Saturday, 6 June 2009

Astrantia bavarica - Another fantastic find!




I have been looking for an Astrantia for a while now.  I'm not the type of gardener who is after the latest cultivar or the Chelsea favourite.  I prefer species types or plants that are not widely available.

I found my Astrantia at a favourite haunt of mine, although slightly unconventional in gardening terms.  An art gallery in Carmarthen.  The two ladies who run the art and craft supplies floor of the gallery propagate their own plants and they always have a different selection available.
I had never heard of Astrantia bavarica before and although superficially it is the same as Astrantia major I have been informed that it is in fact a seperate species and as the name suggests originating from Bavaria.

The small plant cost me 75p which, when talking Astantia's, is a steal to say the least.  I think every Astrantia I've seen recently is around the £5 mark and as I'm a complete cheapskate I couldn't possibly justify that!  I snapped it up rather quickly and I'm rather chuffed to have it in my collection.

I've placed the Astrantia next to my half barrel pond (http://ryans-garden.blogspot.com/2009/05/half-barrel-ponds-are-great-for-small.html) where it has room to grow and plenty of wildlife to enjoy it.

Astrantia's enjoy full to part sun with moist rich soil.  They are great in woodland or riverbank settings and are pretty tolerant of all conditions when established.  As the half barrel garden has a wildlife area feel to it I thought that this Astrantia would benefit from the dappled light that the Viburnum casts and the cool, moist soil.

The plant is a gem to photograph and I will be hanging some of my images in my house very soon.


14 comments:

  1. Very pretty! You sound very pleased with yourself, but at 75p, deservedly so!

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  2. What a gem as well as being candidate for bargain of the year ! The gallery sounds an excellent source of palnts. I have not heard of this one before but if it's like many other astrantias be careful not to let it go to seed :)

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  3. Never seen anything like it. Stunning !!!!
    The texture,colors and the various shapes in just one flower is amazing.

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  4. What a gorgeous plant. I find that garden centres usually have the same old varieties of plants from one year to the next so to find somewhere like the gallery where you can find something different is great.

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  5. Lovely. Astrantias are a great garden plant and underused here. Difficult to find in garden centers locally--I have to order it when I want to use it.

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  6. Beautiful! Wonder where in Bavaria it's from, maybe the Alps. I'm from Northern Bavaria and never saw this plant for sure...

    Great photos, too!

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  7. Wow! What a remarkable flower and photo. A plant I will have to research!! Thanks for the inspiration. Lovely to have found your blog!

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  8. I saw your post on my reader, yesterday, and thought what a fascinating flower that is. Sorry I'm just stopping by today. It is something most people probably have not seen...and it does photograph well (especially with YOUR camera!!). Or, was it your talent and expertise? Probably a little of both...but I'll give you most of the credit;-)

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  9. Thanks for all the comments. I really do love what has been left for me!

    This is a fantastic plant! And again the flowers are rather long lasting.

    Jan: It does photograph well and it definitely has nothing to do with my expertise as I use my mobile (cell) phone. Thanks for the compliment though!

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  10. I'm LOVING the Astrantia photos, BTW. I was discussing last week with someone that BBC Gardens Illustrated had some great Astrantia photos in their latest issue, in an article on umbellifers. You're so up on what's cool! I should expect no less.

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  11. Can you give me the address of the art gallery please, my son is going to Swansea Uni in September and I would like to visit it.

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  12. I believe its Oriel Myrddin

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