I’m back at it again this year, loving a plant that’s (mostly) not hardy in my zone. Here is a roundup of the Echium that I’m currently obsessing over, first the surprise. I had completely forgotten this little Echium russicum seedling until weeding earlier this spring. Bought at the Spring 2010 HPSO Plant Sale I had planted it and forgot about it. When a simple tug didn’t pull it from the ground I looked closer and remembered, could it be? Yes and it’s about to bloom…perhaps in time for June’s bloomday!? (I promise to be in better spirits this bloomday than I was for May) A hardy Echium! E. russicum is hardy to at least zone 7. Why is it not more widely available?
Next is a pair of Echium x wildpretii 'Rocket'…one miraculously lived through the winter in the ground…protected with bubble wrap and a over turned terra cotta pot. And one cruised through in a protected container, now planted in the ground. They are both growing like weeds but showing no signs of a bloom, which is fine with me, I like them as is.
Then there is a huge Echium pininana I bought in February at the Yard, Garden, and Patio Show. I could see early on it was pushing out a bloom. It just got taller and taller. And now the buds are starting to open, I hope it lasts for a long long time. Last up is the gorgeous variegated Echium that I bought from Cistus earlier this spring. This is becoming an annual (3 years now) tradition. How could I not? In case you missed it the folks at Annie’s Annuals recently blogged about their blooming Echiums, and asked their fans to share photos: http://blog.anniesannuals.com/2011/05/27/show-us-your-echiums check it out!