By doing this and then bringing ponies onto the land, we were able to encourage the growth of new grass and heather and provide a chance for the marsh gentians
to get a foothold once again.
These rich miniature plants provide a warm blue hue in the low autumn sunlight.
The azure blue petals of the Star Gentian
, Gentiana verna, which I grow in a trough, have a white centre.
Most autumn-flowering gentians
are hybrids whose origins are in the Far East, where they grow on the high plains of the Himalayas, South-west China and Tibet.
If we are able to enter into partnership with a couple more landowners, over the next five years, a huge increase in the gentians
is expected - hopefully making this a UK stronghold and a great place for local people and visitors to enjoy.
Sow seeds of Gentians
, Hellebores, Anemones and other hardy plants in seed trays and pans, leaving them out of doors for the frost to aid germination - but not where they might get flooded.
Q I AM very fond of Himalayan Blue Poppy and Gentians
but they seem to live for a few years then die out.
I don't do many alpines, for example, other than a few gentians
, so that rules out a lot of fiddly seed.
DECORATE your doorstep or windowsill with a shallow bowl filled with autumn-flowering gentians
For pots and windowboxes, the trumpeting gentians
(go for Himalayan types) and dwarf rhododendrons will do you proud.
Tuesday, September 25: Aberconwy Nursery, demonstration, Autumn Gentians
and Dwarf Ericaceae, by Mr Keith Lever, Graig, Glan Conwy, 2pm.
Plant up the area with ground-hugging alpine plants such as gentians
, saxifrages and houseleeks.