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A lovely plant, and one I will add to my varied polygonatum collection once the price starts giong down.
Ohh another one to the list!
Very pretty, they look like little pearl earrings, don't they?
Mine is at the same stage as yours - quick get a picture before the 'beasties' start munching it like they do every year.
So it IS a dark leaved polygonatum - how intriguing! Do the sawfly like it just as much? ;)
It is a lovely one. I bought one last year and it was expensive. The way to keep sawfly off is to check the undersides of the leaves regularly so that you spot the larvae before you get the damage.
So nice to see that you've acquainted yourself with what I consider to be the dark prince of the genus. In no time you will have a substantial sized clump Anna!
Oudolf reckons the sawfly grubs are just as attractive in Dream Plants for the Natural Garden. I wouldn't know. Betburg is a beautiful coloured Solomon's seal.
That's a stunner. I gave up on solomon's seal when I discovered sawfly had reduced mine to the most pathetic looking specimen you can imagine.
Many thanks for your comments. I bought my 'Betburg' a couple of years ago from Avon Bulbs and received a very generous clump which made it much easier to reconcile the expense. I'm saying this in a whisper in case they hear me but so far sawflies have never wreaked any havoc.
All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : firstname.lastname@example.orgNamasté- Anna.