Roots of Bidens

Anyone who has ever rooted cuttings will know how happy this has made me.  But more so.  And also somewhat surprised.

I was a little slow off the mark to propagate Bidens aurea ‘Hannay’s Lemon Drop’.  This 1m high beauty has had a tough year.  Out of necessity it had to be moved mid season.  A new fence was being erected to prevent the pygmy goats getting their heads stuck through the gaps again.  I am still having nightmares about the last time this happened.  They might be little, but they are very strong.  Wire cutters were involved.  Anyway I digress.  At the same time as smaller gauge fencing was installed the boundary was amended.

Moving a plant in July is not ideal treatment, but to add insult to injury its new home was to be the compacted, subsoil replete, inhospitable, Larch Tree bed.   After a chop back, lots of compost and sweet words sung, it has romped away.  Enough to spare a few cuttings.  Which have made this amount of root in two weeks.  I may have been forgiven.  I am very happy.

Bidens aurea 'Hannay's Lemon Drop'

Bidens aureum “Hannay’s Lemon Drop”

IMG_4237The more I walk the gardens of this world, the more I am reminded just how little I know.  How is it possible that I have not come across Bidens aurea “Hannay’s Lemon Drop” before?  It is unlikely that I could have walked past this beauty and not been stopped in my tracks.  Supermodel elegant, fashionably late flowering, with chic-ly understated flowers, the only embellishment being each petal end is dunked in virginal white.  Of course there may be hidden secrets, not apparent on first meeting, perhaps invasive or short-lived or high maintenance.  For this instant I didn’t care about any potential foibles, I was happy to admire the perfect airy blooms against the clear autumnal sky.