Roscoa 'Red Gurkha'
Clematis sp. ( viorna ?)
Yesterday I attended a Toronto Botanical Garden lecture/demonstration "Summer Pruning in the Jarvie Garden' given by Marion Jarvie in her own garden in Thornhill, Ontario. Earlier in the week while having coffee with Deborah Mills, we discovered that we were both signed up for the course and so arranged to drive up together. We arrived with a warm welcome from Marion and quickly got down to the course itself.
The lecture was excellent and well demonstrated by Marion's helper David Leeman, but as it progressed it tended to be somewhat upstaged by the garden itself, there were so many new, rare and unusual plants to see that one was constantly distracted by eye-catching combinations of well grown plants. This being the later part of the Clematis season, I was surprised to see how many were still in bloom, no doubt Marion had selected these for their long growing habit. "Roguchi' was perhaps the most dramatic with dark metallic purple ( darker in life than in my picture here) pendulous blooms in great profusion and another which I think is 'Odoriba' was equally prolific. Another beautiful clematis that I have trouble identifying I think maybe C. viorna or perhaps a viorna cross, it had the dark purple/red of C. addisonii but without its glaucous foliage.
The final distraction was a plant that formerly I would have dismissed as over-rated, I've never really liked Roscoea, finding it rather scruffy looking, but I've obviously been looking at the wrong cultivars, for in the Jarvie garden we discovered R. 'Red Gurkha' a spectacular plant dramatic in all its parts, stem, leaf and flower.