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Rhododendron Leucaspis

20 March 2017 13:33:21

One of the very 1st plants I ever bought for the garden and didn't even know what I was buying. But a plant I do love especially when it's in full flower like it is now. It is planted in the front garden in the shade and seems to be growing away no problems except for some reason only seems to flower every second year even tho rhodo Percy Wiseman next to it flowers everyyear without fail. so I'll enjoy now just in case I have no flowers next year.

LindaB LindaB 20 March 2017 17:20:30

Wow love it, great to have at this time of year!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 March 2017 17:53:28

A great covering of flower and the flowers are Persia white, beautiful.

Congratulations on the birth of Baby Lucy and best wish to Mam and big brother Andrew.

roofy roofy 20 March 2017 18:38:00

A real beauty Peter

accsean accsean 20 March 2017 18:55:19

Evening Peter, I wasn't aware so heartiest congrats on the birth of Lucy.

R.leucaspis is a fantastic species and mine is in full flower at the minute. Species Rhodos can take a year off between flowering once they reach flowering age whereas most of the hybrids don't. R.leucaspis is also not the hardiest so is prone to bud damage but I think the foliage and shape are fantastic anyway.

PeterW PeterW 20 March 2017 20:54:30

Thanks Mary we are thrilled. And thanks Sean too she was a Paddys Day baby :D. Appreciate the info Sean, it would mkae sense on the flowering issue as the plant was very when I bought a few years ago.

JoanG JoanG 20 March 2017 21:44:12

Wonderful news, congratulations Peter and April and no doubt Andrew will be thrilled with his baby sister.  Lovely rhododendron. 

Jackie Jackie 21 March 2017 07:25:09

Huge congratulations again Peter to both you and April. What fantastic news, a gentlemans  family I believe ;). I bet Andrew is just thrilled. Delighted for you all. What a beautiful rhododendron too. 

Mary B Mary B 22 March 2017 20:04:24

Aw..... heartiest congratulations  to you and April on the birth of your baby girl!

Getting something done..

14 March 2017 20:23:06

Delighted with this spell of good weather and stretch in the evenings. It was great to get out this evening after work and give the grass it's 1st cut of the year and the garden is instantly better for it. Some photos of flowers at the moment in the garden.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 14 March 2017 20:25:13

Definitely 'Tahiti'. Can't think why I always get it mixed up with N. 'Replete'. I adore both.

Yes, the longer evenings are really noticeable now. Delighted you got a bit done, Peter.

PeterW PeterW 14 March 2017 20:32:22

Ha yes that's Tahiti alright. And the clocks going forward soon so will be even better

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 14 March 2017 20:53:03

Reasonably bright until seven this evening. Gorgeous daffodils.

Jackie Jackie 14 March 2017 21:39:09

Great weather. summer is coming. Great photos Peter. And speaking of time....when is the little baba due???? mudt be soon now?!  Time! What time then lol 

Dick Dick 14 March 2017 21:54:06

Great photos, Peter. I notice you are about to cut the grass. Like you , I haven't done it yet. I will have to get somebody do it this year.

JoanG JoanG 14 March 2017 22:23:01

Great photos Peter and a lovely rich colour on the primula. 

PeterW PeterW 14 March 2017 22:41:55

Yes Dick, 1st cut today and it makes the garden much tidier looking. Hope you get somebody to sort yours. Jackie She's due on he 20th and nothing yet so the wit goes on. Hopefully i'll have news sooner.

Jackie Jackie 15 March 2017 07:22:55

Oh Peter only another few days. And a little girl too, awww that's lovely especially when you have a gorgeous little boy too. Please God she will arrive soon and I hope April is keeping well too. I'm sure she is well ready too ;) 

PeterW PeterW 15 March 2017 07:32:37

Yup just days now but don't know if it's a girl or boy yet haha April is very ready to have the baby now ha

Jackie Jackie 15 March 2017 07:49:15

Oh sorry Peter haha when you said 'she' is due.....duh. lol. Well the very best of luck and keep us I formed of the happy event ;) 

I love this combination...

12 March 2017 21:03:37

...and scent. I always had the white hyacinths with the purple Dark dimension and a couple of years ago I repotted them with Anemone Blanda. I think this year it is looking incredibly well and all flower together. They looked particularly well yesterday on a rare warm sunny day. 

Can I ask aswell how do you multiply hyacinths, I really want more of the Dark Dimension??

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 March 2017 21:18:33

Yes, definitely a great combination. As for multiplying them? I don't think they do it themselves really. Just keep buying and adding. I buy the prepared ones, and plant them outdoors after flowering. My little collection is finally bulking up.

Scrubber Scrubber 12 March 2017 21:20:37

Yes and after a few years they come back quite fully. This year for the first time I am enjoying a few lovely ones. But takes patience!

PeterW PeterW 12 March 2017 21:23:45

I can't buy again as the purple were a limited off from Mr middletons years back and haven't been available since

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 March 2017 21:47:21

What a pity. I was wondering why I never saw them for sale since you got them.

fraoch fraoch 12 March 2017 21:54:09

They are gorgeous. I don't know of any way to increase them either.

Moya Moya 12 March 2017 22:57:24

That is so cool and sophisticated - wow!

 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 March 2017 07:09:59

A fantastic combination, Peter. I have never seen them split, but I think the way they are increased is by cutting the bulb and once you have a part of the base plate they should develope into new bulbs. We once 'sliced and diced' a snowdrop and got bulbs.

Jackie Jackie 13 March 2017 08:06:37

Peter I've just googled them and Sarah Raven sells them, but just not available yet, but if you check out her website you can get a notification when they will be. Gorgeous combo in that planter.

Geranimojess Geranimojess 13 March 2017 12:37:20

Try Beth Chatto...I'm sure I saw some Photos in one of their Sites a while ago...they do Mail Order...Beth was on G W the other Evening being Interviewed...

Some more colour...

24 February 2017 20:44:20

1st photo is of a hellebore I've had a few years now just coming into flower. It's a super looking flower and seems to really like the shade of the front garden. 

2nd photo is of the ever reliable and fantastic primula Dark Rosaleen. Clumps up nice and fast and I plan to spread it even more this year. My very top primula. Hope to get a bit done this weekend.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 24 February 2017 21:14:23

Beautiful, Peter.

I'm not too hopeful with getting much done at the weekend. Forecast is not great.

accsean accsean 24 February 2017 21:27:24

Beautiful indeed, Peter.

JoanG JoanG 24 February 2017 21:31:08

Both lovely, Peter, and I agree about 'Dark Rosaleen'.  Mary & Paddy kindly gave me  a little one when I visited them and I'm amazed at how well it has come on, a super primula. 

Moya Moya 24 February 2017 23:33:43

I thought Dark Rosaleen had dark coloured foliage or maybe that's just an assumption. That one looks fabulous.

Moya Moya 24 February 2017 23:33:45

I thought Dark Rosaleen had dark coloured foliage or maybe that's just an assumption. That one looks fabulous.

Jackie Jackie 24 February 2017 23:39:27

Fabulous Peter. Love the Hellebore too. 

Scrubber Scrubber 25 February 2017 00:52:04

Yes that hellebore is quite sumshus as Micilin Dee would say. Like the primrose sorry primula a strong bright cheery colour!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 February 2017 07:45:45

Beautiful hellebore and would agree that Primula 'Dark Rosaleen' is one of the best primulas.

Joan, delighted it is doing well for you and it is also good to divide so you will have plenty of plants.

Moya, yes the leaves are darker than the photo.

Peter (Scrubber) must give you some plants of it.

Narcissus Wisley

20 February 2017 20:43:54

Delighted to see these in full flower today when I came home. I have been watching them for the last week. They are a super daffodil and stand up really well to the elements and stay in flower for several weeks as far as I can recall. They are also a full month earlier than last year.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 February 2017 20:51:29

They're beautiful. They almost look like they're going to take flight with those swept-back paler petals.

JoanG JoanG 20 February 2017 21:06:18

Love it!  Great to see the daffs coming now, they seem to be earlier everywhere this year. 

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