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Blooms in the garden

18 June 2017 22:22:34

Now that the Rhodos and other spring flowers are over, other plants are taking there place. We have a Cornus tree with a lot of blooms on it this year along with the pinaple sented broom. Also the lovely garden sage with its intence blue flowers. A nice we start to the summer.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 June 2017 22:27:51

That's a fine cornus.

Scrubber Scrubber 18 June 2017 22:48:17

Lovely shapes and colour combinations there! Is it kousa?

Fleurette Fleurette 18 June 2017 23:47:16

Scent is all important, isn't it?  I am so very aware of it this year.  The roses are quite wonderful.  Love your sage, and the C. Batandieri looms really good.  I'm dying to have a cornus.  

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 June 2017 08:17:16

It has been a great year for Cornus, flowering really well. Cytisus battandieri is a fantastic wall shrub and I love the smell of pineapple from it. The yellow flowers against the grey foliage is a gorgeous contrast.

JoanG JoanG 19 June 2017 22:38:30

All three look good! 

rhody rhody 20 June 2017 23:13:05

Yes I think it is Kousa, it never flowered until last year and then only a few blooms.

This year it excelled itself like a lot of trees here.


11 June 2017 23:46:33

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Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 June 2017 09:00:04

Gorgeous, Robert. A few years ago, when visiting Rome, it was fantastic to see them in flower growing on the side of the roads and flowering on the bare branches. I had a white one flower this year, but it is only a small tree yet. 

Dick Dick 12 June 2017 19:27:44

Looking great.

Jackie Jackie 13 June 2017 08:15:31


Cercis in bloom

11 June 2017 23:43:06

I took these photos a week or so ago of the pink Cercis in bloom. The tree was covered with blooms coming out of the stem its self. The leaves that are now fully out are nice in there self.

Shady Characters

15 May 2017 12:40:18

Last year I bought three shade loving plants which now reside beneath the big gunnera clump. The gunnera  provides shade during the main summer months that keeps them happy. They are Brunnera macrophyllum "Jack Frost"   Podophyllum "Spotty Dotty"  and Lamiastrum"Hermanns Pride".  They have put on a lot of growth this year and look great, especially spotty dotty which I really love. The foliage in all three of them is bright and cheery. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 May 2017 12:53:30

Wow! I love that third plant. I've never heard of it. I think it'll be going on my list.

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 15 May 2017 16:54:29

Me too looks like a flock of birds!

Myrtle Myrtle 15 May 2017 18:24:58

The right plant in the right place!

accsean accsean 15 May 2017 18:52:20

Three great plants there, Rhody and all happy out.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2017 23:00:34

Spotty Dotty are always a talking point and very few visitors pass them without asking what they are. I love both the leaves and the dark flowers. Brunner 'Jack Frost' is so popular and for a good reason, a super plant.

Fleurette Fleurette 17 May 2017 09:21:14

Rhody, in what way is the lamiastrum different to a lamium?  Tidier, less straggly, stronger markings?

All three look really well and should give good interest under your great umbrellas.  

rhody rhody 19 May 2017 23:39:46

Fleurette, the lamiastrum is a little more straggly but good markings and nice plant.

Gunnera and Rheum

19 April 2017 21:56:22

Its so encouraging to see new leaves on trees especially the acers and Rhodos in bloom. In one area we have woodland leafy plants coming up now. In the photos are the big Gunnera with a nice leaved Rheum as its neighbour. The gunnera needs a bit of elbo room but I love it.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 19 April 2017 22:57:35

Fantastic colour on the stems of your Rheum. Do you have any name for it? Hope you are feeling better again.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 20 April 2017 07:44:28

Two great plants. I'd love the space for a Rheum.

Mary B Mary B 20 April 2017 11:58:42

Beautiful plants, need a bit more than elbow room i'd say!

rhody rhody 21 April 2017 15:43:32

Thanks Mary, I am feeling a lot better now though limited what I can do in the garden. Are you going to Birr next month? I don't know the name of the Rheum but in spring and early summer it shows its colour well. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 21 April 2017 16:36:52

Not this year! Robert and I had been so looking forward to the dancing. My son is bestman for his friend that weekend and we are on babysitting duty. Looking forward to next year in the north.

Dick Dick 21 April 2017 19:23:25

Very interesting plants Rhody. I am not familiar with same


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