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27 March 2017 19:34:08
Hasn't this recent spell of weather been wonderful, a sign of things to come hopefully.
The first photo is todays bud watch entry, it is starting to swell a bit.
The second photo is of the latest Magnolia to flower, M. susan. There is a lovely sweet scent to these flowers and it is yet another wonderful Magnolia.
The last of the photos is of the first of this years trusses of the highly desirable Rhodo hybrid, R.taurus. This is a fantastic Rhodo and one I would recommend. I will show it again when it is in full flower.
23 March 2017 19:13:07
It was a grand day here today and there is plenty to be admired in the garden.
The first photo is of one of my Camellias in its pomp, it is magnificent.
The second photo is a full shot of one of my Magnolia soulangeanas, again in full flower.
Also in full flower is my forsythia, talk of bringing warmth to the garden on a cold day.
21 March 2017 14:08:12
Drimys aromatica is a stunning shrub which is in bloom at the minute. I love everything about Drimys, it has lovely, narrow, dark green foliage with red stems and these lovely flowers. It isn't fully hardy but recovered well for me after the bad winters of a few years ago. It associates very well with Rhodos and Camellias etc and suits my garden all ends up.
I wouldn't be without scented Viburnums and one of the finest is V. carlesii 'aurora'. The scent is divine and one of my favourite scents in the garden.
20 March 2017 18:42:34
Evening all and the weather has taken a turn for the worse, more's the pity. As a result my bud watch photo isn't as clear as I'd like.
The second photo shows the latest Magnolia to flower in my garden, it is the lovely M. merrill.
I have only one truss on the fantastic species R. pachysanthum this year, but the flowers are a bonus on this species as it is all about the foliage.
16 March 2017 12:29:02
As it is nearing St Patricks day, I would like to wish you all a most enjoyable day tomorrow. R. shamrock has been very punctual this year and has flowered on time, I find this an attractive hybrid as it flowers well.
A few days ago I promised to show the Daphne like flowers of the dwarf species, R. cephalanthum crebreflorum and being a man of my word they are featured in photo no 2. Aren't they splendid.
Those of us who are lucky enough to grow Camellias have been featuring them over the last month or so. I have 23 in the garden, mostly Japonicas and Williamsiis and one Sasanqua. My Sasanqua was in full bloom late last year and of the remaining 22 Camellias, 18 have flowered and the other four should be of flowering age in the next couple of years. Most of them flowered really well and photo no 3 shows some of them in the northwest garden. C. rubescens major is on the left and C.debbie is on the right and I have no name for the larger flowered centre one. They are a good example of what is to be seen in the garden at the minute.