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Summer stunners.

13 August 2017 19:53:39

Evening all, I haven't been on the site much lately, as unlike other members gardens my garden isn't too colourful in these months.

Having said that, there is always something to be admired and Hibiscus 'angel heart' is at its brilliant best at the moment. God only knows how good it would be if we got some decent heat.

I adore scented lillies and have a nice few of them around the garden. The one shown in the second photo is almost six feet tall and is most impressive, and the scent is divine.

A seldom seen shrub is Clethra and what a shame, as it is a wonderful addition to any garden. The flowers are also scented and I am very fond of it.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 August 2017 20:54:58

I have two Hibiscus, and they are positively puny compared to yours. I think I may have them about 5yrs at this stage.

Love that Clethra. Really gorgeous.

accsean accsean 13 August 2017 21:09:26

Thanks Jacinta, of my four Hibiscus 'angel heart' is my best performer. One of the others used to be fabulous, but I moved it as my wife didn't like where it was as it was very bare looking for a lot of the year and I foolishly acquisced and it has sulked for the last few years. Lesson learnt.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 13 August 2017 21:30:55

Beautiful healthy looking plants. That lily must be even more fabulous in the flesh.


accsean accsean 13 August 2017 21:35:25

Thanks Michele Maria, it surely is.

Eilish Eilish 13 August 2017 22:12:25

That is a beautiful Hibiscus.

accsean accsean 13 August 2017 22:21:09

Thanks Eilish.

JoanG JoanG 13 August 2017 22:31:25

Yes, that is a gorgeous Hibiscus, Sean, packed with flowers.  I like the look of the Clethra too, not a plant that I know so thanks for posting about it. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 August 2017 00:32:20

I have two hibiscus in pots the past two years. I bought them in flower, they came back the next year but only managed one or two blooms - this year I am waiting with bated breath for the buds to start swelling - there may be more flowers :-)

sallysarah sallysarah 14 August 2017 07:45:42

I love that Clethra - must google it.    Like other gardeners here my Hisbiscus is a shadow of yours.  We have moved it to a sunnier spot, fed and mulched it so here's hopin!!!!!!

accsean accsean 14 August 2017 10:18:42

Thanks Joan, Hazel and Sallysarah. Hibiscus sure can be tempermental. Clethra is well worth having but it favours soil that is on the acidic soil.

Scrubber Scrubber 14 August 2017 22:55:38

Sean you give us so much in Rhodo azalea seasons theres no need to apologise for not having colour. And you have-gorgeous colour. When I saw your lovely lily I trembled for it. Watch out for the dangerous Lily Beetle. It stripped all my turkcaps in a week!!!! Bright red little fellows. And they multiply like anything. They also eat fritillaries!

accsean accsean 15 August 2017 00:08:12

Thanks Scrubber and thanks for the warning. I wasn't aware of those boyos.

Thanks to Scrubber, waiting and hope.

28 July 2017 15:34:41

I have to admit that I am very much my own man when it comes to what I like, whether it is music, gardening etc, and like St Brendan when he was ploughing his lonely furrow through North, South, East and West, I go my own way most of the time. But it is always good to know when someone is giving good advice and a few weeks ago Scrubber remarked that a few Marigolds would be nice around the base of the fantastic R.bureavii, as he said the flower colour would go well with the underleaf indumentum. I am glad to say I followed his advice, and even though the photo doesn't capture it properly, the combination works great, so thank you Scrubber and thanks to my Mam for getting them for me.

I planted my Lirodendron tulipflora a good few years ago as I have loved the tree since I saw it in a garden in France, and as it takes years to flower, I wanted it to flower in my lifetime. I bought the variegated form as the normal forms were all too large to fit in my car and I am so pleased with it as the foliage is a joy.

I am lucky that I am very successful with growing my Rhododendrons, as some of them can be fussy and tricky to grow, but one that has never taken off properly is R. fulgens. Hope springs eternal.

Moya Moya 29 July 2017 23:09:56

Sean, I see what you mean about the marigolds setting off the under leaf colour - that is a lovely combination.

I love that Lirodendron. I'm not particularly a fan of variegated plants but that tree is lovely.

Thanks for posting the one rhododendron that hasn't taken off for you. It is good to know you are not perfect and have your challenges like the rest of us.

accsean accsean 29 July 2017 23:57:11

Thanks so much, Moya. I am not a big variegated fan either, but I do think the Lirodendron is exceptionally nice. 

I have had plenty failures in the garden, but prefer to dwell on the positive. Life is easier that way.

Mary B Mary B 30 July 2017 19:53:15

Yes the marigolds are perfect there!

accsean accsean 30 July 2017 20:26:54

Thanks Mary. 

Where is the sun gone?

27 July 2017 20:08:20

Evening everyone. A nasty day here overall, so here are a few photos to compensate in case it was the same wherever you are

R. makinoi is an extremely attractive, narrow leaved species Rhododendron and my first photo today shows it opening some new foliage. Quite delightful. The only drawback is that it can break easily from its roots, but it is well worth taking a chance on it.

The second photo is of inside one of the front walls and the third photo is of a section of the North-Eest garden. There are a nice few gems to be seen in each.

JoanG JoanG 27 July 2017 21:30:43

Gosh that is very unusual rhodo foliage in the first photo, Sean.  The other photos are lovely too; your stone wall shows off the plants well. 

accsean accsean 27 July 2017 21:40:17

Evening Joan and thanks. I have a penchant for narrow leaved Rhodos and that one is one a few different types I have in the garden. I find them very attractive.

It is hard to beat a lovely stone wall, all my Dads work, may he R.I.P.

Mary B Mary B 28 July 2017 00:03:30

Lovely pics Sean.

Nice enough day here really but a bit windy.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 28 July 2017 10:47:50

I love th purple lacecap Hydrangea and your stone wall is beautiful.


accsean accsean 28 July 2017 15:36:20

Thanks a million, Mary and Michele Maria.

From the pole to Japan.

25 July 2017 20:49:19

Evening all, a bit of drizzle here now after a lovely couple of days.

As promised, here is a photo of a flower truss on my late flowering hybrid, R. polar bear. This is a splendid Rhododendron, and as a bonus the flowers are scented as well. This is very strong growing and will grow large.

The second shot is of Azalea nipponicum, a species deciduous Azalea and I adore its foliage.This is a most attractive plant.

fraoch fraoch 25 July 2017 21:17:25

I love the polar bear!

accsean accsean 25 July 2017 21:39:12

Thanks Fraoch, it is a star.

Mary B Mary B 25 July 2017 21:50:40

Yes Polar Bear is a beauty!

The drop of rain is welcome Sean:)

accsean accsean 25 July 2017 21:53:06

Thanks Mary, we don't want too much rain though.

JoanG JoanG 25 July 2017 22:42:50

Polar Bear is a lovely pure white, really lives up to its name.  Looking forward to the forecast overnight rain, the garden could do with it here. 


Jacinta D Jacinta D 25 July 2017 23:00:12

Lovely Rhodo, Sean. Let's hope the rain is only temporary.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 25 July 2017 23:01:41

Round the globe in two photos! Lovely plants Sean!

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 25 July 2017 23:20:28


Jackie Jackie 26 July 2017 08:01:26

 Beautiful,photos Sean 

accsean accsean 26 July 2017 10:03:42

Thanks everyone, much appreciated.

Here and now and a nod to the future.

13 July 2017 20:09:23

New foliage unfurling can be extremely attractive and the first photo showing R. polar bear is a fantastic example. It will be flowering in a few weeks as well, so there is a lot to look forward to.

I have Stewartia pseudocamellia in the garden since 2009 and I am very fond of it. Mind you, it is very slow growing. It flowered the first year after I planted it and not a flower since, so I am very pleased that it has a flower bud this year. I know that Fran has this tree as well, his is probably flowering goodo.

We are constantly told that we should live in the here and now, but at times it is well nigh impossible not to look ahead. The reason I am saying this now is that I think my R. calophytum has produced flower buds for the first time, so if I am right, there is some treat in store next spring or early summer.

Jackie Jackie 13 July 2017 20:22:39

The excitement is great when these things happen Sean!! I love all three photos and they all have their own special 'look' . Sometimes I find that plants, shrubs etc often look just as nice before they actually explode into colour etc!  

fraoch fraoch 13 July 2017 22:22:28

That fresh foliage is lovely. Hope that is a flower bud!

accsean accsean 13 July 2017 22:27:28

Thanks Jackie and Fraoch. Rhodo buds can fool you, but I would be fairly sure it is a flower bud.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 July 2017 22:40:02

A fantastic bark on the Stewartia, beautiful tree.

accsean accsean 13 July 2017 22:53:17

Thanks Mary, I am looking forward to it maturing over the years.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 19 July 2017 10:32:24

I hope your patience is rewarded.


accsean accsean 19 July 2017 12:53:25

Thanks a million, Michele.


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