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Courage in the face of adversity.

08 June 2017 16:09:34

Battering and buffeting from the wind and rain isn't conducive to Paeonia flowers giving their best display, but they are still lovely all the same.

The first one shown is R. bowl of beauty and the second is P. moon of nippon.

The third shot is of the bell shaped flowers of my Zenobia pulverulenta. This is a really lovely, desirable shrub and another that I am extremely fond of. 

Jackie Jackie 08 June 2017 19:26:19

I have one Peony here which has a bud for ages but alas no flower opening yet and then with the rain.....well lets just say its lovely to see yours!! They look terrific and as for the Zenobia...that is just AMAZING, such a pretty little flower, gorgeous!

Scrubber Scrubber 08 June 2017 20:34:39

Sean Bowl of beauty and others on sale in Lidle for about 7 euro each! Shirley temple and Inspector somebody Lampreuve?

accsean accsean 08 June 2017 22:55:13

Thanks Jackie, the Zenobia is a great shrub.

Thanks Scrubber, I will have a look out for those tomorrow.

JoanG JoanG 09 June 2017 10:45:36

Torrential rain here late yesterday and needless to say the paeony flowers are horizontal!  Hope yours are holding up better Sean, photos are lovely.  I had never heard of Zenobia and it looks beautiful. 

accsean accsean 09 June 2017 11:20:20

Thanks Joan, at least today is a bit better weatherwise.

Small flowers, salmon and a rarity.

07 June 2017 21:13:14

Evening all, woeful weather but what's new with that. 

I think that Kalmia argustifolia is a great shrub and a good addition to a garden that has the soil to suit it. Jacinta has said that she doesn't like the small flowers, but I find them attractive. Different strokes for different folks.

It would be very hard to dislike R. tortoiseshell orange, a smashing hybrid. In fairness the flower colour is more salmon than orange, but that doesn't detract from it in any way.

So many of the Rhodos have opened new foliage and to my mind this can be as attractive as the flowering season. Shown is R. platypodum, a species which is almost extinct in the wild and which was the main reason I added it to the garden a few years ago, and am I happy I did as the foliage is just terrific. It will be some specimen in time.

JoanG JoanG 07 June 2017 21:20:25

Now those three will cheer us up on a grey evening Sean!  The orange rhodo makes a lovely splash of colour and R. platypodum must have the most unusual rhodo leaves I've ever seen. I like your Kalmia too, a shrub not seen all that often. 

accsean accsean 07 June 2017 21:41:48

Thanks Joan. R. platypodum has very short leaf stalks which makes it unusual. I first saw Kalmia at the lovely 'Lake hotel' in Killarney and it was love at first sight. 

Scrubber Scrubber 07 June 2017 23:01:09

I love all three and that Rhodo is fascinating. Like Joan I am stunned! Have just bought two orange coloured roses and am amazed at myself!

accsean accsean 07 June 2017 23:02:59

Thanks Scrubber, we could all do with a treat these days.

Jackie Jackie 07 June 2017 23:14:42

My goodness Sean, you never cease to amaze with all your stunning shrubs. Really stunning. But the Rhodo is  superb

accsean accsean 08 June 2017 10:32:26

Thank you, Jackie.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 08 June 2017 11:20:46

It is time for zingy colours. It is the summer after all, which I know it is hard to believe with the weather this morning. Fantastic plants as always.

accsean accsean 08 June 2017 12:08:46

Thanks so much, Mary.

Get on your bike and ride.

29 May 2017 12:54:44

I would consider myself a fairly observant person, especially where my Rhodos and Azaleas are concerned so I was amazed a few days ago to see a first ever flower truss on the species Rhodo, R.insigne. How I missed it up to that I don't know, my excuse is that it was close to the ground. When my son was learning to cycle a number of years ago, he managed to plough through the middle of this Rhodo on two occasions. I don't know did Sean Kellys parents have those tribulations. Despite these setbacks it recovered very well and it is now a very attractive Rhodo for foliage, and as the photo shows for flowers as well. 

Paeonia veitchii var woodwardii is an utterly delightful species Paeonia and is a really nice plant to have in the garden.

I have been raving lately on the merits of deciduous Azaleas and the last photo for now shows the flowers of the scented A. anneke.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 29 May 2017 14:52:16

What a gorgeous Peony, Sean. Actually, three great photos.

accsean accsean 29 May 2017 17:00:09

Thanks Jacinta, it is most attractive.

JoanG JoanG 29 May 2017 22:16:12

I love the delicate colour of the rhodo, Sean, and good to know that it can survive a bicycle attack!

accsean accsean 29 May 2017 22:48:25

Thanks Joan, it sure has a lot going for it.

Jackie Jackie 30 May 2017 07:17:19

Another 3 great photos. I laughed when I read the part about your son and his bicycle. I wonder where there a few choice words said then lol. It's great it survived though. ;) 

accsean accsean 30 May 2017 10:19:49

Thanks Jackie, I'll plead the fifth amendment on that.

fran m fran m 31 May 2017 15:54:20

Super photos Sean

accsean accsean 31 May 2017 16:20:15

Thanks a million, Fran.

A kaleidoscope of colour.

26 May 2017 21:29:07

Evening all. A bit of drizzle at times, but the heavy rain has stayed away thus far. The garden is looking great, with plenty to admire.

R. furnivalls daughter is a very free flowering hybrid Rhododendron and is very impressive. I have noticed it has a light scent which I haven't seen mentioned in any articles I have read about it.

The species deciduous Azalea, A luteum is a wonderful, scented  Azalea and is a great addition to any garden.

I have mentioned many times how fond I am of deciduous Azaleas and the hybrids really give magnificent displays and often are scented as well. The last photo shows A. glowing embers on the left and A. golden flare on the right. They really are splendid. The observant among you will notice the lovely Kalmia on the left of the photo, I will show that another evening.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.



Scrubber Scrubber 26 May 2017 22:59:27

Of course we all immediately went to the left! Gorgeous colour Sean your garden must be an explosion of colour in your garden at present.

accsean accsean 26 May 2017 23:34:33

Thanks Scrubber, it is fairly good at the minute, I am dead pleased with it.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 May 2017 09:39:19

I gave away my Kalmia. I felt it didn't warrant a proper space in my garden as the flowers were way too small for my liking.

accsean accsean 27 May 2017 10:48:46

Thanks Jacinta, I really like it but it probably is more suited to the sort of garden I have.

Monday evening Rhododendrons.

22 May 2017 19:19:06

Evening everyone, the first photo I have for you this evening is of a couple of flower trusses on R. brachycarpum var roseum, which is a dwarf form of the species and very nice it is too.

The second photo is of a flower truss on R. gomer waterer, a common hybrid, but a really good one and well worth having in the garden.

The third shot is of A. golden flare, a lovely, scented deciduous Azalea which has some other beautiful shrubs for company. This section of the garden has turned out extremely well.

Jackie Jackie 22 May 2017 19:22:31

Three beauties, Sean, but I really like the first photo, lovely colouring!

accsean accsean 22 May 2017 20:15:16

Thanks Jackie, the flowers on that Rhodo have an unusual colouring. It is very good for foliage as well.

Fleurette Fleurette 22 May 2017 22:22:46

What a lovely time of year when these beauties are in full bloom.  I hope to find time soon to out up a journal a d a few pictures oof a rhodo and deciduous axpzalea garden I visited last Saturday.  

Yo ur rhodos are very special. 

accsean accsean 22 May 2017 22:52:06

Thanks Fleurette, I look forward to seeing those.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 23 May 2017 22:15:42

They are beautiful. I love the yellow one.

accsean accsean 23 May 2017 22:57:31

Thanks a million, Michele Maria.


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