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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.

Flying solo and combinations.

19 May 2017 20:23:45

Evening all, as an old neighbour of mine used to say years ago, 'it's no day for a bee'. That may be so, but it is always a good time to show off some of my Rhododendrons.

The first shot is of R. catawbiense boursault, a common hybrid, but I like the flower colour and it always puts on a decent show.

I love the second photo as it does a good job of showing what my garden is all about. The Oak in the background sets off the two Rhodos (L to R. unknown and R.marcel menard) to perfection with the Cotinus doing a photobomb to the right. Just lovely.

The third photo shows off another combination that I am pleased with. R. ponticum variegatum is one of the two most common variegated Rhodos, (the other being R. goldflimmer), and here I have it paired with that very fine hybrid, R. graziela.

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Fleurette Fleurette 19 May 2017 22:53:25

Great pairing of  super looking Plants.  I just love the colour of Marcel Menard.  

It has been a great year for all plants, especially the rhodos.  

Jackie Jackie 20 May 2017 08:09:20

Wow they look beautiful, Sean. While in Donegal, Kittybane garden had fabulous Rhodos and their colour was amazing. Great photos   I love them all!! 

sallysarah sallysarah 20 May 2017 08:33:39

A wonderful garden full of Rhodos and Azaleas was featured in Gardner's World last night - a garden in Surrey, UK.  I can't think of the garden name!!!  Glorious show there in your gard, Sean!!!!

accsean accsean 20 May 2017 09:27:38

Thanks Fleurette, Jackie and Sally. There is a lot to be said for our mild, damp climate. I woulsd have liked to have seen that programme, Sally.

sallysarah sallysarah 20 May 2017 20:15:34

Sean, gardener's world is repeated tomorrow (Sunday) early morning.  I missed Beechcroft  (gdn prog from Scotland) Thursday so will look at it tomorrow so will have to be up early!!!!!  BBC 1 or 2.  I will also watch GW again just for that wonderful gdn!!

accsean accsean 20 May 2017 20:35:15

Thanks for that, Sally.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 May 2017 22:36:23

Sean, you would adore the garden featured on Gardener's World last night. You can also get the programme on Utube. I think Rhododendron graziela was featured in the programme.

Moya Moya 21 May 2017 01:00:19

Wonderful photos of beautiful Rhodos and combinations.

accsean accsean 21 May 2017 16:48:35

Thanks for that info, Mary.

accsean accsean 21 May 2017 16:50:12

Thanks Moya.

accsean accsean 22 May 2017 09:15:52

I saw that Gardeners world and really enjoyed it, so thanks again, Sally and Mary.

Preferences and associations.

18 May 2017 18:29:23

Very showery here this afternoon and evening, but I got out to take a few photos anyway.

I have a preference for the deciduous Azaleas over the evergreen Azaleas but I have to say that the evergreens can be very impressive in flower and A. kermesina rose is a good example. 

The second photo shows the deciduous Azalea, A homebush and I just love this shrub. It is extremely attractive in every way and the photo explains better than I can put in words why I prefer the deciduous type.

My Crinodendron has never looked or flowered better, it is a very impressive large shrub at this stage and associates very well with neighbouring Rhodos and Azaleas. I wouldn't be without it.

Scrubber Scrubber 18 May 2017 20:04:17

I think Crinodendrons are very classy plants.Quietly impressive and not needing to be brightly coloured yet convincing. That probably sounds very silly but I think of them as quiet modest and very strong. I only have two and they are only a metre tall so I look forward to having them like yours Sean.

accsean accsean 18 May 2017 21:06:08

Thanks Scrubber, they are impressive at the size my one is now, and it is great considering it got very badly hit by the bad winters of a few years ago.

PeterW PeterW 18 May 2017 22:25:15

Looking great Sean, I find alot of stuff doing extra good this year and wonder is it down to the very mild winter.

accsean accsean 18 May 2017 23:00:29

Thanks Peter, it is quite possible.

Jackie Jackie 19 May 2017 08:40:51

Gorgeous Sean. My Crindodendron is doing fantastic too. It's about 6ft tall now but not as wide as yours. I have it in a border near my patio doors. Looks great at the moment. 

accsean accsean 19 May 2017 10:45:40

Thanks Jackie, they are looking well this year.

Rho no!!!

15 May 2017 18:37:53

I was saddened today to get an email from Glendoick nursery saying they are discontinuing mail order due to various reasons, which are well worth reading if you log onto their website. I would like to wish them all the best for the future and I will sorely miss my yearly order. My garden is full of their fantastic plants. I will have to try and get another source for my Rhododendrons. Millais nursery looks a good option, I will keep you posted. Credit to my son for the journal title.

The latest and last of my Magnolias to flower is M. williamsii, I had one flower last year and will have five or so this year. They have a lovely scent and I am very fond of this wonderful Magnolia.

An old and very reliable hybrid is R. alfred and every year is as good as the previous one for flowers.

It would be fair to say that my sister isn't into gardening so you can imagine my surprise when she purchased an evergreen Azalea at a local market. She had been sizing them up for a few weeks and was smitten. Of course the poor girl didn't realise she needed ericaceous compost for it as she wanted to put in a bigger planter and now she has to gather rainwater for it as well. Is she converted?, I'll have to wait and see. In her honour the third shot shows a couple of my evergreen Azaleas and other plants on a section of the bank at the back of the house.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 May 2017 19:45:11

I hope you get as good as a supplier as Glendoick. It's tough when you have to change to someone else and start from scratch, building up their trust in supplying good healthy plants. Keep us posted on your search.

accsean accsean 15 May 2017 19:50:41

Thanks Jacinta, you make a very good point on the trust issue. I will let you know how that goes. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 May 2017 22:57:24

I wonder is this due to the UK leaving the EU and will other nurseries follow, hope not.I love the magnolia, beautiful flower.

accsean accsean 15 May 2017 23:18:04

Evening Mary, that is one of the reasons cited, but there are others as well which make for interesting and not very encouraging reading. Thanks.

Fleurette Fleurette 17 May 2017 09:13:41

Sean, remember I am calling there 1st week of July in a big coach...... happy days! .... and said coach is not full of passengers.  So huge amount of luggage space!  

If you have an order, I could collect it and the Maghera and District Gardening Group would be so delighted and interested to be of help.  Then its only a wee trip up to Donegal to collect!   

 

Fleurette Fleurette 17 May 2017 09:16:48

Sean, remember I am calling there 1st week of July in a big coach...... happy days! .... and said coach is not full of passengers.  So huge amount of luggage space!  

If you have an order, I could collect it and the Maghera and District Gardening Group would be so delighted and interested to be of help.  Then its only a wee trip up to Donegal to collect!   

I love Geisha purple.  It does well for me.  

 

accsean accsean 17 May 2017 16:31:08

Good day Fleurette, and thank you so much for your very kind offer. It is much appreciated. I am fine for now and have been checking out the Millais site at www.rhododendrons.co.uk and am impressed, so all is looking brighter than it was the other day.

One of my favourite quotes is from Charlotte Bronte and it is apt in this case, 'life, believe, is not a dream, so dark as sages say; oft a little morning rain foretells a pleasant day'.

Again, many thanks for your kind offer.

 

 

 

Singing and dancing in the rain.

12 May 2017 19:30:29

The rain finally arrived around two o'clock and even though not heavy, it is constant and if one listens carefully, you can hear the shrubs and trees singing songs of thanks.

R. sneezy and R. dreamland are two hybrids that go well together and even the dull, rainy evening doesn't take from their display. I reckon it's a waltz.

The only Rhodo I don't have a name for is featured in the second photo, I almost lost this three or four years back and nearly took it out but thankfully I am slow to take that step and it recovered brilliantly and has thrived since. Fatal hesitation, I don't think so.

The third photo is a close up of a rain drenched R. marcel menard truss.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 May 2017 20:55:16

It was raining all night here. And apart from a couple of hours earlier, there has been a constant drizzle here all day. Very dark too. Thoroughly miserable.

Lovely photos, Sean.

Scrubber Scrubber 12 May 2017 22:54:39

Just as long as you werent ! Jacinta. I hear the singing Sean! and they are dancing here as well! Lovely pics and hope the rain gives everything a boost!

Dick Dick 12 May 2017 23:11:39

I concur. The rain was more than welcome. I had been to Kilkenny in the morning and back to Carlow about mid day. One could see that the all was going to be great. Now it is. Last night the temperature was above 10 degrees. To night the Musa and bedding plants are outside. This is what happens with the low pressure, little between night and day. Now I don't have to go to the  Marble City to see those from across the Irish Sea hurling. I can see plenty of it at home.

Jackie Jackie 12 May 2017 23:49:47

It's a welcome relief for the garden. It's been raining here since about 6pm but we had glimpses of sunshine during the day too. I love the names Sneezy and Dreamland. They look so good too. 

JoanG JoanG 13 May 2017 00:02:47

Yes, Sneezy and Dreamland do go well together; nice photos Sean.  We've had drizzle or soft rain on and off today and the garden welcomes it but still needs more to recover fully. 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 13 May 2017 00:04:48

Please send some to me.....not a drop all day or night, so far, and gosh we need it so badly.

accsean accsean 13 May 2017 10:15:36

Good morning and thanks to all of you.

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