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Bud watch, M. susan and R. taurus.

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.

Dick Dick 27 March 2017 20:19:23

Sean, your M. Susan is well ahead of mine.

JoanG JoanG 27 March 2017 20:28:15

Lovely flowers on both the magnolia and rhodo, Sean, and you are showing admirable patience with your bud watch!  Yes, the weather is heavenly and so timely with the extra hour of daylight to enjoy it.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 27 March 2017 21:04:31

Gorgeous colour Magnolia. I had 'Susan' years ago. Can't remember what happened to it, but it'd definitely be worth getting another one. Oops, that means another planter. :)

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 27 March 2017 21:25:12

Fantastic magnolia. Great colour flower on the Rhododendron. 

PeterW PeterW 27 March 2017 22:00:24

Gorgeous flowers Sean and yes the weather is excellent at the moment. Long may it last.

accsean accsean 27 March 2017 22:46:55

Thanks Dick, isn't it amazing the way flowering times can be so different.

Thanks Joan, patience is the lot of a species Rhodo enthusiast.

Thanks Jacinta, what would you choose between a Drimys or a M. susan. There's a conundrum.

Thanks Mary, didn't you get a M. susan lately. It will be great with your collection.

Thanks Peter, a drop of rain is on the way but hopefully not for too long.

Jackie Jackie 28 March 2017 07:33:52

I have M.Susan in my front garden just coming into flower now but it's only a young young ;) but still the scent is amazing. That Rhodo is beautiful too. And as Joan said, your patience is commendable regarding the bud watch, look forward to seeing it in flower.  When do you expect that to be? 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 28 March 2017 07:39:01

Sean, I'd probably pick both. I'm a sucker for acid-loving plants. For some strange reason I can almost feel that they love acid soil before I even know what they are. I'm automatically drawn to them. LOL

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 28 March 2017 08:57:00

Sean, I do grow Magnolia 'Susan', but I was very lucky and won it at our local garden club about eight/nine years ago. 

accsean accsean 28 March 2017 09:40:58

Thanks Jackie, I would say it will flower in the latter end of April or early May.

Thanks Jacinta, I am lucky I married a Murroe girl as the soil in my home place, Fedamore, isn't suited for acidic loving plants. 

Thanks Mary, that was a lucky win.

Full glory.

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.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 23 March 2017 19:24:07

Wow they are allin abundance, must be all the tlc you give

 

accsean accsean 23 March 2017 19:44:00

Thanks Jackie, at this stage they look after themselves but I always talk nice to them and I always say thanks.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 March 2017 20:25:48

I love Forsythia. I need more space!!!

accsean accsean 23 March 2017 20:28:00

Evening Jacinta, thanks.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 March 2017 21:08:41

A fantastic magnolia and love the camellia, so many flowers. 

fraoch fraoch 23 March 2017 21:43:19

All beautiful! Definitely the bit of nice talk helps.

accsean accsean 23 March 2017 22:20:42

Thanks Mary and Fraoch. 

Fleurette Fleurette 23 March 2017 22:25:13

Lovely plants, all showing off what they are capable of. 

accsean accsean 23 March 2017 22:33:53

Thanks Fleurette, well said.

Jackie Jackie 24 March 2017 08:25:43

Beautiful 

accsean accsean 24 March 2017 08:27:06

Thank you, Jackie.

fran m fran m 24 March 2017 08:58:54

LIKE x 3

accsean accsean 24 March 2017 14:38:32

Thanks Fran.

Drimys aromatica and Viburnum carlesii 'aurora'.

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.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 21 March 2017 16:00:16

That's a fine specimen of a Drimys, Sean. Flowers are lovely too. One of these days I'll actually buy one. Not having acid soil in my garden would never put me off growing it, as I have Camellias, Pieris, Heathers, and Rhododendrons all in ericaceous planters and they do well.

accsean accsean 21 March 2017 18:03:56

Thanks Jacinta, I may have said it before but I really admire people like you who can grow those shrubs successfully in containers. I have it easy.

Myrtle Myrtle 21 March 2017 18:30:33

3 nice photos

accsean accsean 21 March 2017 18:32:43

Thanks Myrtle.

JoanG JoanG 21 March 2017 22:40:39

Lovely shrubs Sean; I didn't know that Drimys had such nice flowers and the Viburnum is really lovely. 

accsean accsean 21 March 2017 23:04:19

Thanks Joan. This is the best flowering year the Drimys has had thus far.

LindaB LindaB 22 March 2017 08:03:23

Very nice!

Jackie Jackie 22 March 2017 08:55:37

All three are stunning but that second photo steals the show for me. 

accsean accsean 22 March 2017 09:23:51

Thanks Linda.

Thanks Jackie, I agree that the flowers are very attractive.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 22 March 2017 19:49:53

My Drimys survived the bad winters as well and I don't think they are grown as much as they should. Love the scent from the viburnum.

accsean accsean 22 March 2017 23:57:13

Thanks Mary, couldn't agree more.

Bud watch, M.merrill and R.pachysanthum.

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.

roofy roofy 20 March 2017 18:49:54

Gidday Sean,great blooms.trust your weather improves for you.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 20 March 2017 18:52:47

Gorgeous magnolia, but there isn't an ugly magnolia, fantastic trees. Love the rhododendron splashed with pink. We are all waiting for our favourite plants to open at this time of year. I am at present watching an Arum Creticum.

accsean accsean 20 March 2017 19:05:01

Thanks Roofy, the week isn't looking good but there is nothing to be done about it. 

Thanks Mary, We are in accordance on Magnolias. I must look up Arum Creticum.

PeterW PeterW 20 March 2017 19:48:20

Looking great Sean and I believe frosts forecast for this week so here's hoping you don't lose any of those buds.

accsean accsean 20 March 2017 19:52:14

Thanks Peter, I hope so too.

Jackie Jackie 21 March 2017 07:31:33

Fantastic photos as always. Oh I do hope the weather is kind to you too , Sean. Dusting of snow here this morning and bitter cold but the sun is out and the sky is blue so looks like a nice day ahead. Hopefully that frost won't happen tonight!! 

accsean accsean 21 March 2017 09:01:28

Thanks Jackie, far from blue skis here I'm afraid.

St Patricks day greetings etc.

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.

Dick Dick 16 March 2017 13:49:10

The same to you Sean. These plants are strange to me. When I saw R. shamrock I thought for a moment that it was our national emblem. Of course I should have been thinking of Trifolium.

accsean accsean 16 March 2017 13:58:27

Thanks Dick. I'll have to go searching for our proper Shamrock later on.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 16 March 2017 18:53:30

Lovely selection of Camellias and a fantastic colour on Rhododendron 'Shamrock', Sean.

accsean accsean 16 March 2017 19:14:16

Thanks Mary,

Scrubber Scrubber 16 March 2017 21:18:33

I found that shamrock was quite scarce this year. Those camellias are wonderful aso th other two really gorgeous rhodos. many thanks for the inspiration.much appreciated

accsean accsean 17 March 2017 00:12:32

Thanks Scrubber, glad you like them.

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