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Drumanagh's Journal

Drumanagh's Journal

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Loropetalum

24 July 2011 11:44:10
Loropetalum

Loropetalum

I got a few weeks grace for my presentation on poisonous plants as I don't have to do it now until September which gives me more time to explore the fascinating subject. Thank you for the great suggestions and I was very interested to read the discussion on Rachels journal about Giant Hogweed. Definitely not one that I would want in my garden. However recently I did get a Viburnum rhytidophyllum, Ampelosis, Coronilla valentina and a purple leaved Loropetalum with lovely pinky red flowers. Loropetalum is totally new to me. Apparently it is related to Witch Hazel which you can see from the Spidery flowers. I've put it in a hanging basket for now as it has a drooping habit, with a Geranium, Pink leaved Fuschia, white Lobelia and some Rhodochiton (inspired by Bill's Wheelbarrow and Fran's comment on it below). 


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Rachel Rachel 24 July 2011 11:55:19

You have excellent taste in plants :) I missed your last post but, if writing on poisonous plants, the hallucinogenic properties of Brugmansia might be worth a mention.


Drumanagh Drumanagh 24 July 2011 12:47:45

Thanks Rachel :)) 


Myrtle Myrtle 24 July 2011 13:56:59

Alison, it is a lovely plant (see my journal 7th May 2010). Rachel gave me a present of one but sadly it surcumbed to the weather last winter :(  So take extra special care of it.


Drumanagh Drumanagh 24 July 2011 15:55:53

Thanks Myrtle, I remember reading that and thinking it was a lovely plant but the name didn't stick in my head. I'll try a few cuttings and send one your way if they work. Apparently it likes acid conditions too - I should have checked that before I planted it. Doh!


Myrtle Myrtle 24 July 2011 16:02:28

I do hope you have success with it, I have looked at them for sale since and hesitated! Thanks for the offer of a cutting:)


fran m fran m 25 July 2011 09:08:11

Alison, that looks great. I lost mine last winter as well a great plant.

Do not credit Bill with the planting of the Rhodochition in the wheel barrow, it was the real Boss that did that.................. ;-))


HeadGardener HeadGardener 03 August 2011 10:53:42

Now Fran why woud you spoil my bask in the inspirational spotlight :-)







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