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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Shady Area

09 May 2011 18:41:23
Podophyllum hexandrum & Roscoea 'Jeffrey Thomas'

Podophyllum hexandrum & Roscoea 'Jeffrey Thomas'

Okay, I know this is a really bad photo but I'm not braving the elements to get a better one today.

I was delighted to note that my Roscoea are coming into flower and I think my Podophyllum is too (but it's hard to be sure of that as I've never seen one flower before.

I planted the Roscoea and Podophyllum under a Rhododendron but it is a very shady area with compacted soil and I regretted that decision afterwards, thinking that these lovely plants surely could not survive there.

But today I saw the tip of the yellow petals on the first Roscoea and all four have come back.

Of course, naturally, I underplanted the rhodo with this pair because I knew their flowering would coincide. Of course I thought that through!!!

By the way, can anyone identify the Rhododendron?


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ladygardener ladygardener 09 May 2011 20:31:05

I've been looking at podophyllum recently and kaliedascope is on my most wanted list.  Sorry I can't help with the rhodo naming.  I have only two pink rhodo's and they were bought in Lidl two years ago with red flowers on the labels grrrrr!


Myrtle Myrtle 09 May 2011 20:48:38

Great to see something survived that you had little hope for!


fran m fran m 09 May 2011 21:09:01

;-))


Scrubber Scrubber 09 May 2011 22:10:31

Rachel why do you keep planting things that I cant even pronounce let alone recognise! I do recognise the rhodo of course. Its a small red one!


Rachel Rachel 09 May 2011 23:49:32

Hate that, Anne :(

I'm doing it to test you, obviously, scrubber : D

The rhodo is big though, about 10 years in the ground and more than 4ft tall. That's  its trunk in the photo and a low hanging branch.


andyf7 andyf7 10 May 2011 00:05:41

amazing how some plants overcome the odds sometimes, bit like people, the rhodo i do not know, but that was clever underplanting!


HeadGardener HeadGardener 10 May 2011 09:36:47

Rachel looks good will have to look on Wednesday, and by the way w take credit for the mistakes lets take credit for the sucesses too planned or unplanned :-) Ladygardener putting up a photo of the Podophyllum Kaleidoscope now.. if your nice to Rachel maybe she'll pick one up for you hen she buys one at Hunting Brook!! :-) (its a educated guess you will Rachel :-))


Rachel Rachel 10 May 2011 09:45:15

Oh, Bill. I am so ahead of you. I have a Podophyllum 'Kaleidoscope' from my birthday last year :D

Anne, I would be happy to pick up the plant for you. Just message me separately. 


HeadGardener HeadGardener 10 May 2011 09:47:15

You kept that quiet Rachel!! when was your birthday? must have missed that journal :-)


Rachel Rachel 10 May 2011 09:52:08

July last year. I bought it in Coolaught. It is pictured, casually, on my journal of 19 September and in the September album (in case you don't believe me) :) You can see it on Wednesday. It was expensive though, maybe €14 or €15, which is a lot for a perennial.


Rachel Rachel 10 May 2011 09:53:25

And the hexandrum I bought off Deborah last June!


Rachel Rachel 10 May 2011 09:57:21

Your Spotty Dotty looks very nice!


HeadGardener HeadGardener 10 May 2011 10:05:30

Rachel missed that in Coolaught they must be hard to propogate as there all around that price.. expensive but well worth it I hope especially when you think the money we paid for exotic looking things that are now on the compost heap!! :-)  The spotty dotty looks well alright the delavayi was very small but hopefully in time.


Rachel Rachel 10 May 2011 10:11:27

I agree, Bill. That's a good way to look at it. Hardy is the new exotic! Coolaught only had the one when I was there. I never saw that delevayi anuwhere. It looks very nice and would be great for variation. But the 'Kaleidescope' looks the nicest. What do you think, with the 3 together in front of you?


HeadGardener HeadGardener 10 May 2011 10:31:16

got the delavayi from Bob Brown, it's hard to seperate them Rachel, Kaleidoscope look great because of its larger leaves but the spotty dotty will grow bigger in time.. and I've wanted it for quite some  time so it's still think it's my favourite..


accsean accsean 11 May 2011 10:10:30

Inspired planting Rachel. I see that Glendoick have a Podophyllum aurantiocaule in their catalogue so I think I will add that to my autumn order. I have never seen one in reality but the photos of them look great. As for the Rhodo, I'll plead the fifth amendment(whatever that is) and blame the photo quality as an excuse.


Rachel Rachel 11 May 2011 20:42:18

Sean, I'll try to get a better photo of the photo tomorrow as it's in full flower now. Maybe you can id it.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 12 May 2011 09:55:38

AccSean who or where is Glendoick?


Rachel Rachel 12 May 2011 20:29:46

Bill, Glendoick is a Rhododendron nursery in Scotland. It is the only place I've seen where I can source some of the species rhodos I'm looking for. Sean puts in an annual order and, if I behave myself, he might let me come in on his next order.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 12 May 2011 23:54:26

So you won't be ordering anything this year so... :-)


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