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Bud watch, R.barbatum and R.leucaspis.

13 March 2017 19:09:58

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Evening all, it was a pleasant day today and I got the grass cut so the place is looking very well with Camellias and Magnolias and some Rhodos, as well has the many Hellebores in full bloom.

The first photo is todays R bureavii bud watch photo.

Species Rhododendrons are usually slow to bloom, some painfully so and this year R. barbatum has only a few trusses after a good year last year, which is also a common feature. Having said that the truss is delightful.

Another species Rhodo is R. leucaspis. This sets buds at a young age but they and the trusses are very prone to frost damage. This year it has got its timing perfect and is looking beautiful. This Rhodo isn't that difficult to obtain and a favoured spot in the garden will benefit it greatly. It also has very attractive foliage.

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 13 March 2017 20:12:32

Stunning blooms.

accsean accsean 13 March 2017 22:20:01

Thanks Jacinta, the nice day helps them look well.

JoanG JoanG 13 March 2017 22:51:09

Nice photos, Sean.  You'll have a good succession of rhodos in flower from now on and we look forward to seeing them. 

accsean accsean 13 March 2017 23:06:40

Thanks Joan, things are looking very promising for the next few months.

Fleurette Fleurette 13 March 2017 23:33:57

It IS getting fatter!  Love the two in bloom.  R. Leucaspis has a perfect shape.

Do I remember you saying that R. barbatum is one of your favourites? -for foliage as well?   You've shown it's foliage now and again, haven't you?  I'm relying on what I see in your journals to make a choice for when I visit Glendoick with Maghera Garden Club early July. There afen't many fragrant ones, are there?  My Lady Alice F. has plenty of buds coming along nicely and she is such a sweet lady!  

Jackie Jackie 14 March 2017 08:02:07

Amazing how many you have and one is as beautiful as the next. 

accsean accsean 14 March 2017 09:45:23

Thanks Fleurette. I have so many favourites, if that makes sense.

R. fortunei has good scent, it being one of the parents of 'king george'. R.polar bear also has good scent.

You will have such a fantastic choice when you are at Glendoick. If I had to recommend one, it would be my bud watch Rhodo, R.bureavii as it is easier than the equally fantastic R. mallotum or R. niveum. Also the narrow leaved R. roxieanum var oreonastes is a stunning shrub. I could go on.

accsean accsean 14 March 2017 09:48:46

Thanks Jackie, it is a nice collection at this stage.


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