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Opinions sought, scent and a valued Trillium.

12 April 2017 14:10:06

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Good day, folks. I promised to show the flowers of the wonderful species, R.niveum, as soon as they opened. From my research the colour seems to divide peoples opinion, so what do you think. I really love it. When the trusses are fully opened, I will show it again.

On the subject of opinions a lot of Rhodo lovers rate the scent of R. lady alice fitzwilliam as the nicest of all scented Rhodos. Personally I prefer the scent of R.loderi king george, but having said that the scent from R. lady alice fitzwilliam is beautiful. I have mine in a pot as it isn't the hardiest here.

I have tried a few Trilliums over the years but the only one that has thrived is T. albidum. It is really lovely and I am grateful for that. I still can't work out why the others haven't worked as my garden should suit them. Maybe they will reappear one of these years.


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Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 12 April 2017 15:11:01

They all look beautiful to me, im waiting for my one to come out, should be a lot of blooms this year

accsean accsean 12 April 2017 15:46:11

Thanks Jacky, glad you like them. It is a very good year for Rhodos.

LindaB LindaB 12 April 2017 15:50:46

I have Lady Alice and it is amazing but can't compare it as I am not sure of Loderi King - will have to sniff one out!

accsean accsean 12 April 2017 15:59:40

Thanks Linda, 'king george' isn't as easily available which makes so sense to me as it an awesome Rhododendron. The flowers are much larger,  I will be featuring it in a few weeks as the trusses are close to opening.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 April 2017 16:13:38

I love the colour of R. niveum. As for the scent of rhodos, I don't have enough to compare. But I trust your judgment entirely.

accsean accsean 12 April 2017 16:44:02

Thanks Jacinta and thanks for your faith in me. That could be a slippery slope.

Scrubber Scrubber 12 April 2017 19:08:09

Sean I very much like it. Even if there.s a slight resemblance to Ponticum. But apart from its spreading habit I love ponticum. My Lady Fitzwilliam is very tender. The last of three and it seldom flowers but next time it does Ill be down on my hands and knees sniffing! I havent had success with Trilliums either!

accsean accsean 12 April 2017 20:34:57

Evening Scrubber and thanks. In reality it isn't really like R.ponticum but the colour in the photo gives a different impression. I like R. ponticum as well but black sheep never get a good press and in fairness I understand why people are so against it.

I nearly lost my R. lady alice to the two bad winters and only for the luck of God a cutting took hold and that is what you see in the pot today and that is why I have left it in the pot.

If you have had no luck with Trilliums, it gives us all hope.

Dick Dick 12 April 2017 20:41:08

R. Niveum looks really good. Sorry Sean but I don't grow rthe rhodos as my soil is too limey

accsean accsean 12 April 2017 20:45:48

Thanks Dick, it's a shame the soil isn't suitable for you to grow them. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 April 2017 21:43:21

Dick, don't let your limey soil stop you growing one or two.  A lot of them do really well in a planter with ericaceous compost.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 12 April 2017 23:06:04

Sean, I am a fan of Rhododendron 'Lady Alice Fitzwilliam', love the scent. I love Rhododendron loderi too, have a fantastic scent, big flower and love the way the bud changes from pink to the flower a lighter pink and fading to almost white. Some gorgeous varieties Rhodo. loderi 'Venus' is very nice, but I do agree Rhodo. loderi 'King George' is the best.



accsean accsean 13 April 2017 09:05:03

Good advice there, Jacinta.

Thanks Mary, the loderi varieties sure are fantastic. On the subject of scented Rhodos, I should have mentioned R.fortunei and R.polar bear, both of which are excellent for scent as well.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 April 2017 10:51:53

Never realised that  Rhododendron 'Polar Bear' had a scent, always feel that Rhodo time is over by the time it flowers.

accsean accsean 13 April 2017 11:38:16

Yeah Mary, its parents are R. auriculatum and R. decorum ssp diaprepes, which are both scented. I have a few flower buds on my R. polar bear this year and I like the fact it is so late as there are no worries of frost damage etc. It is like having Tiramisu after a fillet steak main course.


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