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Bud watch special with supporting cast.

17 April 2017 12:10:09

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Welcome to your Easter monday bud watch special. Actually I only said that to try and liven up the series as I am sure some of you are equating it to watching paint dry. One thing I can say with some degree of certainty is that the series finale will be a humdinger.

To keep things interesting, here a couple of other classy Rhodo flowers for you.

The first is R. aberconwayi 'his lordship', a species whose saucer shaped flowers I am very fond of and they are one of my favourites. This is a lovely species with relatively small foliage.

The second flower shown is that of the species, R. williamsianum which is another very attractive species for both foliage and flowers. There are usually only a couple of flowers per truss.

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 April 2017 14:05:18

I love reading about your 'bud watch', Sean.

And I think that second photo is a gorgeous Rhodo.

Jacky Quirke Jacky Quirke 17 April 2017 16:12:55

Im waiting on my deep pink one to open out, and it will be another while yet i think

accsean accsean 17 April 2017 19:38:02

Thanks, Jacinta. One of the other buds on R.bureavii is showing colour so the bud watch bud should do the same in a day or two.

Thanks Jacky, do you have the name of the Rhodo you are waiting on?

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 17 April 2017 19:50:58

Sean, you have ignited my interest in Rhododendrons. I am watching a bud on a Rhodo I got from a friend which is a cross between Rhod. 'Lady Allice Fitzwilliam' and I think he said Rhodo ' Actress' Both of the photos are gorgeous, but I do prefer Rhodo. aberconway.

accsean accsean 17 April 2017 20:51:58

Thanks Mary. That Rhodo sounds very interesting, I checked out R. actress and its parents are R. lady alice fitzwilliam and R. edgeworthii, so the one you have should have a great scent. Please keep me posted.

Scrubber Scrubber 17 April 2017 23:48:49

Sean its very far from watching paint dry. Not alone do we enjoy and learn from your comments it sends us back to ourr own rhodos with renewed interest. The flowers on my wine and roses while lovely did not seem to last as long as other rhodos in the garden. I thought they would all have a similar flowering period even if different starting times. Ie blue peter has only just come out and theres another still only in bud whereas goldflimmer has gone over. (I think you told me it wasnt goldflimmer! just remembered)

accsean accsean 18 April 2017 00:27:41

Thanks and a good recovery at the end, Scrubber. I don't have an answer as to why some Rhodos keep their flowers longer than others, I find the same. The vagaries of the Irish weather plays a big part, I'd say.

Jackie Jackie 18 April 2017 07:31:30

Monday's just wouldn't be the same..........but I have to say I can't wait to see the end result!!  I love that pink in the third photo. Goegeous photos. 

accsean accsean 18 April 2017 10:00:29

Thanks Jackie, be careful or I'll introduce a new series when this one is over.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 April 2017 10:19:56


Please do, Sean. :)


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