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accsean's Journal

accsean's Journal

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Thanks to Scrubber, waiting and hope.

28 July 2017 15:34:41

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I have to admit that I am very much my own man when it comes to what I like, whether it is music, gardening etc, and like St Brendan when he was ploughing his lonely furrow through North, South, East and West, I go my own way most of the time. But it is always good to know when someone is giving good advice and a few weeks ago Scrubber remarked that a few Marigolds would be nice around the base of the fantastic R.bureavii, as he said the flower colour would go well with the underleaf indumentum. I am glad to say I followed his advice, and even though the photo doesn't capture it properly, the combination works great, so thank you Scrubber and thanks to my Mam for getting them for me.

I planted my Lirodendron tulipflora a good few years ago as I have loved the tree since I saw it in a garden in France, and as it takes years to flower, I wanted it to flower in my lifetime. I bought the variegated form as the normal forms were all too large to fit in my car and I am so pleased with it as the foliage is a joy.

I am lucky that I am very successful with growing my Rhododendrons, as some of them can be fussy and tricky to grow, but one that has never taken off properly is R. fulgens. Hope springs eternal.


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Moya Moya 29 July 2017 23:09:56

Sean, I see what you mean about the marigolds setting off the under leaf colour - that is a lovely combination.

I love that Lirodendron. I'm not particularly a fan of variegated plants but that tree is lovely.

Thanks for posting the one rhododendron that hasn't taken off for you. It is good to know you are not perfect and have your challenges like the rest of us.


accsean accsean 29 July 2017 23:57:11

Thanks so much, Moya. I am not a big variegated fan either, but I do think the Lirodendron is exceptionally nice. 

I have had plenty failures in the garden, but prefer to dwell on the positive. Life is easier that way.


Mary B Mary B 30 July 2017 19:53:15

Yes the marigolds are perfect there!


accsean accsean 30 July 2017 20:26:54

Thanks Mary. 


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