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Colour combinations etc.

21 April 2017 19:10:38

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I like to plant dwarf Rhodos at the base of some larger growing species but as the colour of the flowers on R.niveum aren't easy to complement, I was undecided as to what to plant. I ended up choosing R.wren and I am curious as to what you good folk think of the combination. 

R. winsome is a trooper of a hybrid when it comes to flowering time, as it covers itself with these lovely flowers and makes a brilliant display year after year.

Jacinta really liked the truss of R. horizon monarch, which I showed the other day so today I am showing it in all its magnificence. R.scarlet wonder is in the background.

Embothrium coccineum.

21 April 2017 18:49:45
Embothrium coccineum.

Embothrium coccineum.

Nothing further to add, the photo says it all. 

Scented Rhododendrons and Enkianthus campanulatus.

20 April 2017 20:22:26

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A couple of us were talking about our favourite scented Rhododendrons the other day and I said that mine is R.loderi 'king george' and here is a photo of its awesome flowers. The scent is divine and everything about this hybrid is top class.

One of the parents of R. loderi 'king george' is the species R. fortunei and this is also scented, although to my mind the scent isn't as good as 'king george'. The other parent is R. griffithianum, but I have never seen this in reality. The second photo shows my R. fortunei and it is a lovely species.

Enkianthus is a marvellous shrub and it associates extremely well with Rhododendrons and the bell shaped flowers are beautiful. My one is about seven feet tall at this stage and I adore it, I hope to add another variety to the garden over the next year or so.

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.

Three Rhododendron trusses.

13 April 2017 15:58:53

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Everywhere in the garden there seems to be Rhodos flowering and here are three I hope you will enjoy.

The other day I showed the truss of R. roxieanum var oreonastes on the verge of opening and here it is now in all its glory and it is all I hoped it would be. This is a ten out of ten species.

R. wee bee is a dwarf hybrid which has these attractive pale pink flowers.

One of the finest Rhodo hybrids for flowers is R.horizon monarch and it makes a magnificent specimen. When all its trusses are open I will feature it again but you can feast your eyes on its flowers for the time being.

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.

 

Bud watch, an Azalea and an opening flower truss.

10 April 2017 18:53:58

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Evening all, where to start with but my bud watch photo.

The second photo is of the latest evergreen Azalea I added to the garden towards the end of last year, it is A.koromo shikubu which has these unusual strap like petals, and by all accounts is mightily impressive when it gets to a decent size.

The third photo is of the one bud on R.roxieanun var oreonastes just on the verge of opening and to my mind it is stunningly beautiful.

A skirmish, Tulips and a touch of Chile

04 April 2017 19:31:04

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I don't know what you would call a group of Skimmias, I thought a skirmish sounded good even if it makes no sense. Maybe if I say there are four there fighting for your attention, it would make more sense. What marvellous shrubs they are.

Plenty Tulips on display on the site in the recent past so the second photo shows some of ours among Roses, Muscari and Wallflowers.

My Embothrium coccineum has opened its first flowers of the year and in a week or so will be quite awesome. What a fantastic tree this is and one of my favourites.

Bud watch and some Rhododendron flowers.

03 April 2017 14:46:08

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Another monday rolls around and that means another bud watch photo. Some of the other buds on R. bureavii are a little more advanced, but for the sake of authenticity I am sticking to the original bud. It's not too far off now.

I showed the opening truss of R. oreodaxa var fargesii the other day and now I am showing it with some of the flowers open and I am dead pleased with it as the flowers are extremely attractive.

The third photo is of some flowers of the species, R. fimbriatum. I have had to move this a couple of times to find a spot it is happy in and all is well now.

Forewarned is forearmed.

31 March 2017 13:36:41

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Species Rhododendrons can be slow to flower, so when flower buds appear for the first time there is a great sense of anticipation and excitement.

R. oreodaxa var fargesii is in the garden since late 2012 and has quite a few flower buds, the one shown is the most advanced.

I have R. roxieanum var oreonastes since late 2010 and I adore the foliage of this species so much that I have three others of its close relatives in the garden as well. No buds on those as yet, but there is one bud on R. roxieanum var oreonastes.

Another species I adore is R. niveum which is in the garden since late 2011. From my research into this species I have found that the flower colour divides opinion down the middle, some people love it and others hate it. I will be able to decide for myself this year as it has a few flower buds and I will be most interested in the opinions of my garden.ie friends.

So there you have it, there will be shouts of joy over the next couple of weeks emanating from this area of East Limerick and they may be loud. Earmuffs optional.

I wish you all a lovely weekend.

Dora agus an Tarbh etc.

30 March 2017 14:51:22

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I promised to show a photo of R.taurus when it was in full flower so here it is. It is a very impressive hybrid and gets nicer by the year.

R. dora amateis is another very reliable hybrid which flowers excellently year after year.

The third photo is of Prunus kiku shidare sakura (Cheals weeping cherry), which is also in full bloom.

Bud watch, M. susan and R. taurus.

27 March 2017 19:34:08

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Hasn't this recent spell of weather been wonderful, a sign of things to come hopefully.

The first photo is todays bud watch entry, it is starting to swell a bit.

The second photo is of the latest Magnolia to flower, M. susan. There is a lovely sweet scent to these flowers and it is yet another wonderful Magnolia.

The last of the photos is of the first of this years trusses of the highly desirable Rhodo hybrid, R.taurus. This is a fantastic Rhodo and one I would recommend. I will show it again when it is in full flower.

Full glory.

23 March 2017 19:13:07

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It was a grand day here today and there is plenty to be admired in the garden.

The first photo is of one of my Camellias in its pomp, it is magnificent.

The second photo is a full shot of one of my Magnolia soulangeanas, again in full flower.

Also in full flower is my forsythia, talk of bringing warmth to the garden on a cold day.

Drimys aromatica and Viburnum carlesii 'aurora'.

21 March 2017 14:08:12

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Drimys aromatica is a stunning shrub which is in bloom at the minute. I love everything about Drimys, it has lovely, narrow, dark green foliage with red stems and these lovely flowers. It isn't fully hardy but recovered well for me after the bad winters of a few years ago. It associates very well with Rhodos and Camellias etc and suits my garden all ends up.

I wouldn't be without scented Viburnums and one of the finest is V. carlesii 'aurora'. The scent is divine and one of my favourite scents in the garden.

Bud watch, M.merrill and R.pachysanthum.

20 March 2017 18:42:34

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Evening all and the weather has taken a turn for the worse, more's the pity. As a result my bud watch photo isn't as clear as I'd like.

The second photo shows the latest Magnolia to flower in my garden, it is the lovely M. merrill.

I have only one truss on the fantastic species R. pachysanthum this year, but the flowers are a bonus on this species as it is all about the foliage.

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