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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.

St Patricks day greetings etc.

16 March 2017 12:29:02

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As it is nearing St Patricks day, I would like to wish you all a most enjoyable day tomorrow. R. shamrock has been very punctual this year and has flowered on time, I find this an attractive hybrid as it flowers well.

A few days ago I promised to show the Daphne like flowers of the dwarf species, R. cephalanthum crebreflorum and being a man of my word they are featured in photo no 2. Aren't they splendid.

Those of us who are lucky enough to grow Camellias have been featuring them over the last month or so. I have 23 in the garden, mostly Japonicas and Williamsiis and one Sasanqua. My Sasanqua was in full bloom late last year and of the remaining 22 Camellias, 18 have flowered and the other four should be of flowering age in the next couple of years. Most of them flowered really well and photo no 3 shows some of them in the northwest garden. C. rubescens major is on the left and C.debbie is on the right and I have no name for the larger flowered centre one. They are a good example of what is to be seen in the garden at the minute.

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.

Magnolias and a dwarf gem.

09 March 2017 19:02:04

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The last couple of days have been lovely and a welcome improvement on the past month and it has encouraged two of the Magnolias to start flowering.

The first photo is of one of the flowers on one of my M.soulangeanas and the second is of one of the flowers of M.stellata. They will both be at their best in a few weeks. Magnolias are another genus that I have a love affair with.

The third shot is of an opening flower bud on the dwarf, spreading species Rhododendron, R.cephalanthum crebreflorum. This has Daphne like flowers and is a little gem. I will post about it again when the flowers are open.

Bud watch, Camellia debbie and C. Bobs Tinsie.

06 March 2017 14:27:15

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Afternoon all. The first photo is todays entry in my bud watch series.

On St Valentines day I showed a flower on Camellia debbie and now twenty days later I am showing it in its full glory with plenty more buds still to open as other flowers fade.

The latest of the Camellias to flower is C. bobs tinsie which has the most fantastic anemone form flowers.

I love ...

03 March 2017 14:24:37

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Some of you may recognise the journal title as being the title of a song written by the wonderful Tom T Hall. There is a lot to be loved about gardening even on a day like today when the Noahs among us are most likely to be out putting the finishing touches to their arks. As carpentry isn't my forte I took a few photos instead.

I love Camellias which is no surprise to you as I am always raving about them and the first photo is of the latest one to flower.

I love Rhododendrons and particularly species Rhodos and the second photo is of a bud on the magnificent species Rhodo, R. barbatum which is in the process of opening. This is a wonderful species.

I love Pieris and when you have acidic soil like I have it is fantastic to be able to grow them in the open ground to show them at their best.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

A Camellia, a swahost and R.proteoides

28 February 2017 18:58:41

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Evening all, still no sign of an improvement in the weather to get some heat into our bones, not to mind the plants. Having said that, there is always somthing in our gardens to warm the cockles of our hearts.

Camellias are a constant source of pleasure to me and I grow a lot of them, the latest to flower is shown in photo no 1.

You often hear words like swathes and hosts to describe groups of snowdrops and daffodils etc, I'm afraid that my collections of the aforementioned couldn't be classified as either, but these Hellebores at the base of R.loderi 'King George' are the nearest thing I have in the garden and they have spread well this year. Maybe I have a swahost.

One of the Rhodos I added to the garden in the Autumn is the very dwarf and rare, R.proteoides and it is settling in nicely. It may never flower but with foliage like that who would mind.

Bud watch, a camellia and a Hellebore.

27 February 2017 19:21:39

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Evening all. The first shot is of the latest instalment in my bud watch series featuring R.bureavii.

The second shot is of the latest Camellia to flower, no name I'm afraid.

No name either for the Hellebore in the third photo. It is at the base of one of my Magnolia soulangeanas which is very close to opening its first flowers of the year.

Three Camellias.

24 February 2017 16:08:52

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Afternoon everyone. I have a few more Camellias for you today.

I have Camellias all around the garden so there is colour all around the place which is nice. The first flower shown is a bit weather beaten but I love it anyway, it will be in full flower over the next few weeks. I don't have a name for it. 

I also don't have a name for the Camellia in the second photo, this will also be in full flower over the coming weeks.

I do have a name for the third Camellia, it is C. Pope John XX111. I had to move this a few years ago as it was slowly fading away. Thankfully, the move worked wonders as it is a beautiful Camellia. 

C. rubescens major and a Hellebore.

21 February 2017 18:34:37

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Today was just as miserable as yesterday weatherwise but there are always things to enjoy around the garden.

Camellia 'rubescens major' is now in flower and is yet another beautiful Camellia in the garden.

I have a couple of Hellebores planted around R.loderi 'king george' and a while ago I showed a self seeded cross that has flowered. More of these have now flowered and while they are similar to the two originals, they are not the same as either. What is interesting is that one is very different and has flowered all mauve and it is very attractive indeed. 

Bud watch and Camellias

20 February 2017 18:37:05

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T'was a day for ducks (and the odd drake, by all accounts), but as it is monday and bud watch day I had to venture out and take my photos. I'd give Teresa Mannion a run for her money. As R.bureavii won't flower until May or so, you have weeks of this series to go, happy days I hear you shout.

The Camellias continue to flower and I have two for you this evening, the first is C. anticipation and the second is C. duchesse de caze. They are both beautiful Camellias but then again aren't they all.

C. anticipation was the first Camellia I planted in the garden as in my early days of gardening I was wary of trying them for fear of failure, foolish me.  As the snail said at the end of the marathon, 'I've come a long way'.

Timing and comparisons.

17 February 2017 19:32:42

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Evening all. Hope all is well with you.

The latest Rhododendron to flower is the hybrid, R.cilpinense and it has got its timing right as the buds and flowers are very prone to frost damage, but with no frost at the minute it should look very well this year. The flowers are very attractive with two or three flowers to a truss.

The latest Hellebore to flower is featured in photo no 2.

I am often on about how difficult it can be to tell whether some Rhododendron buds are flower or foliage buds but it is easy to tell which is which on the species, R.niveum. This will be a first flowering of what is one of my very favourite Rhododendrons. It is a stunning foliage plant.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

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