26 August 2011 19:51:24
These are new buds on R.Barbatum with the 'barbs' clearly visible, hence the name. Apologies to the unfortunate fly, who fell foul of the sticky buds
25 August 2011 23:14:33
Took a stroll late this evening around the garden and it's
so noticeable how much the evenings are closing in, but there was much to
delight. My Crinodendron, which was so badly hit with the weather has recovered
brilliantly and is opening some of its divine lantern flowers. It's a bit misshapen, but that's easily
sorted. The Heptacodium is almost flowered, while Skimmia ‘Winifred Crook' is
covered with red berries. On the subject of berries, the Pernettyas have
started berrying and will just get better and better as the autumn comes in.
One of my four Hibiscus has started to flower as well. I gave all of the
Camellias a tomato feed this evening along with the Paeonias, Edgeworthia and
Chimonanthus. It will do no harm. The Edgeworthia is a very appealing shrub
with lovely lanceolate leaves and is now about 5 feet tall. The hydrangeas are
as good as ever, what a wonderful shrub they are. The Roses are really good as
well, in spite of my lack of enthusiasm where they are concerned. I know some
people would consider that heresy, but that what makes the world go round.
20 August 2011 00:14:18
Pieris Japonica 'Purity'
The photo says it all really. An all year round beautiful plant as are all Pieris.
20 August 2011 00:07:10
M.Soulangeana 'rustica rubra'.
Over the last few weeks four of the rhodos have opened some flowers for the second time this year and now my oldest Magnolia has four flower buds ready to open for the 2nd time as well. A lovely boon at this time of the year.
14 August 2011 22:02:19
I was lamenting lately the lack of colour in my garden at this time of the year, but any time of year is a good time of the year where Rhodos are concerned. Walking around the garden at the w/e, its wonderful to see the great growth that's in progress at the minute whether its new leaves or flower buds for next years flowering. Some of the species take a good few years to flower, while some like R.Pronum (shown) hardly ever flower at all but the beauty of the species is as much in the foliage as the flowers. R.Horizon Monarch which is a fabulous hybrid has set a brilliant amount of flower buds which all going well, will be spectacular next year. All of the rhodos are doing well and some like R.Sneezy which up to now hasn't impressed me too much, is now looking very well as its filling out. Its also nearing the time when I will be finalising my Autumn order, and there's a few gaps that need filling in after last winters losses so there's a lot to ponder.
01 August 2011 22:59:51
It was a pleasant surprise to notice that R.Curlew has flowered for the 2nd time this year which was unexpected. The purple R.Hippophaeoides also put out out a few flowers for a 2nd flowering. Natures bonus.