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Wednesday, 2 June 2010
Rhododendron 'Fastuosum Flore Plenum' and Embothrium coccineum. The presence of calcifuge plants in the Cotswolds is always a surprise, but there are areas of clay on the highest ground above the limestone where such plants can thrive, and the thriftiness of the Embothrium here demonstrates that it does not necessarily need the mild dampness of the west to prosper. The combination of these two shrubs is bold, but seems to work!
Male Trachycarpus fortunei - as handsome a flowering specimen as I have seen. The yellow infloresecnces of tiny flowers were truly striking.
A personal view of the world of horticulture and plants by a gardening botanist and author, living in Settrington, North Yorkshire, and working as Director of the Yorkshire Arboretum, a partnership between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Castle Howard.
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