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  1. I love your Rodgersia. I planted one in the more shaded moist area and it loves it…it does make quite a statement…I love your philosophy of getting a fix and buying something you like…I do it often and find a spot to tuck it in…wow can you grow azaleas…my soil is so alkaline it really is a stretch to get a few to grow…

    • Hi Donna, I had this post set to automatically publish today, a check by Myra has confirmed that the Rodgersia is Pinnata and not Podophylla as I had suggested. Azaleas flourish here Donna, our soil is on the acidic side.

  2. You really have a nice selection of azalea. They do not do very well in our climate. People buy quite a few of them, but they generally last only a few years at most.

    • I would have thought Azaleas would have done well in your part of the world Donna. Swings and roundabouts, I bet Magnolias do well in your garden whereas they stand no chance with us.

  3. Hi Alistair – I’m still fanatical about growing plants from seed, unless someone gives me a plant, as in your case. I used to think plants in garden centres £10 or more were over-priced, but now I realise the hard work that goes into growing plants from scratch, I am now beginning to think £10 is value for money…. I love the idea of a marginal plant, half on the land and half in water & needless to say your azaleas are beautiful.

    • Hi b-a-g, I can well understand how you would be fanatical about seed growing. Just got back from Knutsford and had a lovely visit to Tatton park gardens.

  4. Beautiful azaleas. The world of Azaleas is so interesting to consider. We have native azaleas here that are similar to Asiatic natives.
    Spring would not be the same without them. Butterflies appear to agree.

  5. Wow, that Glowing Embers azalea is amazing! I have never grown Rodgersia, but may have a spot in which I can try it. Like you, I usually go for the quick fix, and learn by trial and error!

  6. Hello Alistair… I really am impressed with your beautiful azaleas and the Rodgersia.

    I have one very old Rodgersia which has grown to about 6 feet across… it should be in bloom very soon. Our Northern Lights series azaleas were beautiful this season but went past in a flash with the excessive heat we’ve been getting… same scenario for the tree peonies I’m afraid. Only one excessively hot day forecast this next week so I’m hoping for more staying power as the herbaceous and intersectional peonies come into bloom. We have most of the annuals planted now… just a few hundred left to get in the ground. Not much luck with other forms of azaleas I’m afraid… in fact, I was offered an evergreen azalea just the other day and thought it not likely to survive, so I turned down the gift.

    This afternoon we are visiting a wonderful garden of a great many mature tree peonies… I am really looking forward to the experience… the owner is pretty much a legend among peony folks. Take care, Larry

    • Hi Larry, I guess our cooler Spring and Summers can be a bonus in some respects. We actually had a couple of days of 25c last week. Down to 11c today. Enjoy your garden visit.

  7. Fabulous Azaleas Alistair! I do love the vivid blooms of these plants. Your Rodgersia is doing very well, I too am a fan of them. Someone mentioned to me a few days ago that their clump has been ripped out by the gales last week, thankfully it looks like you weren’t affected 🙂

  8. Wow that Rodgersia is very beautiful. I dont know it, nor have seen it but it really is elegant looking. Your other flowers are so generous with their blooms.

      • Hi Alistair, thanks for commenting on my post too. In Blotanical, I look for the names of bloggers at the Quick Links @ bottom left side bar immediately after logging in, while you are in your home page. If you are on some people’s blogpage you can click the ‘return to my page’ before seeing the Quick Links. Be sure to click both the windows there. Happy picking and blogging.

  9. Hi Alistair,
    I am not familiar with Rodgersia Pinnata at all and so was happy to read about it. The azalea’s are beautiful. I especially like the yellow one.
    I also looked at the post on trilliums. (A white trillium is our provincial flower.) I admired some wild ones at the side of the road a few weeks back. After reading your post I am thinking of adding them to my garden. I especially like the pink ones. Just beautiful!!

  10. Hi Alastair, I had never heard of the rodgersia – it looks like a great sculptural plant. I can relate to your approach – trial and error is my fave way of learning too. The only seeds I can be bothered with are wildflower seeds that you just chuck onto the soil and they surprise you later (or they don’t). Wonderful collection of azaleas – glowing embers possibly my favourite.

  11. What gorgeous azaleas! You have so many and they all look wonderful. I love the picture of the ducks nibbling on the blooms :). It was interesting to read about rodgersia – another plant I have not heard about and you introduced me to.

  12. Your garden looks amazing as always.
    I also have to cut down on my gardening purchases, the balcony is all full again and I still have a lot of things growing on.

  13. Alistair – I hope you don’t mind – but I’ve just written a post about thoughts which came to mind when I read your remarks about buying larger plants – ones which look good straight away. The beginning may suggest I disagree with you but, by the end, you will see I don’t – so I hope that is ok.

    This is the link

    http://esthersboringgardenblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/guilty-gardening.html

    If you aren’t happy with it, I can change it. Do let me know.

    Esther

    • Hi again Esther, just read your post and see what you mean, its ok, clever people may realise that you are not having a go at me. I can honestly see where you are coming from, I have always done a bit of both, grown from seed and purchased mature plants. I think someone would be very misinformed if they were of the opinion that I am not a true gardener.

  14. Indeed. That’s what sparked my thoughts. They wouldn’t have taken off unless you were the gardener that you are, with a garden as well thought out and as well tended a garden yours is!

    I’m still trying to work out what I am. I think I am ‘someone who grows some things’ – it’s as vague as that!

    Esther

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