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CAMELLIAS and early RHODODENDRONS and other WINTER SHRUBS
 

Photos taken in the Winter of the year 2000 in June and July by Gay Klok, "Kibbenjelok"  Tasmania
 
 


 
 


 
 

The creeping Rosemary has hardly been out of flower during the past year.   It must have liked the dry seasons
 
 


 

Iris ungluicularis, I do do prefer Iris stylosa, is a most charming Iris that flowers in the dead of Winter.  It really likes to be baked in the sun, so a good idea is to cut the leaves down in Summer time
 
 
 


 


 

Two photos of the ornamental cherry, Prunus autumnalis.   This charming blossom tree flowers in the Winter and, quite often, in Spring time again
 
 
 


 

Camellia "Waterlily", always one of the first to come into flower.   It keeps on blooming for many weeks, there are so many buds.   I cannot think of a more accommodating, easy camellia than this hybrid
 
 
 


 
 

How cheerful these little flowers make the Winter garden.   This is a hybrid "Bob's Tinsie", a miniature Camellia introduced in 1962.   It always blooms very early in the country garden.  I love the long stamens.   The flowers would only be 2 inches but the bush covers itself in the little delightful flowers which come out for several weeks
 
 
 
 


 

The species Rhododendron neriifloeum is an early flowering Rhododendron and has a good clear red with no blue.   It is a parent for many hybrids.   It varies a lot from a spreading bush with small prolific flowers to a taller bush, maybe to aft, with larger but fewer flowers.   It is a good garden plant with the brilliance of the red and the ease of growing.    In its natural state it grows on exposed slopes, Pine forests and shaded ravines.   It was introduced to Britain in 1906 by the famous plant collector, Forrest.   American hardiness rating xxxx
 
 
 


 


 

Rhododendron "Cornubia" is the first hybrid to come into flower in my garden.   The flower is a clear light red.   A very sturdy Rhododendron that may grow to quite a large small tree.   The cluster is large with big flowers.
 
 
 


 

The beads of a rare Chinese Hydrangea.   The flowers are nothing to write home about but the deep purple beads are most attractive.   The name is Hydrangea heteromalla "Bretschneideri".    The birds seem to leave the berries alone so maybe they are poisonous!
 
 
 


 

This near-hardy, vigorous climber comes into flower in Summer time and is still with blooms.   It is called Bomarea and I am not sure if it is Bomarea multiflora, a Venuzalean species or Bomarea werlei, a species that is native to Costa Rica.  Which ever, I have found that it is surprisingly hardy in a sheltered position
 
 


 
 

 I do hope you have enjoyed the walks through the Winter gardens in Tasmania.   Call in and have a chat through using the discussion area on the right of my Welcome page.   Here is the link back to the Tasmanian Garden Journal Welcome Page