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WINTER FLOWERS IN THE COUNTRY GARDEN
 
 

Photgraphs taken in the country garden "Kibbenjelok" by shivering Gay Klok in late Winter, 2000
 


 
 
 


 
 

Camellia "Waterlily" is full of flowers and buds.   I do not know an easier Camellia than this and it will delight you for many weeks with the vivid pink blooms
 
 


 
 

A typical border in Winter time showing a fern, Helleborus, an Acer still clinging to its dead leaves on the left and at the back is a Rhododendron, waiting quietly to burst into bloom in a few weeks
 
 


 
 

Closeup of the Christmas Roses
 
 


 
 

This year the witch hazel, Hamamelis x intermedia "Jelena"  came out in bloom earlier than in the warmer but more shaded Town garden.   "Jelena" has a strong orange-red-brown spider flower.   This form covers a group of cultivars derived from Hamamelis japonica and hamamelis mollis.   The hamamelis is prized for its delicious scent and strange flowers that bloom in the middle of Winter on bare stems
 
 


 
 

This is an Australian native and I can never understand why it comes into bloom at winter time but the lovely, large, white peaflowers give pleasure for a long time.  The white form is rarer than the scarlet flowered small tree.  For the moment, I have forgotten the name
 
 


 
 

Another Southern hemisphere native is the Tea Tree, Leptospermum scoparium.   In the photo you can see part of the old barn and the early flowering Rhododendron "Marion" in front
 
 


 
 

Close up of the small but plentiful flowers of the Tea Tree small tree with the dark blotch in the middle of the flower.   Tea Trees are widely grown and appreciated for their ease of growth, their graceful habit and their pretty flowers
 
 


 
 

For perfume in the dead of Winter you can't go pass the Viburnum without a smile.   This is Viburnum x judii, a medium sized shrub and is a cross of the two scented species Viburnum bitchiuense and Viburnum carlesii
 


 
 

The trees near the "Big Pond Cinderella" keep their winter's look   The bare hills in the background [not ours!] were cleared of all growth many years ago.   The result is the dreadful degregatation that has taken place and is lasting for all this time.   All the top soil has gone and no reproduction of growth can take place
 
 


 
 

The Rhododendrons are rushing into flower this new century.   I enjoy the cheerful buds as much as the trusses of flowers - a tree Rhododendron,  Rhododendron aboreum
 
 


 
 

One of the Rhododendron gardens with  the large leaves of the Rhododendron sinogrande and Helleborus, christmas rose,  used as undergrowth.   The leaves, when grown in perfect conditions, may reach 3 ft in length.   Heavily veined with a buff or fawn indenentum, the leaves are very attractive.   The plant can reach a height of 30ft over many years and come from the Himalayan region
 
 


 
 

Bud of the above large leaf Rhododendron.  These large Rhododendrons may take quite a few years before they start to bloom
 
 


 
 

Promise of all the great beauties to come, this Rhododendron looks very beautiful holding her head to the steely coloured Winter sky
 

I hope you enjoyed looking at the flowers.   If you want to know anything about these wonderful plants that may give you so much pleasure in late Wnter, please leave a message in the discussion area on my Welcome Page, click up the top and on the right hand side.   I love to hear from you