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JRob

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Whole lot-a-blooming goin' on
« on: May 21, 2013, 09:00 PM »
Good Evening All,

Its been a cool, wet spring this year in STL. Great for the blooming species. Prolonged display. Thought I'd share some pics of what is currently in flower on the benches.

JRob
 

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Re: Whole lot-a-blooming goin' on
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2013, 09:09 AM »
Jrob,

Your bonsai are beautiful, what is the 2nd plant from the top?

Your pyracantha is ahead of mine (here in 7a), which I find interesting. The buds are fat and ready to open. Cotoneaster has peaked and flowers are declining.

I had a nice display this year from my 5 leaf akebia. I bring this up because there doesn't seem to be alot of folks using the "chocolate vine" for bonsai.

I appreciate all of your pictures and contributions to the forum.

Best,

Augustine
central MD 7a
 

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Re: Whole lot-a-blooming goin' on
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2013, 01:07 PM »
do you have the cultivar names for the azaleas. I love the vivid purple. The fullness of the multicolor is special too.
 

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Re: Whole lot-a-blooming goin' on
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2013, 10:14 PM »
Augustine,

The second plant from the top is commonly referred to as a scented maple or japanese musk maple. I find it strange because it is not a acer at all. It is Premna microphylla japonica (hope I got the spelling correct I am going from memory.) It will develop small dark purple fruit and has a very strong fragrance when the foliage is brushed or disturbed. You either like it or hate it. I actually enjoy it and when I water it scents the whole bench. This is a spectacular specimen and has taken several awards in judged shows.

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Re: Whole lot-a-blooming goin' on
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2013, 10:20 PM »
Leo,

It is my son (on this forum as Shimsuki) who is actually very fond and knowledgeable on the growing and care of satsuma. He has a very nice collection. The vibrant purple, and I mean vibrant (Much more then the pic) is his. I believe the variety is Murasakihime but will confirm with him. The other is Karen of which over the years I've posted many times. Check the topic satsuki and you can see more of her. I believe there is a thread that has individual pic of her flower types a few years back. I chose this particular variety because my wife's name is Karen. She was touched.

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Re: Whole lot-a-blooming goin' on
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2013, 09:10 AM »
JRob,

I like the premna...what's not to like. My pyrancantha buds are opening as we speak. So far I've enjoyed my Japanese Flowering quinces, akebia, cotoneaster, tiny barberry flowers and even my chinzan and kakuo satsuki cuttings, from Julian Adams, have a few flowers.

Collected a wild blueberry late winter but there won't be any flowers this year but it has wonderful cinnamon colored peeling bark.

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Augustine
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Don Blackmond

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Re: Whole lot-a-blooming goin' on
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2013, 11:34 AM »
The musk maple looks great and appears to be very happy.  Nice work.
Take care,
Don