ASR Tasmania Newsletter – September 2019

  • Date: 9th September 2019
  • author: Jenny Skinner


First of all a follow up from last month’s article. I’ve since realised that the cyclamen with the spots is in fact one that Karina has growing in her garden and which I now have in my garden because

I bought it at the plant auction! It’s Cyclamen rhodium ssp. peloponnesiacum so not a new cultivar!In the past month the garden has gone from its ‘bare branch’ state to its ‘bursting into life’ state. One of the first trees to come into bloom was the hybrid flowering cherry Prunus ‘Okame’, with spectacular clusters of bright pink flowers. Some of the Camellia reticulata have been displaying their big frilly pink blooms but my favourite is the tiny Camellia japonica ‘Tinsie’ with its cluster of white petaloides in the centre of a gorgeous red flower. Then there’s Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’, arguably one of the best hybrid camellias ever bred (according to John Valder) and also one of the first ever Camellia hybrids. At Woodbank there are three of these plants (that I’ve so far discovered) all of which are covered in pink flowers that are adorned with a delicate pattern of deep pink veins that radiate across the petals.

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