A hidden gem in the High Weald of Sussex, sensitively planted to enhance the natural landscape. A botanical treasure trove and classic English idyll make High Beeches one of the finest gardens in the South East


Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Plenty of Pinks

Prunus Okame

Camellia Lady Clare
There are already too many plants to count in flower in the garden.  I thought I would have a look at the pinks

Prunus Okame a hybrid (P.campanulata x P.incisa) raised by Captain Colllingwood Ingram has masses of deep pink flowers which look beautiful against an early spring blue sky.

Camellia japonica Akashigate (Lady Clare)
is a dense evergreen shrub which flowers freely in Spring.

Rhododendron Cilpenense

Rhododendron Cilpenense is a pretty early flowering rhododendron, a hybrid (R ciliatum x moupinense) raised at Bodnant

Viburnum grandiflorum

Magnolia sargentiana robusta

Viburnum grandiflorum is a deciduous upright shrub with pretty pink and fragrant flowers in early spring.  It is a native of the Himalayas and was introduced in 1914 by Roland Cooper from Bhutan.

The first buds are showing pink on the magnificent Magnolia sargentiana var. robusta. which was introduced by Ernest Wilson in 1908. This tree is quite possibly a plant grafted by Chenault.  Within the next week or two this plant will be smothered in large and vivid pink flowers.  It was a casualty of the great storm of l987 but has regenerated to continue to give a superb display almost every year.

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