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The start of a new gardening year - Magnolia campbellii

The start of a new magnolia flowering season has come to mark the start of a new gardening year for us. No matter that this occurs in July, in the depths of winter. 842 more words

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Evergreen azaleas - unsung garden heroes

Evergreen azaleas are a bit of an unsung garden hero, really. There can’t be many more obliging, hard working plants. Generally regarded as playing second fiddle to their more aristocratic rhododendron family members, they seem to have followed their slide down towards oblivion in recent times.   847 more words

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A Mid-Winter's Day in Tikorangi

Winter can be very pink, here. Or so I have often declared. I hereby move my position. Late winter and early spring can be very pink – all those camellias and magnolias. 609 more words

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Tikorangi notes - winter, reversions and grubby knees

‘tis the winter solstice today. This marks the point where the days will start to lengthen again, which is always encouraging. However, it usually marks the point where we descend into the worst of winter weather from here through July. 827 more words

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The saga of Yucca whipplei

It was a bit of a milestone here last week as we completed the task of Moving Yucca Whipplei. This has been such a long story that I even have a folder of photos on my computer devoted to the move. 584 more words

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The Golden Camellias of China and Vietnam

While we talk about yellow camellias, in China they refer to golden camellias, often in tones of reverence and awe.

By the time Mark Jury (yes, my Mark) started breeding camellias, his renowned camellia-breeding uncle, Les Jury, was quite elderly and happy to share his experience and goals. 1,635 more words

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Camellia stars

It is looking as if this is to be the year of the camellia for us. We went to China in February, to join the International Camellia Society’s biennial congress and it has been non-stop camellias since. 768 more words

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