Coincidentally, during my rather wet visit to Felley Priory on Sunday for the plant fair, I noticed a well-established plant of this in full bloom in the gardens, so when the sun briefly shone yesterday I drove back to take some photographs. This plant is a hybrid between Sinocalycanthus chinensis which itself was only discovered in China in 1963, crossed with Calycanthus floridus. It was raised in the JK Raulston Arboretum in North Carolina and you can read the full information about its origins in this link to Dave's Garden. Common names by the way include Chinese wax shrub and Raulston allspice.
|X Sinocalycanthus raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine' - said to be 10 years old|
|A closer view of the flowers|
Whilst at the garden, I took the opportunity to take a few more photographs while the sun briefly shone, although I did have to shelter from a brief shower for a few minutes under a yew tree - weather!
|Paeonia 'Souvenir de Maxine Cornu' - a spectacular tree peony|
|A corner of the white garden|
|Euphorbia myrsinites - such a useful plant|
|Paeonia officinalis 'Anemoniflora Rosea'|
|Rosa banksia 'Lutea' - always amazes me that this grows just as succesfully in the heat of California - just don't prune it as it flowers on old wood.|
|Smilacina racemosa - a new plant to me. taking photographs is good as it makes me look up plants that I otherwise wouldn't have bothered with.|
|And to end with some colour - a vibrant oriental poppy - anyone know the cultivar name?|