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  1. Hello Alistair
    It’s sad when a treasured plant suddenly dies but such is nature, such is life. It does make room for something new and it seems as if the Fothergilla monticola has worked its way into your heart. Try it! It never hurts to try.
    Your other flowers are lovely too. My favourites in this post were the weeping Cherry Cheals and the Erythronium pagoda.
    Astrid

  2. Your May garden is looking quite spectacular. What a shame about your lovely Cashmeriana. I just love that pretty little Pulmonaria, and the foliage on that ‘Golden Zebra’ Daylily is just outstanding. I’ve never seen one with variegated foliage before. The Viburnum, Camellia, Rhodo trio caught my eye today as well. So much loveliness all around!

  3. Hello Alistair, this is the part of your garden which is not registered yet in my consciousness, haha! Am so sorry for the tree that has to go away, and i love the very beautiful berries of that Cashmeriana. I haven’t seen all of these flowers though.

  4. Oh, Alistair, a wonderful post as always! Isn’t amazing how much of a difference in climate 15 miles can make? We experience that here as well. We are right on the coast and our micro-climate is much different from what you see even 12 miles inland. We get ice storms and drying wind in the winter, so while our temperatures are more stable and usually a little warmer, we don’t get the same amount of insulating snow, and gusts to 35 mph are the norm while they are having gentle breezes inland. So while Munstead lavender thrives here, Hidcote, which all the nurseries sell, can’t handle the winter.

    I love that camellia! Wish we could grow those here! I’ve been tempted to get one and keep it in a pot on the deck (so I can bring it in during the winter).

    I absolutely love viburnum but something love it more than we do…. something attacked it last year, damaging and curling the leaves, and it never even bloomed. I sprayed it with my soap, oil, and Neem mixture and it seemed to rebound and was fine the rest of the year, but again this spring, the same something seems to have attacked it again, although this year we were blessed with the fragrant blooms. Whatever is attacking it is not attacking anything else…. so strange.

    Your “Pagoda” and pulmonaria are stunning. We have pulmonaria in our Zen garden. I find it to be a very underutilized plant in this area — and hard to find as well. Our has variegated leaves and pastels blossoms…. but a lovely addition to this shade garden.

    • Cathy and Steve, thank you very much for the visit and comments, I love to hear from you. I wonder what could be attacking your Viburnum, I guess you will have to do some research. I think I actually prefer Munstead the Hidcote which has deeper blue flowers blooms for a very short period here.

  5. I can’t keep up, ther’s always so much gong on in the Aberdeen garden! I noted our Viburnum was very short-lived this year, hardly any blooms & I guess with all the rain we didn’t get out as often to sniff its sweet fragrance.
    I agree your Dicentra Formosa is far more beautiful & leafy…love it!
    Keep up the great work…always a pleasure to visit! x

  6. Beautiful fothergilla – I haven’t seen that particular one before, but it looks very much like Fothergilla major, which has some of the best fall color I’ve ever seen on a shrub. Your garden is looking wonderful – I especially love that patch of dicentra formosa!

  7. So sorry to hear about your Cashmeriana. Sounds like the fothergilla may be its replacement! I’ve seen fothergilla in pictures, but never in real life. I think so many plants are becoming more widely available now, as people are demanding more than just the same plants being sold every year. Love your camellia – and naming it Myra’s Red sounds perfect! What a beautiful show Donation puts on with the viburnum and rhododendron all in bloom together. That is a gorgeous display. Your bleeding heart is gorgeous, too. I have one tiny one I’m trying hard not to kill! :O

  8. Hi Alastair – I agree, the site of a cherry in full bloom is probably enough to convert all the pink-haters. Just wondering if your dicentra patch is a result of naturalisation? … or is it a collection of plants? – whichever, it’s really impressive.

  9. So many wonderful things going on in your garden, where do I start? The Camellia Japonica (now-known-as ‘Myra’s-Red’) is absolutely stunning!! Love the day lily with the variegated leaves (would love to see it in flower) and the Cherry Cheals is just too beautiful!

    Fothergilla Monticola is completely new to me – it looks lovely – thanks for the intro to it.

  10. I always love visiting your garden Alistair. You always have new plants and shrubs for me to view. Just gorgeous photos today of your garden.

  11. Been looking forward to this post Alistair and I wish I could tell you where to get my variety locally but if you get in touch with John Woods nurseries down in England they will be able to tell you if they supply the plant to anyone up here in Scotland. Mine came from there but they don’t supply to the general public and it was a new introduction for them last year. Mine’s in flower now.

    This year my garden has been lacking in so many blooms – not so sure why – maybe the soil needs enriched. Your white dicentra looks terrific along with all that tree blossom while my Pagoda has now finished flowering but the Pulmonarias are still hanging on.

    Have a great weekend.

  12. Interesting post Alistair. I have been thinking of getting a fothergilla but first I must get better at pronouncing its name. I grow Dicentra formosa, a wild flower here and its blooms are pinkish lavender. So, you didn’t take after yours with chlorine bleach or anything did you?

  13. Sorry to hear about your rowan tree, but at least it will make room for something else. Now what could that be ? I’ve got a feeling you’re leaning towards a fothergilla. Can’t imagine what brought that to mind.

  14. Fothergilla is a native to the east coast of the US and it is a stunner in the fall….I also have Golden Zebra and my native Erythronium looks so familiar to yours….and of course I adore pulmonaria…it has quite a presence in many areas of the garden…such beautiful blooms there in Scotland!

  15. Fothergilla is a shrub native to my area, and it is one of my favorites. The blooms have a wonderful fragrance, and the blue-green leaves turn with great fall colors. I also love your Golden Zebra daylily! Your garden really is beautiful. Happy spring!

  16. Hi Alistair! That dicentra is stunning, I want it too! does it dies back in a while like d. spectabilis leaving a wide gap? If so, what are you covering the gap with?
    I am so so so sorry for your rowan, even though it is quite strange to me as rowans are supposed to be long lived trees, aren’t they? I have a wilmorinii which is flowering for the first time this year and maybe producing some white hips too. One goes, one comes, it’s the circle of life.
    As for the fothergilla I like it too but it’s expensive and very slow (maybe that’s why it’s so expensive!) and as you confirmed it likes acidic soil, which I don’t have, so I guess I must give up on this fancy named plant.

    • Hi Alberto, always pleased to see you drop by. I know what you mean regarding Dicentra Spectables, however Formosa which I will be highlighting as my profile plant soon, behaves quite differently, in fact it doesn’t lose its leaves and it goes on flowering all Spring and Summer. In the heat of your Summer it may not flower for quite so long, of course it is deciduous and dies back in late Autumn.

  17. What a beautiful fothergilla! So many treasured specimens in your garden…a feast for any gardener’s eye. The red in that Japonica is stunningly beautiful, so bright and beautiful I simply want to touch it.

  18. Hi Alistair,
    your garden looks wonderful. Thanks for the informations about shrubs and new plants. I haven’t ever seen variegated Hemerocalis foliage. At the moment we have a cold weather in Croatia. It is even snowing in mountain regions.

  19. Interesting that you also are showcasing Osmanthus Delavayi which is the shrub that caught my eye this Spring. Now have my eye on taking a cutting or two as I pass by. Stunning images – especially the pagoda Erythronium and the soft foaming Dicentras

  20. Alistair, Your fothergilla does look like F. major which gets to be about 6′. You might want to try dwarf fothergilla which grows to 3′ with a similar spread. All are hardy to USDA zone 5 which is two full zones colder than where I am. Fothergilla has the best fall color of any shrub I know. I need to check out that daylily. Carolyn

    • Carolym, you are not alone in seeing the resemblance to the form Major. It seems monticola has leaves which are smaller than f major and are said to be more akin to f gardenii. In fact it also says that, confusion abounds in this tiny genus with this species being reduced to group status. All a bit heavy for me.

  21. Alistair what a gorgeous tree – I didnt’ know it at all. And, that camelia – I’m thinking that Aberdeenshire is truly blessed with good plants – or maybe thats just plantsmen…….

  22. I love the Fothergilla, never heard of it but what a handsome plant. Clever shot of the day lily, Alistair, did you add the smudged effect round the edges or were you peeping your camera through a gap in a plant? Very effective. Your garden is looking great.

  23. Hi Alistair, your garden is looking lovely and great selection of plants looking great at this time of the year. Shame about the demise of the Sorbus but I’m sure you will come up with a suitable replacement 🙂

  24. I like the bottle brush look of Fothergilla. It makes for an interesting texture in the garden. I never saw a daylily like that before. The leaves and your photo of it are lovely.

  25. I like fothergilla ,
    I have one in my garden since a long time
    but I did’nt know it’s name the flowers are curious and the leaves become red in automn
    so good!!!

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