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How to identify Rhododendron Ponticum vs other rhodo varieties

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 19:29

 - i don't remember the whereabouts of every single poster, just the ones in places I know well   Had both my daughters in Frimley Park

Glad I could help

Which garden would you pick?

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 18:52

One thing to bear in mind is that Hidcote is next door to Kiftsgate, which is very different in style, but just as beautiful.  So you can easily visit them both in one day.  We even left our car in Hidcote car park and walked over to Kiftsgate.

enjoy your trip here whatever you decide

How to identify Rhododendron Ponticum vs other rhodo varieties

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 18:47

We have a ponticum growing up between two others - i had to tie ribbons round the purple flowered branches to tell the difference.  Once i had done that the differences in the barks became quite obvious - in our case the ponticum is quite scaly, whereas the others have a well defined pattern almost like a snakeskin.  Not sure all the non-ponticums look like this, but worth having a compare.

Also Peanuts, if I remember rightly you are in Camberley?  If so, there is a specialist rhodie grower (gets gold medals at chelsea and everything) in Churt (down south of Farnham) called Millais.  They are really friendly and really knowledgeable, and I bet if you brought them a sprig of one in flower they would be able to identify it for you.  Just check the website before you make the journey - they have quite random opening times

really need help

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 07:51
Looking great Andy - hope your girls are loving it too. Looks like lots of hard work, but what a difference you have made


Posted: 13/01/2015 at 07:45
Hope the new teenager has a happy day

Thanks for the Horsham tip Lily - its a bit far for me to make it to the theatre on time - am hoping he will visit somewhere I can get to after work. If you're reading Monty, how about a trip to Windsor ??

On my train (standing ) looking at all the poor people who travel at this unearthly hour every day . Do you think they come home early and spend time in their gardens to compensate ?? Probably not - pinstripes and gardeners rarely go together

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 07:36
Special hugs for Matty today, and positive thoughts for those with worrying times ahead.

It's my birthday

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 21:21

Bless Glad to see she got purple jewels to go with it.  Our Fairy will be jealous if she's looking in


Posted: 12/01/2015 at 21:08

DD - you have had a busy day.  Just back from doing the situp rolly thingys myself

Sorry you were under the weather for Christmas Mr & Mrs Bill - hope you are both on the road to recovery.

early start for me tomorrow (i'll catch up with you all when i'm on the train) - so heading off to Beddington Villas, , with Monty to keep me company (reading his musings on French gardens, and loving it).

It's my birthday

Posted: 12/01/2015 at 07:03

Happy Birthday Lyn - have a lovely day



Posted: 12/01/2015 at 06:42

Morning Wintersong and MrsG.  Morning everyone else too.  I agree 6.30 today seems earlier than it normally does MrsG.  Probably something to do with the pitch darkness, and it being a Monday.

Pilates tonight for me too - need to keep flexible so I can bend down and reach all those weeds

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