Cultivating this Rubus for accent use this year. It’s got a Taiwanese origins I believe, at least that’s what I think I was told by Pat when I got it from him! This is it’s flower. It’s staying tight in the pot which is a good sign, no big runners like a bramble!! Be interesting to see if it sets fruit. Anybody know the name of it?



Rhododendron Flower Removal

Well, not really flower removal but seed pod removal. This is a boring task but a vital one. We remove the old flower heads so that the tree doesn’t waste energy producing seed. Some people think that once the flowers fall off that’s it but, if  left behind the seed pods ripen and can make the tree sluggish in it’s growth that year. On this variety of Rhododendron, each flower head can have up to 10 individual flowers, each with it’s own seed head to remove.

Here we see the tree with my removal already started from right to left.



This is a branch were I have already removed the offenders and you can see the strong new shoots emerging.


This is a branch still to be done. It’s easier to remove them at this stage. The flowers have faded but are still on the tree. If you wait until the flower petals fall, it makes it harder to find all the seed pods. You can see how many flowers were on this one branch!



Same branch with the petals removed to show exactly what we need to get at.




This is one seed pod, I am able to removed them by plucking on this species but just be careful as some pecies can be different and need to have them removed by cutting to stop damage to new emerging shoots.



All gone.


This is a seed pod that I missed from the previous year! It was still hanging on the tree!



And this is the tree with all flowers removed.


and the aftermath!!



Ingrid Bergmann

Was lucky enough to have this fabulous Rose named after her. This is from my garden and this is my wife’s favourite. God help any kid who hits it with a football! 🙂


Blog Post of the Day

Today’s pick is a very well constructed post from the Bonsai Tonight Blog.

Removal of Azalea Flower Buds

Sunday Walk Inspiration

Here follows my usual offering of photos taken this morning during my Sunday walk.

To start with, some views from Scrabo Tower

Gorse in Flower

My Usual selection of Fungi, most of these growing on the gorse.

An old Hazel

Birch Bark

Nabari on the shohin tree, Stephen for scale 😉

Bluebells already!!

More Fungi and just check out the shape of the cut stump, truly amazing.


Being watched

The overgrown sandstone quarry where all the famous Scrabo Stone was quarried from. It’s now home to 100’s of Jackdaws.

A tunnel cut under what used to be the railway line used to take the stone from the quarry.

Scrabo Tower peeking over the hill.