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November 2017

he majority of rhododendrons have been in flower since September. I would like to mention an evergreen dwarf variety, Rhododendron ‘Chikor’. Bred in 1962 by the Scottish plantsman Peter Cox, this rhododendron was bred by crossing...

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October 2017

Well, I had quite a lot of correspondence from readers last month, about the Decaisnea fargesii shrubs/ small trees which I wrote about in September. There are quite a few growing in the South Island; I haven’t heard from readers in the North...

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September 2017

Another month has gone by so quickly. At the end of my last newsletter I mentioned the three trees on the front lawn which were displaying their graceful shrimp pink tassles; Acer negundo ‘Violaceum’. The flowering has nearly finished and...

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