Rhododendrons and Azaleas

Azalea Anne Frank, Rhododendron Sneezy, Bob with Azalea George Arends, new and exciting Rhododendron Marcel Menard – it is a more deeper purple than the photo, but a classic, stunning rhododendron hardy hybrid, Rhododendron Marie Forte! red and bold!, Azalea Violetta – delicate pink/ purple – limited quantities special for this year!

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Spring bedding!! at Hedgehogs Nursery

We have a great choice. Superb begonias for tubs and baskets – fantastic petunia bacopa, sweet peas, and more than you can imagine – something special for hanging baskets – Million Bells!!! And let’s not forget the colourful petuniasgrand rapids mixed and hmmm lets see what else there is – how about just come in and see what we have!!!

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Ginkgo biloba | Carl Von Linnaeus

Known as the maiden hair tree and a genera of only one species native of Eastern China and Japan. It is found in fossilized form and hints to its ancestry in its fern like forms. It is only one species but has many forms, i.e., tree shapes such as upright growing, pendulous and yellow foliage.

The Ginkgo is one of the starting points of botany and is commonly placed in context by being referred to as a ‘Living Fossil‘. The plant also has the distinction of being first discovered and named by no less than the Father of Botanical nomenclature – Carl Von Linnaeus (1707-1778) a Swedish national.

Von Linnaeus pioneered the making sense of Biodiversity by using classification as the key to grouping organisations in hierarchal groups. His genius was based on everything getting two names, i.e. the Binomial system. This binomial system is in turn based on the dead language of Latin and continues to be the method used by scientists today when comparing one organisation to another.

from the series 18th Century Plant Collectors by Robert Kean 

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Bedding plants spring into 2015 at Hedgehogs Nursery

We have the long awaited Begonias for tubs and baskets! How about trying Million Bells – something new this year! And don’t forget lobelia trailing, alyssum, bacopa and sweet peas!! All colourful and all here while stocks last!!

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Populus Candicans | Konrad Monch

About a Man and a Tree. Populus Candicans (Family Salicacea). This deciduous tree of large size probably has its origins in France and Western Europe. First named by a German Botanist Konrad Monch, who was a professor of Botany at Marbury University from 1786-1805. His writings include Methodus Plantus Horti Botanici.

from the series 18th Century Plant Collectors by Robert Kean 

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Cedrus Atlantica | Elie Abel Carriere

Cedrus Atlantica is a native species of Algeria and the Altus Mountains of North Africa. It grows to a large coniferous tree, some over 40 meters in height. The leaf length is about 10-25cm and the cones are 10-12cm, standing upwards and golden brown in colour. Ecologically this cedar is well adapted to cool climates as its native to altitudes of 1400 to 2200 metres. The various forms include upright, weeping with golden or blueish leaves. It is well adapted to temperate climates but will tolerate hot dry soils. The author of the name was Elie Abel Carriere, born 1818 in France. His most important work was on conifers in the period between 1850 to 1870.

from the series 18th Century Plant Collectors by Robert Kean 

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Thujopsis Dolibrata | Siebold & Zuccarini

Thujopsis Dolibrata is a beautiful and distinctive evergreen which has the most unusual flattened fern like branchlets and leaves. It is a native of Japan and belongs to the cupressaceae family. The genus has only one species. It can grow to be a 40 metre specimen with glossy green leaves above and marked with vivid white stomatal bands on the underside. The cones are huge and can be 150mm long and 100mm in diameter. This tree must have a region which has good rainfall or a good irrigation system and is not drought tolerant.

The co-author of the tree’s name was Philipp Siebold and Joseph Zuccarini.

Phillipp Siebold into a family of medical doctors and a student of Humboldt the early naturalist and explorer. He joined the Dutch navy as a ships surgeon and sailed with the frigate Adriana in 1822 for the Far East. He arrived in Japan in 1823 and was close to drowning during a typhoon in the East China sea. At this time Japan was about to open up from it’s 200 year isolation from the rest of the world.

The European tradition of sending medical doctors with botanical training was quite normal and he became fascinated with all things Japanese. Unfortunately he was credited with the introduction of Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) which has become an invasive species in Europe. He fell foul of Japanese authority who accused him of being a Russian spy due to some coastal maps he made in 1826 on a trip to Japan and Korea. He returned to Europe and settled in the Dutch town of Leiden with a plant collection of some 12,000 species from Japan and opened a national museum of ethnology.

On a personal level Siebold married Helen von Gagern and had 3 sons and 2 daughters in 1845.

In 1885 the Japanese government lifted the banishment of Siebold and he returned to Japan in 1859. At this point in history his political meddling and some sexual exploits got him sent back to Europe. He kept trying to return to Japan but failed and died in Munich in 1866.

from the series 18th Century Plant Collectors by Robert Kean 

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Picea Breweriana | William Henry Brewer

Picea Breweriana is a species of extremely weeping trees and a native of South Western Oregon and Northwest California. It is found at altitudes of 1-2 thousand metres.

The immature cones of this tree are dark purple, fading to red and orange on maturation. A comparatively rare tree that is found growing in harsh and exposed ridgetop and is well separated from much of the faster growing trees such as the Douglas Fir. Because of its popularity as a garden specimen tree, many more are grown in gardens than in the wild.

Once again the evolutionary adaption of the weeping habit is directly the consequence of the snow fall found in the mountains of its native home lands.

The author of its botanical name was Sereno Watson, An American botanist, who chose to name the tree after an American geologist and botanist named William Henry Brewer who was born in New York State in 1848. He attended Yale University and studied in Europe at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

In 1860 he was instrumental in a study of the geology of Northern California around the Gold Rush years and was also involved in a survey of Greenland in 1869. He then joined a famous expedition to Alaska in 1899.

He died at home in Connecticut in 1910.

In his honour, Mount Brewer in the Sierra Nevada’s is named after him.

from the series 18th Century Plant Collectors by Robert Kean 

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