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May 20, 2010

Two Tiny White Bells

A tiny white alpine form of Rhododendron, the plant, growing in a trough, is no taller than 8 inches, but I misplaced (i.e. lost) the tag, an I just assumed that I would kill it anyway, so didn't bother to note its name down anywhere, which should teach me a lesson-somewhere, even in a notebook or on a Word doc on the laptop, note the genus, species and cultivar names of what gets planted in the garden. I can't remember everything! Well, I can't remember much in the first place. There are very few 'miniature' or dwarf Rhododendron species and crosses that are hardy in our east coast zone 5 garden, but as many Rhododendron experts know, rules are always being broken, and sometimes a special spot will result in a surprise micro-climate success. If anyone knows the name, please share.
Just beginning to bloom, is this Billardiara longifolia vine, native to Chile. More impressive photos will come later, but I thought that I would share this, the first flower. This precious tiny vine will have many more in a few weeks. I keep this vine growing in a 12 inch pot with a tiny trellis. For us, it's a terrace plant, kept in a large pot which spends it's winter in the cold greenhouse. Evergreen, it is tender in our zone 5 garden. Grown more for its shocklingly violet fruits which are ornamental in the late summer and autumn, I think I like it's tiny white bells flowers more.

6 comments :

  1. Thanks for posting this info about the climbing blueberry. We've been looking for an evergreen vine and this one has popped up on a few of our "good for Pacific NW" vine lists.

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  2. So cute - I love pics of blooms!

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  3. Is the unknown Rhododendron possibly the white form of Rhododendron campylogynum? Whatever it is, it's beautiful.

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  4. It looks to me like what we call a wild trumpet vine.

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  5. These are like Merry bells. Maybe the same thing. The are a native here in Tennessee. So cute, small yet cute.

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