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Editor's Journal: Stonecrop

Two members of the Calycanthaceae family, a Deutzia that looks like its flowers were hand painted, a Stewartia with HUGE flowers, a Clematis at home with ferns, and two unique Alpines--including a Gesneriad collected in China by Caroline Burgess.

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Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit plants indicated by AGM.

Across the Flintstone Bridge, the Syringa reticulata is still in bloom, although well past its prime.
Across the Flintstone Bridge
Sinocalycanthus chinensis
A member of the Calycanthaceae family, this unique shrub on the Himalayan Slope is about four feet and has large glossy dark green leaves. The thick, light pink petals are a bit crinkled and the yellow tepals surrounding the stamens are very thick and stiff.
Also a member of the Calycanthaceae family, the Carolina Allspice has small reddish-brown flowers with strap-like petals--and the fragrance of strawberies. Native to the southeastern part of the US.
Calycanthus floridus
Syringa reticulata and Deutzia 'Pink-a-Boo'
Pink Deutzia 'Pink-a-Boo' in front of the white Syringa reticulata.
A member of the Hydrangaceae family, the pink and white flowers of this amazing Deutzia cultivar look like they were hand painted.
Deutzia 'Pink-a-Boo'
Deutzia 'Pink-a-Boo'
The genus is named after Johann van der Deutz, a friend of Karl Thunberg, the Scandinavian botany professor who discovered the genus--and for whom the genus Thungergia is named.
Tremendous flowers--three inches across--on a Stewartia growing in full sun near the north end of the Bramble Ramble. The Stewartias in the Upper Woodland are not yet in bloom, because do not get as much sun.
AGM
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Stewartia pseudocamellia
A member of the Theaceae family native to Japan, this small tree presently covered with its huge white flowers is also noteworthy in winter for its peeling bark.
Growing on the Wisteria Pavilion, this Clematis is complemented by the neighboring ferns.
AGM
Clematis 'Mrs. Cholmondeley'
Clematis 'Mrs. Cholmondeley'
Whoever Mrs. Cholmondeley was, she certainly was lucky to have such an extraordinary Clematis with absolutely huge purplish-blue flowers named after her.
This purple foliaged Smoke Tree was smoking with its fluffy deep pink cluster of flowers. A member of the Anacardiaceae family, native to southern Europe and the Caucasus Mountains.
AGM
Cotinus coggygria
Amorpha fruticosa
A member of the Papilionaceae family, native to the southern US, this large shrub has distinctive cylindrical spikes of tightly packed tiny flowers that are so dark they appear to be almost brownish-black, although upon closer inspection they can be seen to have tiny orange anthers.
Moving on to the Pit House, a dwarf Lily with fine narrow leaves and large white flowers with distinctively huge stigmas.
Lilium formosanum var. pricei
Corallodiscus bullata
We saved what could be the best--certainly the rarest--for last. Grown from seed collected in the wild in China by Caroline Burgess in 1998, this tiny flowering Gesneriad--the flowers are about one-quarter inch long and one-eighth inch wide--is blooming for the first time in the Pit House. Surprisingly, the embossed pattern makes the leaves look soft, but they are really quite rigid.
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