Thursday, July 12, 2007

Winky Pinky Hydrangea paniculata- Hortensie

Hydrangea paniculata: Winky Pinky

Winky is the creation of Dr. Johan Van Huylenbroeek, a well know ornamental plant breeder within the Department of Plant Genetics and Breeding at Flemish Institute for Agriculture in Belgium.
He developed this new variety by treating seedlings of Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’ with the chemical mutagen colchicine.
In amongst the resulting seedlings emerged a superb new Hydrangea that had just recently come to market in North America.

What makes Pinky Winky so special and unique is its white and pink two-toned flower heads that appear in mid-summer.
The large, 16 inch long flower heads (panicles) emerge white and the flowers at the base of the panicle quickly turn pink.

The flowering is indeterminate, meaning they continue to push new white flowers from the tip of the panicle while the older flowers transform to rich pink.
As an added bonus the flower heads are held upright on strong stems and don’t droop like the ever popular Pee Gee variety.

The plant also exhibits dark green foliage which makes for a nice backdrop for its beautiful flowers.
Like all paniculata hydrangeas Pinky Winky blooms regardless of climate, soil, pH or pruning.
Use it as a specimen plant or to create a spectacular flowering hedge.

Beschreibung von Kordes:
Von Dr. Johan Van Huylenbroeek, Belgien selektierte neue Sorte; Wuchs 1,25 bis 1,50 m hoch, mit aufrechten steifen Trieben;
große, kegelförmige Blütenstände, anfangs weiß, später intensiv dunkelrosa bis rot,
Ende Juli bis Oktober - auffällige Solitär-, Flächen-, Hecken- und Topfpflanze,
die sehr gut winterhart ist und deren Blüten sich auch zum Trocknen eignen.
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hollyhock (AIthaea spp.) and rust diseases

This rust disease can result in serious injury to hollyhocks (AIthaea spp.) and is found nearly everywhere they are grown.
The rust also occurs on mallow (Malvs rotundifolia), a common weed, which can serve as a disease reservoir and contribute to infection of hollyhocks.
Hollyhock rust is caused by the fungus Puccinia malvacearum. It is classified as an autoecious rust because it has only one known infective stage (III, teliospore) and is not known to have an alternate host.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Beyond the Gate...project started in 2005

For many years we used this space to park our larger car.
After downsizing to a smaller "fun car"
I created a courtyard with rocks and flowers.
Here, I have a cool place to relax, read the newspaper
and enjoy a cup of espresso.
Actually not many of my neighbours know about this garden.
It is my secret garden...

2005 -2007

The large rocks and river stones represent the beach with waves.

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Beyond the Gate...project started in 2005

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