|Rhododendron augustinii & Hosta 'Autumn Frost' - 9 April 2022|
Augustine Henry (2 July 1857 – 23 March 1930) was a British-born Irish plantsman and sinologist. He is best known for sending over 15,000 dry specimens and seeds and 500 plant samples to Kew Gardens in the United Kingdom. By 1930, he was a recognised authority and was honoured with society membership in Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, and Poland. In 1929 the Botanical Institute of Peking dedicated to him the second volume of Icones plantarum Sinicarum, a collection of plant drawings. In 1935, John William Besant was to write: 'The wealth of beautiful trees and flowering shrubs which adorn gardens in all temperate parts of the world today is due in a great measure to the pioneer work of the late Professor Henry'
I have written at length how my Rosemary’s favourite colours in the garden were white and blue. But as we both gardened and got older at the same time, she began to appreciate yellows, oranges and reds. But in her warm heart she held on to the cold colour blue.
|Rhododendron augustinii - 9 April 2022|
Today 9 April 2022 I could not but notice the almost blue flowers of Rhododendron augustinii. I think her cultivar is most special as rarely do rhododendrons of this ilk ever look that blue.
Because I have time in my hands I decided to do several scans of augustinii remembering my friend (now gone) Wolfram George Schmid who eschewed multi-variegated hostas and preferred the plain green ones. It was Schmid who enlightened me with this statement that I will never forget, “If you put a yellow hosta next to a blue one the blue one will look bluer and the yellow one more yellow.”
|Rhodendron augustinii & Hosta 'Dorset Blue' - 9 April 2022|
On 8 June I will be going to Minneapolis with my daughter Hilary to the National Convention of the American Hosta Society. I am making a presentation (using my plant scans) on the beauty of hosta flowers. Because of Rosemary’s multi interests in the garden I learned to notice small stuff (not only big and bold hosta leaves) and with our mutual love for roses I took pleasure in looking at how hosta flowers are beautiful in their own way.
These scans go beyond my original purpose, when I started in 2001, of making my scans accurate representations of the plants. Here I delving into the “artistic”.
|Rhodendron augustinii & Hosta 'Island Breeze' 9 April 2022|