The new season's leaves of Pieris formosa var. forestii - discovered in the Himalayas of Western China (Yunan province) by the plant hunter George Forrest, sponsored by Liverpool cotton merchant Arthur K. Bulley, founder of the Ness Gardens, now maintained by the University of Liverpool.
"It is very likely that all of the Pieris formosa var. forrestii including the popular cultivar 'Wakehurst' that are grown in Britain, today, are descendents of this plant. Many of these will have been grown from the seed which Bulley distributed in 1924 through his seed company Bees Seeds Ltd." (http://www.nessgardens.org.uk/the-gardens/by-month/may/our-favourite-plants-in-may/pieris-formosa-var-forrestii/)
This is one of two in large pots beside our front door, seen in full bloom in an earlier picture.
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