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Pieris formosa

 

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.

Pieris formosa

 

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.

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 12 Apr 2017, 00:56
You have made a gorgeous "portrait" of it, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ray.
A lovely flower, Tom. An interesting story also.
Tom Wilson: It makes quite a blaze of colour in the spring.
A lovely plant... and so wonderful to have it's history!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 12 Apr 2017, 06:28
My neighbours have planted a new hedge of this - it will look stunning when mature
Tom Wilson: It will indeed, Lisl - you'll have all the benefit without the work smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Apr 2017, 06:41
Very nice too, I like the new growth colour Tom
Tom Wilson: It's quite stunning, isn't it?
Full of Spring loveliness, Tom, (and history!).
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ginnie.
superbe plante!! amitiés
Tom Wilson: Merci bien, Jean Pierre
A splendid plant Tom
Tom Wilson: It was pruned last year to make it bush, and that seems to have worked!
A lovely plant Tom.
Tom Wilson: It is, Chad - new red leaves in early spring, followed by white pendulous flowers, then evergreen the rest of the year.
Very pretty leaves.
Tom Wilson: They are - they vary over time from what you see here to pink and then green.
Certainly a beautiful plant Tom and such an attractive presentation.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Brian.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 12 Apr 2017, 15:53
So sharp! Great shot.

PS. I wonder - if Forrester is a botanist, then Bulley should be a slave trader, especially since he is from Liverpool.
Tom Wilson: Well, Bulley was a cotton trader, so there must have been some connection to the slavery of the southern states, even if he didn't own plantations there!
I like how the red leaves echo the green leaves...

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