Friday, December 27, 2013


This afternoon I visited a friend who had one of her Christmas presents spread out on the table:
The puzzle is a picture of a quilt from the book Fresh Quilting by Malka Dubrawsky. I resisted any urge to help her - I know how annoying it can be to have someone "help" with a jigsaw puzzle!

At home the flowers have opened on another vireya. This one hasn't flowered before, but it looks a lot like one of my others. The new one is on the left in this picture, and previous one is on the right. Can you see the difference?
They are very close in size and colour. Maybe there is a touch more yellow in the throat of the one on the left. It is an unnamed variety described as Rhododendron lochiae hybrid. On the right is an unnamed variety described as Rhododendron lochiae x macgregoriae. They both came from the Friends of the Botanic Gardens plant sale, but a year apart. I wonder if they are actually the same plant labelled differently?


  1. Beautiful flowers, whatever the names. To my eyes there is enough difference that suggests they are different hybrids. They wouldn't be the only ones that look quite similar to each other.
    Season's Greetings!

    1. Thank you for the greetings! I think you are right that they are different, but if I had known how similar they would be I might not have bought them both.