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My love affair with J.R.


My love affair with J.R.

Underneath Garrya elliptica "James Roof" ~ J.R.
In my garden 21st February 2009.
His tassels have grown longer since his New Year photo.
I confess ~ I'm in love with J.R.



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Nice shrub with lovely catkins. Mine doesn't seem to have anywhere the number of catkins this year as it normally has. Those it does have are still very nice.

21 Feb, 2009

 

Hi Toto ~ Do you think your JR is having a "rest year" ?
In 2008, my Clematis Armandii had almost no flowers, but there are lots of buds on it this spring.

21 Feb, 2009

 

Gorgeous Photo TT :) i also love these Trees:)

21 Feb, 2009

 

looks fantastic!

21 Feb, 2009

 

Thanks girls ~
The sun is shining on JR right now.
I can't resist him................

21 Feb, 2009

 

It could be TT. It looks healthy enough, just few catkins.

21 Feb, 2009

 

I call them "tassels". Lol.

21 Feb, 2009

 

Sounds good to me. they certainly look like tassles.

21 Feb, 2009

 

:o)

21 Feb, 2009

 

Great Shot!!

21 Feb, 2009

 

Thanks :o)

21 Feb, 2009

 

How tall is JR, TT? Looks very pretty.

21 Feb, 2009

 

Hello Gee ~
Those top tassels on JR are probably about 7ft from the ground.
He has another l ft of new growth above that.
I might try making some cuttings.
It would be nice to have JR's babies. Lol.

21 Feb, 2009

 

This is just fabulous, no wonder you are in love with it and hankering after babies too!

21 Feb, 2009

 

Thanks, PP.
I'm generally better with cuttings than seedlings, so I might try to have JR's babies. :o)

21 Feb, 2009

 

Fantastic plant. I saw a very impressive one in a nearby garden recently. So different to other plants!

21 Feb, 2009

 

Hello Paul ~
Yes, JR " grows on you ".
When I first acquired JR wasn't sure about him.
But each year he produces more and more marvellous tassels and now it's a real love affair :o)

21 Feb, 2009

amy
Amy
 

A lovely photo looking up at JR , mine has more tassels than normal this year maybe they do improve with age :o)

21 Feb, 2009

 

I wonder if the wet summer last year suited JR.
Amy ~ what do you think about that idea ?

21 Feb, 2009

amy
Amy
 

I think you could be right TT , the other thing I have noticed is that normally the leaves have been blackened by the frost which dosn,t look very nice and takes ages to grow out , so far this year despite the frost and snow the leaves look good , it will be interesting to see if it,s the shock of the late unexpected frost that do the damage . we will see !

21 Feb, 2009

 

Yes, we will see !
I'm so glad I planted my JR not that far from the back kitchen door, because I can admire him each time I go out into the dog run... which is very often with Truffle the puppy. Lol.

21 Feb, 2009

amy
Amy
 

Is he use to his run TT , does he like it , or does he try to stay in with you ?

21 Feb, 2009

 

It certainly is one to admire....

21 Feb, 2009

 

JR says thank you to Lincslass :o)

Amy ~ the run is a good place for Truffle except the edges are shingle and I can't leave him unsupervised in case he swallows stones ! It will be fine when he is a bit older. So my gardening is a bit restricted right now. Lol.

21 Feb, 2009

 

Beautiful plant. Can fully understand your love affaire.

21 Feb, 2009

amy
Amy
 

You can,t be to careful TT . it was only yesterday that I was reading about Strange happenings in Golf , one story was that a man who lived near a golf green was taking his dog for a walk and could hear a strange rattling noise coming from the dog , he took it to the vets who found 13 Golf balls inside it , these stories are suppose to be true !

21 Feb, 2009

 

Beautiful J.R. no wonder you are in love with him TT!

21 Feb, 2009

 

Thanks, ladies ~
My passion for JR can no longer be concealed. :o)

21 Feb, 2009

 

A tall, tassled and handsome fellow he is too...TT. :o)
I can well understand your infatuation.

22 Feb, 2009

 

Gilli ~
Would JR survive in BC or would he be too cold ?

22 Feb, 2009

 

I'd love to have one growing in my garden if possible, I can sense the feeling TT!!...LOL..:-) Beautiful!

22 Feb, 2009

 

Hi Panther ~
Yes, I have special feelings for JR.
You'd love him too :o)

22 Feb, 2009

 

I think I already have TT:-)

22 Feb, 2009

 

:o)

22 Feb, 2009

 

great shrub.... TT

22 Feb, 2009

 

Holly ~ thanks.
JR waves his tassels in greeting. :o)

22 Feb, 2009

 

It's really strong TT, and with a lovely blue sky too :o)
There's a big one of these in Ammanford town centre. I bet it's not as good as yours though. lol

22 Feb, 2009

 

On most days, I have a talk with my JR. :o)
I pick up Truffle the puppy, and show him JR's wonderful tassels close up. Lol.

22 Feb, 2009

 

What does Truffle think of the tassles ?

22 Feb, 2009

 

JR now towers over the dog run.
He watches over Truffle, who is VERY impressed by his tassels.
I'll try to take a photo some time of the dog run with JR alongside.

22 Feb, 2009

 

Talk to you later TT

22 Feb, 2009

 

Great photo....
I'm sure JR feels the same way about you, TT?

23 Feb, 2009

 

Ooh, Newfie, I hope so. :o)

23 Feb, 2009

 

I saw another one of these (on my travels) today Tt and it was absolutely huge! I think you might need to do a bit of pruning in the future unless it's got plenty of space around it.

23 Feb, 2009

 

Good advice. Thanks Paul.
I reckon many JR's put on extra growth with last summer's rain.

23 Feb, 2009

 

Wow that is amazing, my neighbour wants one, might get her one for her Birthday which is in March, (then I could take some cuttings from hers) lol

24 Feb, 2009

 

JR would make a wonderful birthday present ....
and Dotty, you could have his babies. Lol.

24 Feb, 2009

 

OH-er underneath him aye! lol lovely pic TT, he is stunning i can well see why you are besotted.

25 Feb, 2009

 

Hello Ang ~
Glad you like JR. :o)
When do you think is the best time to trim him, please ?

25 Feb, 2009

 

Hello Teratoonie, Very beautiful ! I see catkins of the shrub first. I heard sometime the shrub produces both female and male catkins, Really ? Which are they in your photo ? Can I see another catkins ?
And then, thanks you for your comment on my website.

26 Feb, 2009

 

it's a while since i had one of these but if my memory serves me well, i think you cut back after the catkins finish, but don't leave it too late or it may effect how many you get next year, i would say around April should be good. if anyone else is able to confirm this please do :-)

26 Feb, 2009

 

Thanks Tsuyoshi and Maj for your comments and advice.
I'll ask a member with further experience of JR to add more information to this thread.
I appreciate your help so far. :o)

26 Feb, 2009

 

Hi TT Garrya ‘James Roof ‘ also known as silk tassel bush is a strong vigorous male with large leathery leaves and extra long silver catkins up to 20cm long. It grows up to about 4m tall. Generally speaking you should not need to prune Garrya but any dead or unwanted growth can be removed in April or May.
It’s not a fussy plant and will grow on the poorest of soil as long as it’s well drained. Tolerates either full sun or partial shade, very good on a north-facing wall. It is salt and pollution tolerant so would cope well in a coastal or city situation.
Garrya elliptica has both male and female plants.
The female has long clusters of deep purple-brown fruits.
Hope this helps SueB

26 Feb, 2009

 

Hello SueB ~
Thanks so much for your information. You've answered lots of questions.
Do you grow JR in your garden ? I planted JR southfacing, because I wanted him not far from my back door. But I make sure he doesn't go short of water at the roots in the summer. All that rain last year really suited him !
Thank you again. It certainly does help. :o)

26 Feb, 2009

 

Lovely flowers

26 Feb, 2009

 

Thanks, Lori.
Today, JR's tassels are blowing about a lot in the breeze.
Seems a bit chilly out there ! :o)

26 Feb, 2009

 

Too breezy for any gardening today brrrr

26 Feb, 2009

 

Unfortunately, TT, J.R. is not quite tough enough for my area. Shame for such a handsome fellow. He is only hardy to USDA zone 8 and I'm in zone 5a. :o(

26 Feb, 2009

 

A pity you are in such a very cold zone, Gilli.
JR seemed not bothered by all the ice and snow in my garden.
His tassels stayed intact. You can see in my new year photo they were shorter, then the photo above after those weeks of snow and freeze. Still looking handsome.

Never mind.
Won't be too long before all your seedlings will emerge from the basement. :o)

26 Feb, 2009

 

Hi TT No I have not got any Garrya at the moment although I did have a Garrya 'pat ballard' it had to come out to get the greenhouse in:O( it's now in my sister's garden.

26 Feb, 2009

 

There's a coincidence ! I just googled Garrya "Pat Ballard" for good photos and it came up with UBC Botanical Garden, Botany Photo of the Day for January 8th 2006. Some lovely pictures. Glorious tassels !

Coincidence because my blog # 11 is about the UBC Botanical Garden, Vancouver, British Columbia. :o)

Lucky sister to win that Garrya.
Maybe you could take cuttings ?

26 Feb, 2009

 

Wonderful picture TT!!!

26 Feb, 2009

 

Thanks, Aleyna ~
It was nice to have some blue sky to photograph :o).

26 Feb, 2009

 

Oh, those Vancouverites.....they get to grow so many more lovely things down there on the coast than I do up here. I'm green with envy!! :o)

I can see JR's tassel size has increased tremendously TT. My goodness, if they grow any bigger you'll be tripping over them.

26 Feb, 2009

 

It's been breezy the past couple of days and JR's tassels get blown about and caught on branches. I find myself standing in the dog run, rearranging JR's tassels while watching over the puppy. Quite therapeutic. :o)

27 Feb, 2009

 

TT ~Next time visit!! trouble is I'm running out of space........but Ducky has planted a seed of an idea in my head. :0)

27 Feb, 2009

 

Sueb ~
Yes, I have the same problem ~
trying to cram in too many plants !
Will be interested to know about the idea :o)

27 Feb, 2009

 

It is a stunning plant TT. I had one many years ago at a former home but never got to saw it in its full, mature beauty - must get another!

27 Feb, 2009

 

would be nice if I could grow one like that here, but doubt it would survie the winters. It looks really nice

27 Feb, 2009

 

Yes, I honestly do feel passionate about JR.
Dawn ~ JR would look good in your gardens.

Islander ~ JR survived the ice and snow very well.
If you could find a sheltered place, protected from the strong winds, it might be okay to try JR in the Orkneys. :o)

27 Feb, 2009

 

Terratoonie:

Your JR is looking good. Very beautiful tree and photo!

How tall is this tree?

4 Mar, 2009

 

Hello Delonix 1

JR is very special to me. I talk to him every day. He watches me train the puppy.

The tallest branches are about 8 feet high, but I shall trim a few of those to try growing cuttings. JR is planted quite near my house so I would not wish him to get too tall. :o)

4 Mar, 2009

 

Terratoonie:

JR appears to be much taller in your photos...I thought JR might have been at least 20 feet / 6.1 meters tall.

5 Mar, 2009

 

Delonix1 ~
The Royal Horticultural Society mentions JR growing to 12 ft.

It is an important plant at RHS Rosemoor, North Devon. JR grows against the Visitor Centre wall to either side of the main entrance, and is therefore one of the first plants the visitors see. RHS says that JR's tassels are a wonderfully welcoming sight on a cold winter's morning.

I'm so pleased I planted JR alongside my dog run, just outside my kitchen back door. This means I'm able chat to JR every day, and I watch how he changes through the seasons. :o)

5 Mar, 2009

 

the wind froom the seas carries salt in it and we get lots of wind, that is the problem growing trees etc here, the winter temperatures are usually better than the mainland that is why I doubt the ability to grow jr here. How is truffle doing?

5 Mar, 2009

 

Hello Islander ~

RHS Rosemoor says that JR is well suited to coastal conditions and tolerates pollution. I guess JR would be okay in the Orkneys if in a sheltered position away from fierce winds.

Truffle is fine thanks.
Conker the Sheltie is so very kind and patient with him.
I hope your Lassie is well. :o)

5 Mar, 2009

 

Hi Terra,
Lassie is doing o.k. we have got a male Lab with her at the mo, hoping to make puppies.
she always refused to allow any dog before but she seems to like this one so its fingers crossing time. will let you know in 4 weeks time if she is expecting.
its nice that conker took to truffle. Glad to hear you are all doing well

5 Mar, 2009

 

That's encouraging news about Lassie !
Lets hope for lots of baby labs :o)
Sorry I couldn't fit Orkneys on the map I uploaded. Lol.
I promise you a lovely sunny day tomorrow. :o)

5 Mar, 2009

 

One of my faves. Lovely pic, Tt! :-)

9 Mar, 2009

 

Thanks, David.
Yes ~ JR is gorgeous. :o)

9 Mar, 2009

 

I would like to have one of these eventually. I can see why you are in love. Very nice!

20 May, 2009

 

I'm trying to grow JR Jrs, in other words, JR's babies from cuttings... not yet sure if it is going to work !!!

20 May, 2009

 

Good luck. I hope it works for you :-)

20 May, 2009

 

Yes, I have three baby JR's planted in my garden from cuttings ... I hope they've survived the recents snows ...

30 Dec, 2010

 

Do you remember a while back you were encouraging me to get a JR? Well, I've got one now, a young healthy one about 2.5 feet tall. Because of the usual ( not this year) weather here I have planted it in a sunny, sheltered spot and have my fingers crossed. It is part of my mission to get more evergreen shrubs into this garden. Thanks for the encouragement and here's hoping ........

14 Mar, 2012

 

Good luck, Oji, with your JR. He should be okay in a sunny, sheltered position. His tassels make a lovely show through the winter.

Yes, I've also acquired more evergreen shrubs.
Helps to make the garden look interesting all year.

14 Mar, 2012

 

Wow! That is gorgeous. No wonder you love JR. It was love at first sight for my OH and JR. How lovely that you managed to grow some from cuttings too. I will need to try that.

22 Nov, 2012

 

Hi Scotsgran ..
My JR cuttings are doing well ... planted out ... no tassels on the babies this year, but I'm optimistic for 2013 :o)

24 Nov, 2012



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