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Silk Tassel Bush, St. Lawrence, Isle of Wight

Observed: 29th January 2012 By: David Trevan
Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Soc
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Ok I know it's been on already this week, but just had to add my observation of this splendid plant!
Garrya elliptica is one of the classic winter flowering shrubs flowering from November - March and noted for it's wonderful crop of silvery, grey catkins.
Introduced to the UK by the plant hunter David Douglas from California. One of the gems of the winter garden!Sorry the close up of the catkins is not sharp, was some distance away and had to zoom in.

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KelsaeJohn's picture

Garrya elliptica

You're absolutely right David, this beautiful shrub is always worth a second viewing.

martinjohnbishop's picture

Oooh, wow!

Very fine shots.

David Trevan's picture

Garrya!

Thanks Martin!
Was hoping to find the cultivar G. elliptica 'James Roof' in our local botanic garden but instead came across this plant in a private garden close to where we live.
Didn't find a single Garrya in the botanic garden,maybe they suffered in the severe weather last year.

David J Trevan

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Garrya!

Thanks for your comment KelsaeJohn, love this plant!

David J Trevan

KelsaeJohn's picture

Garrya

Thanks David. You might wonder why I didn't 'agree' with your ID. Well, to be honest, I have only ever seen it in books (pictures) - i.e. Gardening books. So, if I were to agree with your ID I would feel a bit of a fraud. But I just had to comment because the pics were so beautiful.

LVS77's picture

Lovely photos!

I read recently that when the plant flowered for the first time in England in 1834 it was found to represent 'not just a new species, not just a whole new genus, but a brand new natural order (albeit a small one)'. So the man it was named after (Nicholas Garry) received a bigger honour than expected - it being 'the botanical equivalent of having a galaxy named after you instead of just a star'.(Rob Cassy, A Shortcut to Perfect Planting). Blimey!

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Garrya!

Good stuff Lucy!Also supported in "Garden Shrubs and their Histories" -Alice Coats. Apparently Nicholas Garry was Deputy Governor of the Hudson Bay Company, who made David Douglas's journeys in North America possible.
Their is a lot of information about Garrya and David Douglas in Alice Coat's book.Plants are amazing, bringing together history, geography, botany,never gets boring does it!

David J Trevan

LVS77's picture

Amazing plants

I quite agree! I'll have to look up that book - sounds good...