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Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'

Archive entry 14.11.10

20th March 2010

A seedling from the hybrid between V.farreri and V.grandiflorum raised at Bodnant. It recieved an Award of Merit from the RHS in 1947. This is the pinkest in bud of the named forms and the colour lasts into the newly opened flowers but after they have been open for a day or so they fade to pure white.
I planted it on a steep slope that is difficult to maintain. The hope is that it will shade out the undergrowth and make it easier to manage. It hasn't happened yet, but that is the nature of hope. Something we cling to that gets us through the present. I'm not a great fan of hope, I find that hot chocolate does the job more reliably but it isn't very good with weeds.