Saturday, April 03, 2010

Japanese Pieris

Japanese Pieris
Pieris japonica
(pee-AIR-iss) (juh-PON-ih-kuh)
Synonyms: Andromeda, Lily of the Valley Shrub, Fetterbush
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This shrub is almost always referred to as Andromeda but that is really not correct. Although now its use is so prevalent that it is accepted and I even find myself saying it. I am glad I looked up the phonetic spelling because I was saying peer-ris before and now remember the proper way to say it is pee-AIR-iss.

No matter what you call it this is a great shrub for early spring gardens in our area. It can start blooming in late March and if the conditions are right can last for several weeks. There are a lot of cultivars available now and this photo is of one (don’t know which one). The species doesn’t have that nice pink/red in the flower, although now there are purely pink ones called Flamingo and Valley Valentine. I am confident breeding and selection will continue to bring new types to the market.

These flowers have a lovely fragrance and the plants are deer proof. Deer proof is not something I say very often because there are very few plants that the deer won’t at least nibble on (Boxwood and Daffodils are two that come to mind). Pieris is good about not getting burned during the winter although the buds can occasionally get blasted during he winter. This quality is nice since it is good to see their glossy green foliage during the winter.

I hope you will join me in celebrating my first outside flower picture of the year. There hasn’t been time to even take my camera to work let alone shoot pictures. I stuck the P6000 in my brief case and briefly had it out on Thursday and managed to snag this picture. The weather hasn’t been exactly cooperating with photography but hopefully that has changed for the better.

“Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem or saying a prayer.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh


Christine said...

Beautiful photo. These plants grow like weeds in my part of the world. I've never been able to get such a good shot of them.

Christine said...

And happy outdoor shooting to you!!

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Digital Flower Pictures said...

Thanks Christine. All I can say is keep shooting. They aren't the easiest flowers to get a picture of but perseverance does pay. Trust me, I know :)

Thanks for the comment Sandy.

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

I love pieris! I bought two last year... a larger one for $50 at a locally-owned nursery (because I couldn't find it anywhere else) and then later in the season when I stumbled across a smaller one for either $3.33 or $6.66 at Home Depot (or Lowes)... and the cheaper one is kicking out blooms all over the place whereas the more expensive one's blooms shriveled up and died over the winter. I'm not drawing any immediate larger parallels from this story... but it does confirm my cheap tendencies.

SandyCarlson said...

This is great. I saw this fella in Waterbury today and wondered what it was. Thanks for the education!

Kala said...

Those bell-like blossoms are so beautiful. I have not seen this shrub where we live.

Janet said...

Wow Chris I am glad I scrolled back a few posts to see this. Great photo.
I am a big fan of pieris and hope to plant some in my garden in SC. Here in the south they really need dappled shade. I am partial to the variegated one.

Indrani said...

Stunning capture, not seen in my part of the world.