1st August

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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

A garden centre trip with heavy rain threatening. I just get to Arreton in time to beat it. First up is the rather impressive, well laid out and well tended Thompsons GC. They are rather keen on helenium and rudbeckia but I wonder how many of the ones here are really hardy? Clare will know. Here is my ‘new’ plant offering anyway.

Pride of place at the entrance went to Rudbeckia lac. ‘Goldquelle’.

Rudbeckia lac. ‘Goldquelle’
Rudbeckia lac. ‘Goldquelle’
Rudbeckia lac. ‘Goldquelle’
Rudbeckia lac. ‘Goldquelle’
Penstemon ‘Laura’ was attractive.
Penstemon ‘Laura’
Penstemon ‘Laura’
Penstemon ‘Laura’
Penstemon ‘Laura’
Penstemon ‘Laura’
Penstemon ‘Laura’
Penstemon ‘Czar’ was not bad either.
Penstemon ‘Czar’
Penstemon ‘Czar’
Penstemon ‘Czar’
Penstemon ‘Czar’
Penstemon ‘Czar’
Penstemon ‘Czar’
Penstemon ‘Blackbird’ less so in the wind. We stock this one but this looks a bit different?
Penstemon ‘Blackbird’
Penstemon ‘Blackbird’
Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’ before the older flowers fade in colour.
Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’
Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’
Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’
Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’
Lophomyrtus x ralphii ‘Magic Dragon’ was attractive and new.
Lophomyrtus x ralphii ‘Magic Dragon’
Lophomyrtus x ralphii ‘Magic Dragon’
Lophomyrtus x ralphii ‘Magic Dragon’
Lophomyrtus x ralphii ‘Magic Dragon’
Gaura ‘Rosyjane’ – I pictured last year as a nice bicolour.
Gaura ‘Rosyjane’
Gaura ‘Rosyjane’
Gaura ‘Rosyjane’
Gaura ‘Rosyjane’
Rudbeckia ‘Maya’ looked tenderish but is fairly low growing compared to some.
Rudbeckia ‘Maya’
Rudbeckia ‘Maya’
Rudbeckia ‘Maya’
Rudbeckia ‘Maya’
Rudbeckia ‘Maya’
Rudbeckia ‘Maya’
Pear ‘Doyenne du Comice’ with a pear.
Pear ‘Doyenne du Comice’
Pear ‘Doyenne du Comice’
Polemonium ‘Bambino Blue’ was pretty. Hardy?
Polemonium ‘Bambino Blue’
Polemonium ‘Bambino Blue’
Polemonium ‘Bambino Blue’
Polemonium ‘Bambino Blue’
Polemonium ‘Bambino Blue’
Polemonium ‘Bambino Blue’
Helenium ‘Sombrero’ in the rain.
Helenium ‘Sombrero’
Helenium ‘Sombrero’
Helenium ‘Sombrero’
Helenium ‘Sombrero’
Helenium ‘Sombrero’
Helenium ‘Sombrero’
Lonicera x americana
Lonicera x americana
Lonicera x americana
Lonicera x americana
Lonicera x americana
Lonicera x americana
Lonicera x americana
Lonicera perc ‘Graham Thomas’
Lonicera perc ‘Graham Thomas’
Lonicera perc ‘Graham Thomas’
Lonicera perc ‘Graham Thomas’
Lonicera perc ‘Graham Thomas’
Lonicear x heckrotii ‘Gold Flame’ – if true to name?
Lonicear x heckrotii ‘Gold Flame’
Lonicear x heckrotii ‘Gold Flame’
Lonicear x heckrotii ‘Gold Flame’
Lonicear x heckrotii ‘Gold Flame’
Now a series of roses! None were the ones we wanted for new plants for next year but some may be better than we have or we may sell them one day.Rosa ‘Birthday Girl’

Rosa ‘Birthday Girl’
Rosa ‘Birthday Girl’
Rosa ‘Birthday Girl’
Rosa ‘Birthday Girl’
Rosa ‘Birthday Girl’
Rosa ‘Birthday Girl’
Rosa ‘Happy Anniversary’
Rosa ‘Happy Anniversary’
Rosa ‘Happy Anniversary’
Rosa ‘Happy Anniversary’
Rosa ‘Happy Anniversary’
Rosa ‘Many Happy Returns’
Rosa ‘Many Happy Returns’
Rosa ‘Many Happy Returns’
Rosa ‘Ruby Wedding’
Rosa ‘Ruby Wedding’
Rosa ‘Ruby Wedding’
Rosa ‘Deep Secret’
Rosa ‘Deep Secret’
Rosa ‘Deep Secret’
Rosa ‘Peace’
Rosa ‘Peace’
Rosa ‘Peace’
Rosa ‘Ruby Wedding’ as a climber.
Rosa ‘Ruby Wedding’
Rosa ‘Ruby Wedding’
Then to Simpson GC which is slightly less tatty than last year but no customers at all. Their signboard said ‘roses on flower now’ but most were, of course, over.Rosa ‘The New Dawn’

Rosa ‘The New Dawn’
Rosa ‘The New Dawn’
Rosa ‘Special Grandad’
Rosa ‘Special Grandad’
Rosa ‘Special Grandad’
Rosa ‘Special Grandad’
Rosa ‘Special Grandad’
Rosa ‘Your Wedding Day’
Rosa ‘Your Wedding Day’
Rosa ‘Your Wedding Day’
Rosa ‘Ruby 40th Anniversary’
Rosa ‘Ruby 40th Anniversary’
Rosa ‘Ruby 40th Anniversary’
Rosa ‘Ruby 40th Anniversary’
Rosa ‘Ruby 40th Anniversary’
Rosa ‘Ruby 40th Anniversary’
Rosa ‘Ruby 40th Anniversary’
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’ with seeds.
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’
Leucothoe fontanesiana ‘Rainbow’
Then to Springwood GC which had closed down. All stock gone. No surprises here!

2016 – CHW
At last a really decent rose on the front of Backstay. Mrs Williams appears to be claiming the credit but this one has been here for decades!
a really decent rose
a really decent rose
a really decent rose
a really decent rose
a really decent rose
a really decent rose
Off to Will Caws’ amazing chalk down field where we are too late this year for orchids but the displays of wild flowers and butterflies are as impressive as ever. Half a dozen adders under a sheet of galvanised iron.
This is the herb wild marjoram in a variety of colours.
wild marjoram
wild marjoram
wild marjoram
wild marjoram
Then two prevalent tiny wild flowers which I need to look up to identify.
two prevalent tiny wild flowers
two prevalent tiny wild flowers
two prevalent tiny wild flowers
two prevalent tiny wild flowers
Back to Will’s garden where he has layered his sweet peas but they are not exactly over flowering this year.
layered his sweet peas
layered his sweet peas
layered his sweet peas
layered his sweet peas
layered his sweet peas
layered his sweet peas
Apple ‘Merton Pride’ was producing a big crop and Will had covered the tree to keep the birds away.
Apple ‘Merton Pride’
Apple ‘Merton Pride’

Pear ‘Conference’ has only a sparse showing next to it.

Pear ‘Conference’
Pear ‘Conference’

Apple ‘Coxs Orange Pippin’ was starting to colour up nicely.

Apple ‘Coxs Orange Pippin’
Apple ‘Coxs Orange Pippin’
Plum ‘Victoria’ was also loaded with fruit.
Plum ‘Victoria’
Plum ‘Victoria’
Plum ‘Victoria’
Plum ‘Victoria’
Escallonia ‘Compacta Coccinea’ was looking good and makes a nice shrub.
Escallonia ‘Compacta Coccinea’
Escallonia ‘Compacta Coccinea’
Escallonia ‘Compacta Coccinea’
Escallonia ‘Compacta Coccinea’
Sadly this is not quite a Dianthus ‘Mrs Sinkins’ which we are missing pictures of but hugely scented and had already been out for weeks.
this is not quite a Dianthus ‘Mrs Sinkins’
this is not quite a Dianthus ‘Mrs Sinkins’

2015 – CHW
Our best pure Magnolia virginiana is full out in New Planting.  As noted before its clonal forms and hybrids have bigger and showier flowers. These are rather sparse but a nice ‘lightbulb’ shape.  My memory of the original Magnolia virgiana smashed in the 1990 hurricane was that it was rather better in flower. Variable species!

Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia virginiana

What I think is Acer cappadocicum has very unusual seed pods which I have never noticed before. Beside Cornus bretschneidei. Quite possibly a record tree but not measured recently.

Acer cappadocicum
Acer cappadocicum
Acer cappadocicum
Acer cappadocicum
Hidden away in the Rirei Opening is a very rare oak (now apparently a lithocarpus) – Lithocarpus variolosus. I had not looked at it for 10 years or so but it is quick growing and now 20ft at least in a very sheltered spot. Easy from cuttings says ‘New Trees’ so we must try. The plant is plastered in flower (although not obviously separate male and female flowers) so we must see if seed trusses or acorns form. Nigel Holman gave us this plant from a Chinese collecting trip. The label said Quercus verruculosa which implied something nasty on your foot but it is a fine and very rare specimen today! Vintage Nigel!
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
More plants have come out in the Main Quarry of the centurion Rhododendron fortunei subsp discolor. Attractive and can be smelt today from 70 yards away. Grows alongside Rhododendron stamineum. I found a flower of this on a young plant on the main ride today.
Rhododendron fortunei subsp discolor
Rhododendron fortunei subsp discolor
Rhododendron fortunei subsp discolor
Rhododendron fortunei subsp discolor
How well the two Rhododendron ovatums look in the Main Quarry having been cut right down to reshoot some 10 years ago. I guess the discolor and ovatum were planted at the same time. Most of the rhodos here are from Forrest’s last collecting trip ending with his death in 1932.
Rhododendron ovatums
Rhododendron ovatums
Rhododendron ovatums
Rhododendron ovatums

2002 – FJW
Delia had trip in new car and approved of it and the hydrangeas on the drive. Good weather, very very wet in central England.

1949 – CW
Rho – Auriculatum, Rabdotum, several white and pink Auriculatum hybrids, Eucryphia pinnatifolia very good, one lapageria and a few cyclamen. Been very dry. Hydrangeas very small.

1921 – JCW
No Auriculatum bud on the place. Fog and heavy air with half hearted rain after heat and drought for over three months. We go to Scotland on the fourth. Hydrangeas good colour but small.

1918 – JCW
Buddleias late ones are nice. Bulbs not yet shifted, no labour. No Auriculatums yet.

1916 – JCW
The Romneya at its top best say 200 flowers.

1907 – JCW
Buddleia variabilis good, everlasting peas coming, roses nice, nothing much else.

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