Lillium superbum just out.
Calycanthus floridus ‘Athens’ still in full flower which is odd. Secondary flowers held back in the dry spell I assume as the flowers normally appear with the leaves in late May.
Another flower on the 1998 planted Magnolia delavayi which Jaimie thinks was from Clive Shilton. It is different to the normal delavayi.
The outer casing has now shed on the second bud on Magnolia tamaulipana.
Here is the seed head from the first flower.
The big Eucryphia nymansensis ‘Nymansay’ which reshot with multiple stems after the 1990 hurricane is just out.
Just a very few seed heads are setting on Euonymus lucidus after the dry spell.
Still a good show of flowers on Magnolia virginiana ‘Satellite’ long after the first ones showed high up on the tree four to six weeks ago.
Tender new growth on Quercus fleuryi. Orange indumentum. It has not enjoyed the heat.
A disaster with Schefflera megaphylla which has moved in the wind and half broken its root system. Will the flower still come out?
Mr Norton suggests that our misnamed Michelia compressa might be Cleyera japonica? The flowers are just showing colour now but not out. I suspect not but will have a look at our Cleyera japonica ‘Fortunei’ shortly although I did photograph this in flower last year.
Deer damage (and recent) to the trunk of a young Quercus crassifolia. Infuriating and always the rarest things.
A nice show of Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ in the Ririei Opening.
The two original and once record Osmanthus yunnanensis (Forrest 1923). One fell over and we pollarded and uprighted it and it has now reshot a bit. The other was pollarded and started reshooting vigorously last year but has now completely died and needs to come out. We have a few new young plants on the go.
2019 – CHW
To complete our review of Taxodium distichum varieties from the day before yesterday here is ‘Falling Waters’ growing beside a camellia. A trailing leader and trailing branches.
The joys of rain at last at the weekend! Hopefully the drought of 2018 is over just in time to save the big leaved rhododendrons and the new plantings in the garden.This bank outside the front door was brown only 48 hours ago.
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’.
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’
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’
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!
Pear ‘Conference’ has only a sparse showing next to it.
Apple ‘Coxs Orange Pippin’ was starting to colour up nicely.
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!
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. [Update 2020: this is actually a Liquidambar from Asia – see comments at bottom of page!]
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.