The huge clump of Hydrangea paniculata on Hovel Cart Road is very fine and just showing hints of pink. The best thing in the garden today by far.
I had been wondering what this odd thing was in the bed opposite the front door. It is the late flowering Mexican dahlia species which we bought in February. Still no sign of a flower.
The Korean raspberry, Rubus tricolor, has plenty of fruit but mice or birds are devouring them quickly.
2016 – CHW
We may be having a fairly decent summer but these three rhododendrons and azaleas are reshooting well despite only having been cut back in March. The fourth is more as I would expect in the first year with new shoots still emerging.
Alongside them in the Rockery Rhododendron camplogynum is well into its second flush of flowers and very good too.
On the wall a few small secondary wisteria flowers too. I saw some here a month ago and was surprised but this is very late indeed.
2015 – CHW
Heavy rain last night and rain all day with thunder in the evening.
The Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ is just out outside the Back Yard but no real scent yet.
Most of the ancient lapagerias on the shady north side of the castle wall have died out but one newer one I planted 30 years ago is still looking as good as scruffy lapagerias ever do and now in flower. Propagated by a Kent grower who was a retired doctor this is Lapageria ‘Picotee’.
1996 – FJW
First day of a good soak – have not had one for years at this time.
1961 – FJW
This week started carrying humus from the Rookery. 19 loads taken around the wood. First major feeding operation since the War. I think many old plants dying from starvation rather than disease. Lapagerias out.