24th August

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

I set off to photograph the hoherias but they prove not to be out – except Hoheria glabrata which is, as we know, over.

A few flowers still left on Rhododendron prunifolium which is odd as late as this.

Rhododendron prunifolium
Rhododendron prunifolium
Rhododendron prunifolium
Rhododendron prunifolium
This Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymansay’ was blown over in the 1990 hurricane. We righted the stump and it has regrown as a peculiar multi-stemmed tree. Flowers just finishing.
Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymansay’
Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymansay’
Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymansay’
Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymansay’
Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymansay’
Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymansay’
A tail end flower on Catalpa x erubescens ‘Purpurea’ with secondary purple new growth appearing as well.
Catalpa x erubescens ‘Purpurea’
Catalpa x erubescens ‘Purpurea’
Catalpa x erubescens ‘Purpurea’
Catalpa x erubescens ‘Purpurea’
Flower buds only, as yet, on Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’. Later than usual to show.
Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’
Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’
A good show of secondary flowers on Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’.
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’
Seed forming in profusion on Styrax serrulatus.
Styrax serrulatus
Styrax serrulatus

2016 – CHW
The first pink and white Cyclamen hederifolium are out on the lawn perhaps a little earlier than usual. Time for another attempt to stop young Tim mowing the leaves, flowers or corns.

Cyclamen hederifolium
Cyclamen hederifolium
Cyclamen hederifolium
Cyclamen hederifolium
Outside the front door the Zantedeschia aetheopica is finally setting seed and flopping over nine months (yes nine!) after I first pictured it here in flower in the winter. Is this a record?
Zantedeschia aetheopica
Zantedeschia aetheopica
Zantedeschia aetheopica
Zantedeschia aetheopica
2015 – CHW
Certain rhododendrons produce a small secondary flowering in the autumn. Here Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth’ has a try.
Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth’
Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth’
Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth’
Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth’

Hydrangea aspera villosa, 25 years old and already partly dead, is putting on one (probably) last display.

Hydrangea aspera villosa
Hydrangea aspera villosa

While we have been away the Eucryphia lucida x cordifolias have come to their best. The flower on this plant is tremendous but the leaf form is nowhere near nymansensis ‘Nymansay’; the best of the crosses between these two species. We have several similar plants dotted about which predate my planting sprees. What else puts on such a show in late August ?

Eucryphia lucida x cordifolia
Eucryphia lucida x cordifolia

2005 – FJW
Rain after 3 weeks of dry weather.

1973 – FJW
All corn in – 80 acres corn (20 less than 1972) but total grain more.

1915 – JCW
Myrtles on the wane. decorums are very good. R auriculatum (quarry) is over, R auriculatum (Auklandii Garden) plant not yet open. Hybrid Gladiolus are nice. No other shrubs of any value.

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