A day to review the real impact of the drought both on this year’s and more recent new planting. A rare dead ilex species planted last December in partial shade.
Beside it a dead camellia planted in March. The two other camellias behind it have more shade and have survived.
Styrax japonicus ‘Evening Light’ looking great in full sunlight!
Magnolia sieboldii covered in seed heads but most leaves browned off and fallen. Will it survive? Fifty-fifty.
A series of five nearly dead big and small leaved rhododendrons. Not full sun this time but a very dry spot under mature Pinus insignis. Doubt any will be alive next spring.
In full shade another good Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’. I smelt it long before I saw the flowers.
2017 – CHW
Again to Eddington’s Nursery.
Crocosmia ‘Zeal Tan’ a medium growing red. Nothing special but a better sized red for some gardens.
Little in flower in the garden and Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ nearly over by Georges Hut.Quite a surprise above Hovel Cart Road with a magnolia showing a copious second flowering.
2015 – CHW
The two large Eucryphia cardifolia beyond the playhouse are still not even faintly out but the Eucryphia glutinosa is. A very bad picture as I cannot get near to it. The plant grows in and old brick lined frame above the Rockery and was never planted out. Now surrounded by wisteria and mahonia. This is a deciduous species which is quite rare, very slow growing and with lovely mottled grey bark. At Burncoose by the pond there is an even rarer double flowered form which would be the one to propagate.