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.
Diascia personata – nice enough in a clump.
Viburnum opalus ‘Compactum’ with a good show of berries.
Pennistetum alop. ‘Red Head’ grows to 2½-3ft. You have to look closely for the ‘red’ but good as a clump.
A new grass to me Elymus arenarius with canes of light blue-grey leaves.
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Ghosa’ was not bad either.
Agapanthus ‘Graskop’ out long after all the others.
Kniphofia ‘Nancys Red’ flowering well in small pots.
Parahebe ‘Snow Clouds’ – well worth a look for our catalogue. Dense habit and loads of flower.
A view of the nursery entrance. All very modern and tidy!
I buy a euphorbia to keep the peace. The owners are clearly wondering what I am doing or inspecting but I do not enlighten them or it would make it worse!
2016 – CHW
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.
This is listed on the plan as Magnolia ‘Spectrum’. Although the plant is a late flowerer with narrow upright flowers in April the colour is pink and nowhere near dark enough to be correctly named. This is the first time I have seen it doing this.
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.
36 acres of the winter corn at Rosevallon cut and the straw bailed up before it came into rain. Arthur’s attempts to install solar panels to provide him with free (daytime) electricity have fallen at the first hurdle. Despite the salesman’s bullshit the installer wanted £3.5k extra to cable it from a farm shed back to his, rather than the £7k quoted. If it is ‘too good to be true’ it generally is!
1964 – FJW
Garden has fallen as television bait.
1911 – JCW
Buddleias passing, cyclamen very good, hydrangeas good, roses good, go north in 2 days.
1909 – JCW
Buddleias at their best, cyclamen one or two, most other things over. Romneya good.