9th 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

2020 – CHW

Another flower on the rather different Magnolia delavayi (we think) from Clive Shitton. Our older and mature plants certainly do not have the three outer tepals which droop down like this.

Magnolia delavayi
Magnolia delavayi
Eucryphia x lucida flowering late in deep shade and shelter. The one by the greenhouse in full sun was over three weeks ago as you would expect and I had to check that the leaves were not, in part, trifoliate which would have made this a Eucryphia x intermedia variety.
Eucryphia x lucida
Eucryphia x lucida
Eucryphia x lucida
Eucryphia x lucida
Yet another large clump of 30 to 40 year old Rhododendron decorum. The bark gives it away here and is nothing like that of Rhododendron auriculatum. Lizzie and I smelt the scent 50 yards away today and tracked it down.
Rhododendron decorum
Rhododendron decorum
Good to see that the very recent grass cutting has avoided the regrowth on this nice clump of Aquilegia.
aquilegia
aquilegia
Another two (different) plants of Rhododendron excellans; one with purplish new growth and one without.
Rhododendron excellans
Rhododendron excellans
Rhododendron excellans
Rhododendron excellans
Just a few developing seed heads on Rhododendron excellans to cut off on one of the three plants planted in 2015 and doing well.
seed heads
seed heads
Every garden visit finds something completely and gorgeously new! This Mahonia species was a gift from Harvey Stephens, then running the Savill Garden. It clearly had no label on arrival but I guess it is Mahonia gracilipes but I see that Windsor have produced a few named hybrids between M. gracilipes and Mahonia eurybracteata so this may be a named form of what are now christened as Mahonia x savilliana in the latest Hillier’s. However M. gracilipes has slender stalked open branched sprays with purple-red outer petals and creamy white inner petals as here AND it flowers in summer which very few Mahonia species do. Then again M. gracilipes in the nursery has never flowered quite like this in pots but this is now a 4-5ft bush! Need to look at the leaves more closely to be certain I have this right.
Mahonia gracilipes
Mahonia gracilipes
Mahonia gracilipes
Mahonia gracilipes
Mahonia gracilipes
Mahonia gracilipes
Magnolia rostrata has not produced any seed heads this year unlike last. The veined leaves are as impressive as ever.
Magnolia rostrata
Magnolia rostrata

2019 – CHW
To the greenhouses to do some videos with Karol and Asia.Salvia confertiflora in flower here for the first time beside the main greenhouse. This is a woody perennial which is frost tender. Very beautiful and striking.

Salvia confertiflora
Salvia confertiflora
Salvia confertiflora
Salvia confertiflora
Salvia confertiflora
Salvia confertiflora
Melianthus villosus setting seed. This was grown from seed from Ventnor Botanic Garden. Not as tall growing as Melianthus major but very attractive in flower which I missed here. We must propagate the seeds of this rare South African species and get it into the catalogue.
Melianthus villosus
Melianthus villosus
Melianthus villosus
Melianthus villosus
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’ in full flower.
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’
One of the Rubus bought in from the Plant Heritage Rubus stand has gone rampant after repotting. Rubus treutleri has alternate leaves and one stem has grown 6ft in six weeks.
Rubus treutleri
Rubus treutleri

2018 – CHW
One of the two large Fuchsia exorticatica has died in the drought outside the front door. The survivor has a good crop of juicy black fruits.
Fuchsia exorticatica
Fuchsia exorticatica
Fuchsia exorticatica
Fuchsia exorticatica
The Mexican dahlia species which flowered eventually last December had seemed dead but has suddenly reshot from the base.
Mexican dahlia species
Mexican dahlia species
As we feared many clumps of agapanthus were nearly killed in the frost. A few survivors struggle within the clumps and very few flowers this year which are rather paler than usual.
agapanthus
agapanthus
agapanthus
agapanthus
A hint of rain and the moles have reactivated their hunt for worms nearer the surface of the lawn.
moles have reactivated their hunt
moles have reactivated their hunt

2017 – CHW
The ancient Pittosporum tenuifolium in our Seaview garden.
Pittosporum tenuifolium
Pittosporum tenuifolium
Pittosporum tenuifolium
Pittosporum tenuifolium
Pittosporum tenuifolium
Pittosporum tenuifolium
A fat fruit forming on Passiflora caerulea. It will soon go yellow.
Passiflora caerulea
Passiflora caerulea

2016 – CHW
No entry.
2015 – CHW
No entry.

1994 – FJW
Very heavy rain.

1979 – FJW
David John Williams took first wicket for Gorran – he also caught (1) and scored (0).

1964 – FJW
Mr and Mrs Tom Michael in church.

1949 – CW
Eucryphia pinnatifolia over. Nymansii v good. Several bits of mountain Rhododendrons – a good deal of rain. Magnolia delavayi still many flowers, also both forms of Grandiflora.

1939 – JCW
Eucryphia pinnatifolia 2 days short of best – Billardieri still good in places and been out since June – Rho Didymum still nice. Auriculatum hybrids going over but some still at their best. Very dry early June and May – since then lots of rain and all July growth good.