17th July

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2019 – CHW

A final trip to Ventnor Botanic’s where, as usual, I find several new things.

One only ever looks at teasels when the flowers and stems are all dead beside motorways and the goldfinches come to enjoy the seeds. This is Dispacus fullonum which is a prickly biennial teasel with a very attractive flower.

Dispacus fullonum
Dispacus fullonum
Dispacus fullonum
Dispacus fullonum
I am not sure if this is Ballota acetabulosa? The flowers have purple-mauve veining. Here it is growing through and over a Grevillea. Flowers and seed heads rather better than Ballota pseudodictamnus I think but fear it is not hardy?
Ballota acetabulosa
Ballota acetabulosa
Ballota acetabulosa
Ballota acetabulosa
Ballota acetabulosa
Ballota acetabulosa
Ballota acetabulosa
Ballota acetabulosa
This is the seed of Bencomia caudata which has a leaf a bit like a Melianthus.
Bencomia caudata
Bencomia caudata
Bencomia caudata
Bencomia caudata
The first walnuts I have ever seen forming on a huge Juglans ailantifolia which is of Japanese origin.
Juglans ailantifolia
Juglans ailantifolia
Juglans ailantifolia
Juglans ailantifolia
Flowers on Diospyros cathayensis.
Diospyros cathayensis
Diospyros cathayensis
Diospyros cathayensis
Diospyros cathayensis
A huge Zelkova serrata has more readily identifiable leaves in the shade. In full sun, and where seed is forming, they are a different shape.
Zelkova serrata
Zelkova serrata
Zelkova serrata
Zelkova serrata
Zelkova serrata
Zelkova serrata
Zelkova serrata
Zelkova serrata
I think this may be a Myrsine species but am far from certain – no label visible.
Myrsine species
Myrsine species
Myrsine species
Myrsine species
Halorgis erecta has small yellow flowers all up its branches and on up into the twigs as well. A multi stemmed small evergreen tree which I had never seen before.
Halorgis erecta
Halorgis erecta
Halorgis erecta
Halorgis erecta
Halorgis erecta
Halorgis erecta
Halorgis erecta
Halorgis erecta
Halorgis erecta
Halorgis erecta

2018 – CHW
A visit to an Honnor & Jeffrey garden centre at Dalverton. There are in fact three garden centres only a mile or so apart near Arreton.Passiflora caerulea ‘Snow Queen’ rather better than the more common Passiflora ‘Constance Elliot’.

Passiflora caerulea ‘Snow Queen’
Passiflora caerulea ‘Snow Queen’
Passiflora caerulea ‘Snow Queen’
Passiflora caerulea ‘Snow Queen’
We stock three varieties of ‘Inca’ alstroemerias but not these three:

‘Inca Safari’

‘Inca Safari’
‘Inca Safari’
‘Inca Safari’
‘Inca Safari’

‘Inca Bandit’

‘Inca Bandit’
‘Inca Bandit’
‘Inca Bandit’
‘Inca Bandit’

‘Inca Battle’

‘Inca Battle’
‘Inca Battle’
‘Inca Battle’
‘Inca Battle’
Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’ may have lovely foliage and contrasting flowers but, when the flowers are full out, they are particularly fine.
Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’
Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’
Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’
Euphorbia x martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’
Allium senescens is a new species to me. A very decent late flowering pot full here.
Allium senescens
Allium senescens
Allium senescens
Allium senescens

2017 – CHW
Another trip to the greenhouses to see what is new there.Schefflera rhododendrifolia – this plant is now ready for planting out. A Crug collection from Taiwan which looks a bit different to the young plants in the nursery but matches up with the Hillier’s description. Attractive new growth and scales on the stem but not as distinct from other species as I had hoped from the young plants. Seems a bit like Schefflera taiwaniana. This is the only main species of schefflera not yet or already out in the garden and growing on nicely.
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Seed forming on young plants of Camellia forrestii which is exciting. Huge seeds in comparison to the leaf size.
Camellia forrestii
Camellia forrestii
This is Hydrangea aspera ‘Kawakamii’ x Hydrangea involucrata just coming out. Nothing startling as yet.
Hydrangea aspera ‘Kawakamii’ x Hydrangea involucrata
Hydrangea aspera ‘Kawakamii’ x Hydrangea involucrata
Hydrangea aspera ‘Kawakamii’ x Hydrangea involucrata
Hydrangea aspera ‘Kawakamii’ x Hydrangea involucrata
The agapanthus are just out – a wonderful plant.
agapanthus
agapanthus
agapanthus
agapanthus
agapanthus
agapanthus
agapanthus
agapanthus
You can just see the tree surgeon dismembering a huge turkey oak in the new clearing.
tree surgeon
tree surgeon

2016 – CHW
The newer planted hydrangeas above the Green Gate are really starting to make a proper show.Hydrangea ‘Hobella’ is just out with a nice hint of pink in this semi shaded spot.
Hydrangea ‘Hobella’
Hydrangea ‘Hobella’
Hydrangea ‘Love you Kiss’ with its black stems is also just out. A clump of five planted in only 2013 and already four to five feet tall with a similar spread. Although taller growing the colour mix is very similar to Hydrangea serrata ‘Kiyosume’ as I have argued before.
Hydrangea ‘Love you Kiss’
Hydrangea ‘Love you Kiss’
Hydrangea ‘Love you Kiss’
Hydrangea ‘Love you Kiss’
Hydrangea ‘Love you Kiss’
Hydrangea ‘Love you Kiss’
A much older clump of Hydrangea ‘Libelle’ are doing well having again been cut right back a year or two ago. Still the best white lacecap hydrangea.
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’
I am not sure if we have a close up of the plaque in situ in the granite bolder but I need one for the new catalogue proof anyway.
close up of the plaque
close up of the plaque
I photographed Hydrangea ‘Geoffrey Chadbund’ here with a flower on in January! Here it is coming into flower again just behind the plaque.
Hydrangea ‘Geoffrey Chadbund’
Hydrangea ‘Geoffrey Chadbund’
Tropaelum cilitum has been out for a while but this is the first time it has flowered below ten feet up the castle wall.
Tropaelum cilitum
Tropaelum cilitum
Tropaelum cilitum
Tropaelum cilitum

2015 – CHW

Clethra delavayi about to open above the main quarry.

Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi

Eucryphia milliganii full out with its dainty small white cup flowers. It looks dwarfish but achieved 20 feet at Burncoose in as many years.

Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii

Rhododendron pseudochrysanthum new growth takes quite some beating.

Rhododendron pseudochrysanthum
Rhododendron pseudochrysanthum
Rhododendron pseudochrysanthum
Rhododendron pseudochrysanthum

1975 – FJW
1st part of Delia’s Grand Design [tapestry] unveiled 5’11” x 3’1” – day space men shook hands.

1934 – JCW
Fuschias goodish. Romneya never so good. Mag delavayi very full of bud. M parviflora had 1900 pods taken off by Charles. He also took 1700 off another plant.

1933 – JCW
As in 1932

1932 – JCW
M delavayi, M parviflora, M nicholsoniana and M hypoleuca are showing bloom. Fuchsia are coming on well but ought to be much bigger to do their best. Eriogynum is very good. L giganteum is very nice indeed and so the galax.

1930 – JCW
Mag delavayi is good, some Parviflora flowers left. Styrax Langlongense is good. Plagianthus good. Romneya and American Pillars good. Lonicera macrophylla has been remarkable.

1927 – JCW
The Romneya is very good and the [rose] American Pillars. Plagianthus lyalii is nice. We still have blooms of Griersonianum. Eriogynum is over.

1916 -JCW
Plagianthus and Buddleia are starting, also the Romneya and Lonicera macrophylla is very good indeed.

1915 – JCW
About a week later for the buddleia. Plagianthus lyalii is the best shrub now.

1912 – JCW
Both buddleias are open and quite nice.

1909 – JCW
Returned from Scotland, R brunonis very fine. Mitraria nice. No cyclamen. No buddleia’s. R decorum flower buds not moving yet. R cinnabarinum good and shaping.

1897 – JCW
Anemone japonica open.

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