22nd July

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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

Off to the Isle of Wight.

Clethra delavayi is full out on Bond Street. A similar sized plant died of old age this spring by Lower Quarry Nursery after overflowering and overseeding copiously. 8-9ft tall and 6ft spread.

Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi
Clethra monostachya is flowering nearby in Bond Street below the dump for the first time I have seen it anyway. Very attractive flower and yet another genus to brighten up the woodland garden in July. 10ft tall and similar spread. Growing in shade here.
Clethra monostachya
Clethra monostachya
Clethra monostachya
Clethra monostachya
Clethra monostachya
Clethra monostachya
This is an elderly but nearly dead clethra (once one of three) which I believe was once a Kingdon-Ward introduction. Not out yet and neither are the other three species yet on checking.
nearly dead clethra
nearly dead clethra
nearly dead clethra
nearly dead clethra

2016 – CHW
A slow, hot five hour trip to the Portsmouth ferry. The UK Admiral’s Cup challenge (Land Rover sponsored) team are based in a brand new building beside the ferry terminal which was visited today by The Duke of Edinburgh. The five challenger yachts (if you can call them that) were having a practice race as we passed by with thousands of spectators in every conceivable sort of vessel. Apparently Ben Ainslie’s team won two races and were third in another two. Qualifying proper on Saturday and Sunday with the finals, if we qualify, next year in the Caribbean. Many millions of income for Portsmouth.

2015 – CHW
The hydrangeas on the drive by the Hovel are becoming a great summer spectacle just as I had planned. From the Hovel going upwards:Hydrangea ‘Ayesha’ – which exhibits pink and blue inflorescences on the same plant

Hydrangea ‘Ayesha’
Hydrangea ‘Ayesha’
Hydrangea ‘Ayesha’
Hydrangea ‘Ayesha’
Hydrangea ‘Ayesha’
Hydrangea ‘Ayesha’
Hydrangea ‘St Clare’ – with its blue and white picotee edging
Hydrangea ‘St Clare’
Hydrangea ‘St Clare’
Hydrangea ‘St Clare’
Hydrangea ‘St Clare’

Hydrangea ‘Taube’ – easily the best blue lacecap

HYDRANGEA 'Taube'
HYDRANGEA ‘Taube’
HYDRANGEA 'Taube'
HYDRANGEA ‘Taube’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks blue’ – very floriferous and vigorous grower
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks blue'
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks blue’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks blue'
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks blue’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks pink’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks pink’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks pink’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks pink’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks pink’
Hydrangea ‘Hobelia’ – starts as a pink lacecap and fades to green and white. Tall growing.
Hydrangea ‘Hobelia’
Hydrangea ‘Hobelia’
Hydrangea ‘Hobelia’
Hydrangea ‘Hobelia’
Hydrangea ‘Hobelia’
Hydrangea ‘Hobelia’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’ – white but it only shows the flashes of red and orange later
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks white'
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’ –  white
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks white'
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’ – white
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks white'
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’ –  white
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’ – the best white lacecap in shade
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’
Hydrangea ‘Libelle’
Lots more to come out still so more work needed to check the planting plans.

1987 – FJW
Harvest started – 18 degrees moisture – weather improving.

1934 – JCW
Much as in 1906 and 1907 a long very hot dry spell.

1925 – JCW
Daff seed has been gathered for some time, the Romneya, Buddleia, Plagianthus and D Ivey Escallonia are the best things for the show at Tregony.

1907 – JCW
L giganteum over. R brunonis at its best. All seed picked.

1906 – JCW
Buddleia variabilis is in flower. Have put out our two year old daffs. Sweet peas only fair. One or two late Lapagerias are open.

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