2017 – CHW
In Seaview the late July garden is going over.
Phlox ‘White Admiral’ is still looking good.
Jaimie and Michael visited Seaview ten days ago to tidy up the jungle in the garden here. What a great job and careful too to leave in place the pittosporum and bay trees which block out the view of the neighbours from upstairs.A new extension since last year over the garden wall built (of course) by Will Caws.
2015 – CHWHydrangea quercifolia, the US oak leaved hydrangea, has spectacular autumn colour but there are several ‘buts’! They are very short lived in our climate; perhaps only 20 to 30 years before they wither away. Perhaps very susceptible to honey fungus. Secondly they are very shy flowerers unless in full sun. It is arguable that you can get better flowers on a young plant in a large pot than later in the garden itself.
We started with six or seven varieties of Hydrangea quercifolia most of which were planted in 2003. Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Harmony’ failed completely. Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Burgundy’ by the Top Lodge have grown well but have no flower at all in too much shade. Perhaps worth their place for the autumn display which can be excellent. The clump of three by the Rockery planted in 2008 have all died.Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Tennessee Clone’ by the Hovel has one survivor from three planted. It is dwarfish and the flowers are so large and heavy that they lie on the ground. Not widely available in the UK or listed by Hillier’s.
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ above Red Linney has double florets and shows its autumn colour even in summer. A vigorous plant in the nursery at Burnoose it is a bit stunted and slow growing when planted out as you can see. Fifteen years and only three stalks. Two survivors from five planted in 2003.
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snow Queen’ has large florets which should show pink tinges later. More vigorous aged 25 years than ‘Snowflake’ and is said to hold its flower trusses better. However, on Hovel Cart Road, the plants are much larger (four to five feet) but no flowers today as too shady. One plant above the greenhouse flowering properly.
Hydrangea quercifolia (pure) has single and more open flowers than its named clones. Two plants survive of five planted above Red Linney. It normally flowers later in the summer but is in full sun here on a hot dry bank.
1966 – FJW
Earth tremor felt at 3 am.
I leant this book to the Bishop of Truro to do some notes on Father [obituary] and only just back. Michelias during this period flowered well 4 in all – Engine House and bottom of Donkey Shoe. Also by Mr Rogers quarry and all forms. The various white Fortunei hybrid beginning to be good and the Auriculatum x and other pinks are now at their best – fuchsias just beginning to be good.
Just one or two Lapagerias open. Tea roses are good considering that it is their first year. Lilium longiflorum open.