27th July

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2017 – CHW

First trip to Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

Rudbeckia maxima full out and rather better than in the nursery seen earlier.

Rudbeckia maxima
Rudbeckia maxima
Pistacia lentiscus showing new growth and last year’s seed heads.
Pistacia lentiscus
Pistacia lentiscus
Pistacia lentiscus
Pistacia lentiscus
Pistacia lentiscus
Pistacia lentiscus
This Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’ grows over a trellis. It is absolutely enormous.
This Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’
This Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’
This Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’
This Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’
Clerodendron bungei suckering up here and there as a shrub.
Clerodendron bungei
Clerodendron bungei
Clerodendron bungei
Clerodendron bungei
Clerodendron bungei
Clerodendron bungei
An amazing display of agapanthus.

agapanthus
agapanthus
A huge clump of Crinum powellii in full sun showing the usual slug damage and looking slightly scruffy. The flowers are never quite all out together.
Crinum powellii
Crinum powellii
Crinum powellii
Crinum powellii
Crinum powellii
Crinum powellii
Crassula coccinea full out. Rather better than the species which we stock.
Crassula coccinea
Crassula coccinea
Crassula coccinea
Crassula coccinea
Puya chilensis flower stalks. We have missed them and the seeds are setting. Note the size the plants have to be to generate a flower stalk. The seeds we pinched here last year have germinated well.
Puya chilensis
Puya chilensis
Puya chilensis
Puya chilensis
Puya chilensis
Puya chilensis
Colletia hystrix growing as large as I have ever seen it.
Colletia hystrix
Colletia hystrix
Colletia hystrix
Colletia hystrix
Peumus boldus as a large evergreen tree with flower panicles coming.
Peumus boldus
Peumus boldus
Peumus boldus
Peumus boldus
Peumus boldus
Peumus boldus
A 12ft tall Phormium tenax with a 20ft tall flower stalk. Only in Ventnor!
Phormium tenax
Phormium tenax
Phormium tenax
Phormium tenax
Phormium tenax
Phormium tenax
Odd tassels of seed heads on Sophora ?microphylla or similar.
Sophora ?microphylla
Sophora ?microphylla
Sophora ?microphylla
Sophora ?microphylla

2016 – CHW
Off today to Springwood Nurseries which sits alongside Springwood funeral parlour and cemetery. Not much life in the nursery either but at least it actually grows something – mainly summer bedding and veg plants. Cyclamen for Christmas just potted with the winter pansies. The very elderly owner will not have far to travel!Then to the absurdly named Jubilee Nurseries which was even more funerial. Most plants were windblown and unsaleable like ours in the summer in the old days before Andrew took over. Most looked even worse than they were last year but, even amongst a pile of crap like this, there were a few photos to take. I was the only ‘customer’ for half an hour but none of the three staff made any verbal contact. Walking dead indeed. Doubt they will be there next year like the Seaview flamingo etc park which has closed up. We miss hearing the geese and peacocks.A few more new plant offerings to consider for 2017:Helenium ‘Red Army’ – a bit taller growing than our Helenium ‘Ruby Tuesday’ but one red helenium is probably enough.
Helenium ‘Red Army’
Helenium ‘Red Army’
Helenium ‘Red Army’
Helenium ‘Red Army’

Red Admiral butterflies on buddleia flowers but the little buggers kept shutting their wings.

Red Admiral butterflies
Red Admiral butterflies
Red Admiral butterflies
Red Admiral butterflies
One always forgets how wonderful hollyhocks (alcea) can be but never in wetter parts of the country where, unless in a very dry spot on the coast, they always get rust and slug damage. Here, in Townsend GC, some very nice double ones and performing even in pots.
hollyhocks (alcea)
hollyhocks (alcea)
hollyhocks (alcea)
hollyhocks (alcea)
hollyhocks (alcea)
hollyhocks (alcea)
Liriope muscari ‘Money Maker’ was especially floriferous and full out. Seemed taller growing than usual?
Salvia patens was once in the catalogue and we sold seed of it at Chelsea. Well worth returning to the list I think.
Salvia patens
Salvia patens
Seeing bulrushes reminded me to remember to get them sprayed on the pond at home before they form a major clump.
bulrushes
bulrushes
Sanquisorba officinale has smaller flowers and is more dwarf than our Sanquisorba menziesii. Quite nice but do we need two sorts and does this sell? Need to check.
Sanquisorba officinale
Sanquisorba officinale
Sanquisorba officinale
Sanquisorba officinale
A new abelia; Abelia ‘Sunshine Daydream’ with pink buds, white flowers and an odd foliage colour combination. Strong growing shrub by the look of it but do we need another Abelia x grandiflora or is this one better than the ones we list?
Abelia ‘Sunshine Daydream’
Abelia ‘Sunshine Daydream’
Abelia ‘Sunshine Daydream’
Abelia ‘Sunshine Daydream’
Hebe ‘Rosie’ looking nice here. Once sold well. Time for a comeback or is it still patented?
Hebe ‘Rosie’
Hebe ‘Rosie’
Hebe ‘Rosie’
Hebe ‘Rosie’
While I always think stocking hebes is a huge risk with botrytis etc and while we have traditionally ‘skipped’ more than we have sold this dwarf one with blue flowers, Hebe ‘Margaret’, looks good here today.

2015 – CHW
Rain overnight and looking bad first thing but I managed a few newish hydrangeas at the Green Gate where the ponticum was cleared a few years ago. A good new Magnolia x veitchii and a ‘Sweet Merlot’ have taken hold.

Row of HYDRANGEAS
Row of HYDRANGEAS

The absurdly named Hydrangea ‘Love you Kiss’ was an early forerunner of a swathe of ‘new’ picotee edged hydrangeas which have saturated Hampton Court show for several years now. They all have silly names but this one is quite nice although the early picotee edge has faded here.

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 good clump of Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’ blue too but the ‘Fireworks’ pink are flowering blue too. The older hydrangeas below the new planting were cut down in the spring and are reshooting well but this area has always grown superb blue hydrangeas and must be highly acidic. Interestingly the 2013 planting of the red Hydrangea ‘Heinrich Siedel’ have died.
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’ blue
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’ blue
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’ blue
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’ blue
Proved indeed by the superb colour of the lacecap Hydrangea Taube at the top of the bank.
Hydrangea Taube
Hydrangea Taube
Hydrangea Taube
Hydrangea Taube
Hydrangea Taube
Hydrangea Taube
Below it a good blue mophead in the form of Hydrangea Enziandom. A very different blue.
Hydrangea Enziandom
Hydrangea Enziandom
Hydrangea Enziandom
Hydrangea Enziandom
Hydrangea Enziandom
Hydrangea Enziandom
Hydrangea Enziandom
Hydrangea Enziandom
Hydrangea Madame E Mouillere is perhaps the best known white lacecap. These plants are at least 70 years old and have been frequently reinvigorated by being cut to the ground every 15 to 20 years or so.
Hydrangea Madame E Mouillere
Hydrangea Madame E Mouillere
Hydrangea Madame E Mouillere
Hydrangea Madame E Mouillere
Hydrangea Madame E Mouillere
Hydrangea Madame E Mouillere

1989 – FJW
The garden is suffering from drought as badly as I have seen it. It is becoming very serious. Rhodo’s worst off.

1918 – JCW
Buddleias fair, Romneyas too. also R ungernii. Daff moving in arrears from want of labour and too much rain. Plagianthus are just over.

1916 – JCW
Buddleias goodish. Romneya at its best. Plagianthus at its best. R ungernii fair. Daffs big and small are about sorted out.

1914 – JCW
Buddleias going over.

1898 – JCW
There have been a few lapagerias opening.

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