2017 – CHW
First trip to Ventnor Botanic Gardens.
Rudbeckia maxima full out and rather better than in the nursery seen earlier.
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.
Red Admiral butterflies on buddleia flowers but the little buggers kept shutting their wings.
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.
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.
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.