28th July

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

More from Ventnor.

Muehlenbeckia complexa completely covering and smothering an Olearia dartonii as you can see.

Muehlenbeckia complexa
Muehlenbeckia complexa
Muehlenbeckia complexa
Muehlenbeckia complexa
Muehlenbeckia complexa
Muehlenbeckia complexa
Hedychium gardnerianum out rather earlier than with us.
Hedychium gardnerianum
Hedychium gardnerianum
Hedychium gardnerianum
Hedychium gardnerianum
Hedychium gardnerianum
Hedychium gardnerianum
Crinum powellii ‘Album’ looking very fine and no slug damage!
Crinum powellii ‘Album’
Crinum powellii ‘Album’
Crinum powellii ‘Album’
Crinum powellii ‘Album’
Crinum powellii ‘Album’
Crinum powellii ‘Album’
Clerodendron trochotomum growing as a small suckering tree and just coming out.
Clerodendron trochotomum
Clerodendron trochotomum
Clerodendron trochotomum
Clerodendron trochotomum
Clerodendron trochotomum
Clerodendron trochotomum
Melianthus major with its odd seed heads ripening after flowering. I have never seen this on our Burncoose stockplant.
Melianthus major
Melianthus major
Melianthus major
Melianthus major
Melianthus major
Melianthus major
Firmania simplex in full flower. Note the huge leaves with five lobes.
Firmania simplex
Firmania simplex
Firmania simplex
Firmania simplex
Firmania simplex
Firmania simplex
Musa basjoo growing as a huge multistemmed clump. Leaves 6-8ft long. Tallest stem perhaps 18-20ft. No flowers in evidence.
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
Musa basjoo
The very rare Mallotus japonicus in full flower and new growth. A male form of this dioecious tree. The ‘food wrapper’ plant.
Mallotus japonicus
Mallotus japonicus
Mallotus japonicus
Mallotus japonicus
Mallotus japonicus
Mallotus japonicus
No idea what this evergreen climber is so need to look it up! Rather extraordinary! Probably an aristolochia?
evergreen climber
evergreen climber
evergreen climber
evergreen climber
evergreen climber
evergreen climber
I could not identify this yellow flowered plant last year but was being thick. It is Caragana brevispina. Here just setting its pea seeds.
Caragana brevispina
Caragana brevispina
Caragana brevispina
Caragana brevispina
Ceratonia siliqua looking very fine in full growth.
Ceratonia siliqua
Ceratonia siliqua
Ceratonia siliqua
Ceratonia siliqua
Ceratonia siliqua
Ceratonia siliqua

2016 – CHW
Ventnor Botanic Garden have acquired a few more plant labels since last year which is good. I have not visited in late July before and much that is new to me is out in the South African garden. Conversely the echiums seem to have taken over far too much, decimating a lovely bank of libertia and looking rather horrid now that they are all over.Several outstanding new plants to think about getting:This (I assume) is a cuphea species in the car park which is attractive.
cuphea species
cuphea species
cuphea species
cuphea species

Swathes of lavender in the herb garden were superb.

Swathes of lavender
Swathes of lavender
Psoralea affinis was entirely spiny heather-like foliage and blue-white pea flowers. Growing here to 8-10ft as a multi stemmed shrub.
Psoralea affinis
Psoralea affinis
Psoralea affinis
Psoralea affinis

Pink watsonia – equally good.

Pink watsonia
Pink watsonia
Anisodontea capensis is not that hardy but an excellent coastal plant in full sun. Should we stock it again?
Anisodontea capensis
Anisodontea capensis

Anisodontea capensis

Watsonia aletroides – a delicate orange-pink.

Watsonia aletroides
Watsonia aletroides
A new plant for our 2017 catalogue here in full flower. This rather odd South African salvia species certainly has an odd flower and remaining bract – Salvia africano-lutea (Beach salvia).
Salvia africano-lutea
Salvia africano-lutea
Salvia africano-lutea
Salvia africano-lutea
Salvia africano-lutea
Salvia africano-lutea

Crassula coccinea with striking red flowers. Much better than our Crassula sarcocaulis.

Crassula coccinea
Crassula coccinea
Banksia ericifolia with its yellow ‘pineapple’ flower – new to me.
Banksia ericifolia
Banksia ericifolia
Banksia ericifolia
Banksia ericifolia

Olearia argophylla (musk wood) – dullish but a new species to me.

Olearia argophylla
Olearia argophylla

Olearia megalophylla (large leaf daisy brush) – ditto.

Olearia megalophylla
Olearia megalophylla

Eucalyptus globulus was setting seed heavily. I think I caught its white flowers last year.

Eucalyptus globulus
Eucalyptus globulus

Melaleuca gibbosa had little tufts of pinkish purple flowers.

Melaleuca gibbosa
Melaleuca gibbosa

Melaleuca hypericifolia was a much more impressive bottlebrush.

Melaleuca hypericifolia
Melaleuca hypericifolia
Abutilon ‘Red Bells’ a larger flower than our Abutilon ‘Ashford Red’ and taller growing. About 10-12ft tall here and free standing in shelter.
Abutilon ‘Red Bells’
Abutilon ‘Red Bells’
Abutilon ‘Red Bells’
Abutilon ‘Red Bells’
Abutilon ‘Red Bells’
Abutilon ‘Red Bells’
2015 – CHW
Went in search of an elusive late/last July camellia flower but nothing found today. Need to look for Camellia mathotiana varieties in full shade to have a chance but it has probably been just too hot in June/July this year. There is a chance if I have time at Burncoose on Thursday below the paddock.
HYDRANGEA sargentiana
HYDRANGEA sargentiana
The old original Hydrangea sargentiana struggles on. A rather insipid flower with few florets at the edge but very large. The slugs have done great work on the leaves after the weekend’s rain despite them being hairy, and you would have thought, unpalatable. Large snails perhaps?
Two more even later flowering plants at the top of the Azalea indica clump in the Auklandii Garden. Surely the last azaleas to show colour this season and, although red, a slightly different red to the ones photographed a month or more ago. Worth propagating just for this purpose?

Escallonia iveyi
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’
Escallonia iveyi
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’
Here is the long promised and frequently cut down Escallonia ‘Iveyi’ named after the daffodil gardener at Caerhays pre 1900. It is a hybrid between a Brazilian species called Escallonia bifida and Escallonia xexoniensis; itself a hybrid raised at Veitch nurseries in Exeter. It got an RHS AGM in 1891! So Mr Ivey may have even made the cross himself pre 1880. I do not see JCW having any interest in crossing escallonia especially in the (pre Chinese) daffodil era. Still perhaps the nicest escallonia I know and a freestanding shrub for the shrub border not even a faintly hedging variety. As it is a Caerhays bred plant I can be biased. Presumably a daffodil gardener was a bit short of work in July!

The five Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ in the old paeony bed have survived the heatwave and grown rather well in their first year of planting. Slug bait is essential to keep the first set of leaves undamaged on newly planted magnolias. Long may they last (as now)!Pheasant poult losses in Brownberry Wood are nearly 2,000 after the weekend’s torrential rain. Replacements impossible as now too late. Good job we did the four extra late hatch offs but we had better go steady on letting any more days and hope no disease hits us on top of the wet/cold disaster with eight week old birds. I fear a wet August after such a dry spring and summer. Thank heavens the rearing field is now only on gas heating after three power cuts on Saturday which would have caused chaos with the electric hens. Not lightening or thunder (apparently) but a transformer on fire somewhere.

2005 – FJW
Damp week – rain persistant – not heavy.

1929 – JCW
Rhodo ungernii, ungernii x auriculatum, decorum x auriculatum, Harrows crop and eriogynum all give flower, ungernii x in particular. ‘The last’ Coombe Wood auriculatum flowers well. American Pillars, Rosa brunonis are the best things with the Romneyas.

1908 – JCW
Buddleias good.

1906 – JCW
A few cyclamen. The R auriculatums have started well.

1903 – JCW
Several cyclamen, a lapageria or two. Roses and sweet peas nice. Bulbs and seeds all finished.

1901 – JCW
Just two cyclamen and one lapageria, some roses good in particular P Gontier, Princep, de Lagan, M Horte etc etc. Go north tomorrow. Lonicera henryi not open yet.

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