2nd July

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
CH Williams Profile Picture
CHW 2015-
JC Williams Profile Picture
JCW 1897-1939
C Williams Profile Picture
CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

200 entrants in the Mad Hatters triathlon. Swimming, bicycling and running all over. Not a peaceful Sunday. Karol took a few pictures and here is a sample of what went on.

Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
Mad Hatters triathlon
I discover a rhododendron labelled Rhododendron ‘Dragonfly’ which is a new name to me growing just beside where the original Rhododendron ‘Rebecca’ has just died out. I cannot find it in the obvious reference books but it bears more than a passing resemblance to Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’. Nearly over sadly.
Rhododendron ‘Dragonfly’
Rhododendron ‘Dragonfly’
I have also almost missed Chionanthus virginicus which has nearly finished flowering. Not much flower this year.
Chionanthus virginicus
Chionanthus virginicus
Chionanthus virginicus
Chionanthus virginicus
The new growth on Quercus cleistocarpa has always been ‘droopy’ but I have never noticed its initial coppery colouring before which is quite strangely attractive. Inflorescences are also to be seen abundantly even on lower branches of this huge tree. We have only very occasionally found any acorns though.
Quercus cleistocarpa
Quercus cleistocarpa
Quercus cleistocarpa
Quercus cleistocarpa
Quercus cleistocarpa
Quercus cleistocarpa
Quercus cleistocarpa
Quercus cleistocarpa
The trunk on Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’ seems to be dead but we have several suckers growing well away from the old stem and a cluster of new shoots near the base.
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Eucryphia lucida is full out above the Auklandii Garden in full sun. Eucryphia milliganii is in bud and Eucryphia ‘Pink Cloud’ out as we saw last week. Eucryphias can flower over a range of weeks in July to September and they are not always consistent year on year.
Eucryphia lucida
Eucryphia lucida
Eucryphia lucida
Eucryphia lucida
2016 – CHW
The debate rages over the new Chinese laser labelling machine (£1,500) which Karol has located to make new labels for the whole garden (eventually). The question of what size and colour the labels will be and at what cost is a difficult one. Also what information to actually put on the label itself. We are not a botanic garden so do not need accession numbers for everything and cannot afford the time and effort to compete with Windsor who have a man on this full time. The planting date and full name spelt correctly may have to suffice but a meeting with all the participants is needed to agree how we sort this all out next week. It could be a lengthy but gigantic leap forward and might even help John Williams get to know his plant names rather better and more quickly in the future. Certainly it would help with everything new which we plant
out.

Chinese laser labelling machine
Chinese laser labelling machine
labels
labels

2015 – CHW

Our Seaview garden is a total dump but fortunately the former barman at the yacht club has cut down the worst of the jungle. The only half decent thing is a huge Hypericum Hidcote in full flower.

Hypericum Hidcote
Hypericum Hidcote
Hypericum Hidcote
Hypericum Hidcote

1964 – FJW
Styrax japonicus the best out now. Eriogynums nearly over. Hogweed of 8ft picked. Cinnabarinum hybrids near greenhouse good.

1931 – JCW
Harrow hybrids are remarkable, great big tree shrubs and really refined pinks in many colours. Magnolia parviflora has given and is giving in three cases a lot of flowers.
My own seedling hypoleuca is about the best flower I have seen of the old magnolia.

1930 – JCW
Much as in 1915.

1915 – JCW
Rose nia R brunonis only starting. Wilson’s Fortunei wane and so A ‘Mikado’. Escallonia pteroclada coming on. Escallonia langleyense good. Mitraria fair. R moyesii goes back.

1901 – JCW
Returned after a months absence much as on the other side, only later, a fair lot of roses open, Anna Alexis an easy first, but they are old plants, Abelia floribunda very good. Several daffs not dead yet. No Nigra’s [bamboo] over 3 feet high.

1900 – JCW
Romneya coutleri just opening, everything later than on the other side.

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