31st July

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Off to Busy Bees fairly awful garden centre in the rain. Crammed with coach loads.

Verbena rigida may be one for Clare to look for when buying new herbaceous plants for next spring. Is it hardy I wonder? Not very tall growing (unlike our Verbena bonariensis) which will appeal to some.

Verbena rigida
Verbena rigida
Verbena rigida
Verbena rigida
Verbena rigida
Verbena rigida
Another gaura which is white. Pretty flowers but Gaura ‘Sparkle White’ is hardly a sensible name!
Gaura ‘Sparkle White’
Gaura ‘Sparkle White’
Gaura ‘Sparkle White’
Gaura ‘Sparkle White’
Gypsophila paniculata ‘Snowflake’ – may be better pictures than we have on the website?
Gypsophila paniculata ‘Snowflake’
Gypsophila paniculata ‘Snowflake’
Gypsophila paniculata ‘Snowflake’
Gypsophila paniculata ‘Snowflake’

Then a few new roses to search for and photograph for next year’s catalogue but I do not find any of them! They stock only Harkness roses which is good as we enjoy their company at Chelsea and their stock here is superb.

‘Happy Anniversary’ may be better pictures than we have?

‘Happy Anniversary’
‘Happy Anniversary’
‘Happy Anniversary’
‘Happy Anniversary’
‘Happy Anniversary’
‘Happy Anniversary’
‘Pride of England’
‘Pride of England’
‘Pride of England’
‘Pride of England’
‘Pride of England’
‘Sunny Sky’ (it was not – quite the reverse opposite Tesco’s today!)
‘Sunny Sky’
‘Sunny Sky’
‘Sunny Sky’
‘Sunny Sky’
‘Cream Abundance’ – sadly no scent in the rain.
‘Cream Abundance’
‘Cream Abundance’
‘Cream Abundance’
‘Cream Abundance’
A very ripe fig on a rather small Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’.
Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’
Ficus ‘Brown Turkey’
Scabiosa are trouble when we send them out in the autumn as they rot off and die. Scabiosa ‘Vivid Violet’ is pleasant enough though if we had to choose a new variety to add.
Scabiosa ‘Vivid Violet’
Scabiosa ‘Vivid Violet’
Scabiosa ‘Vivid Violet’
Scabiosa ‘Vivid Violet’
Lobelia ‘Starship Scarlet’ was selling well under cover and out of the rain. Not much of a march on our Lobelia ‘Queen Victoria’ though.
Lobelia ‘Starship Scarlet’
Lobelia ‘Starship Scarlet’
Lobelia ‘Starship Scarlet’
Lobelia ‘Starship Scarlet’
A few shots of Liatris scariosa ‘Alba’ may be an improvement on what we have online but I doubt it in this weather.
Liatris scariosa ‘Alba’
Liatris scariosa ‘Alba’
Liatris scariosa ‘Alba’
Liatris scariosa ‘Alba’
Helenium ‘Potters Wheel’ grows to 2ft in a pot and is not as gaudy as some. Quite a nice colour in fact! Worth a look as a new addition anyway with or without the busy bumble bee.
Helenium ‘Potters Wheel’
Helenium ‘Potters Wheel’
Helenium ‘Potters Wheel’
Helenium ‘Potters Wheel’
Helenium ‘Potters Wheel’
Helenium ‘Potters Wheel’
Thunbergia ‘African Sunset’ with a tail end flower or two and seed pods forming. Basically unsaleable. Thunbergias are not for us. Annuals mainly and too tender.
Thunbergia ‘African Sunset’
Thunbergia ‘African Sunset’
Thunbergia ‘African Sunset’
Thunbergia ‘African Sunset’
Bloody hell – helleborus with flowers on sale in July. Christmas rose my arse!
helleborus with flowers
helleborus with flowers
Bored with Busy Bees GC! Fruit trees are still the same ones from two years ago and have not enjoyed the wait outside in the wind. Not much of interest but there are several worse efforts to enjoy on our next trip to GCs of which there are several more to go.

2016 – CHW
Scraping the barrel today at ‘Butterfly World’ near Wooton. They had a power cut so entrance half price at £4.00, the tearooms shut and the fountain display (bigger than the butterfly bit) rather dull.The butterfly bit was ‘hot’ so photos will be steamed up. A variety of foreign butterflies being fed on oranges and grapes as well as the expected buddleia, hibiscus and lantana.
The butterfly bit
The butterfly bit
The butterfly bit
The butterfly bit
The butterfly bit
The butterfly bit
The butterfly bit
The butterfly bit

Note the quails!

Note the quails!
Note the quails!
Then into the ghastly attached garden centre with the worst plants I have seen for ages on display. Shockingly unloved and ignored. Labelling abysmal.
Amid the mess the only thing which was quite nice was Escallonia ‘Pink Elle’ although similar to Escallonia ‘Peach Blossom’ and Escallonia ‘Apple Blossom’.

2015 – CHW
A bit of research into meliosma reveals the bloody botanists have struck again and changed all the names:

Meliosma beaniana – now Meliosma alba (we have record tree)

Meliosma oldhamii – now Meliosma pinnata subsp arnottiana (absurd – what did Mr Arnott have against Mr Oldham?)

Meliosma pungens – now simplicifolia var pungens (we have an elderly original)

Meliosma cuneifolia – now Meliosma dilleniifolia subsp cuneifolia

Meliosma flexuosa – now Meliosma dilleniifolia subsp flexuosa

Meliosma tenuis – now Meliosma dilleniifolia subsp tenuis

New Trees (effectively the ninth reference volume of Bean) implies that Meliosma pungens is a new introduction. Patent bollocks as my article on oaks and lithocarpus clearly shows. Collectors showing off and renaming things (after themselves probably) without realising what happened 100 years ago.

Today only Meliosma dilleniifolia subsp cuneifolia (what a mouthful!) is out here and, although Burncoose stocks tenuis and flexuosa, I cannot locate where they are here so presumably they died soon after planting.

Cuneifolia has very distinct leaves with serrations and a broad bushy spreading habit. It has loads of flower clusters or trusses but the flowers are tiny and come out, then drop very quickly so it is hard to tell what has or has not come out. Still, not much else flowering now – eucryphias are late this year compared to last. An easy to grow but quite specialist plant. Underrated by gardeners but needs room to spread out.

2001 – FJW
Two great landmarks removed today – the stump of Sprengeri Diva and the last of Barbatum corner. A fairly dry summer without excessive heat for long (to date) but it had rained from Sept – May 1st almost non-stop.

1999 – FJW
A hot dry fortnight. Everything well out.

1981 – FJW
Granny’s 70th birthday – the rain came after a very long HOT spell. Winter corn good, spring poor in comparison.

1931 – JCW
American Pillars over. Schizophragma on the Laundry wall is most remarkable. Some fuchsias are nice but they are [?] and very small. One rhodo repens has blooms on it. Plagianthus in New Planting is very good. Magnolias delavayi, parviflora and grandiflora all have flowers. Delavayi a good many but some also on hypoleuca.(Handwritten note attached to Garden Book page)

Cuttings for 1931:
Kurumes 19720 twenty of each
Fedora drive twenty of

Plants to go out:
1 of Acer rufinerve in frame
2 of Mag globosa
1 of Acer wardii
4 of Michelia nitida
Several Enkianthus roseflorus

1906 – JCW
Very little but roses open and the Romneya.

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