2018 – CHW
A trip around Bonython garden after rather too good a lunch!
Stipa gigantea inside a water feature. Most effective in this South African themed garden which really works well.
A happy day with Paul from Roundabarrow nurseries who are going to graft some odd things for us and try to grow a few of the small trees from cuttings which are easyish to root now but very hard to overwinter. Sadly we are a month too late for the enkianthus cuttings which are too hard.
Paul was staggered by Schefflera macrophylla and its amazing orange indumentum on the new growth. No cuttings here sadly unless we cut gashes in the stem by the leaf nodes to encourage side shoots. Much too precious for that!
Hydrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’ is full out well before the nearby lacecaps and mopheads. Dwarf growing but pretty with blue florets turning pinker later. One of the better and more floriferous serrata forms.Rubus lineatus is growing into an attractive shrub with nice bark developing. This ought to be more widely grown and propagated but I see no raspberries yet or even flowers. The new growth curling over itself is attractive.
2015 – CHW
Next door is a rather fine plant of Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ which Burncoose supplied. The garden had a makeover some 10 years ago when it got trashed during construction of a swimming pool over the boundary.
Despite the heat the village is pleasantly free of ‘yachties’!
1928 – JCW
The best pink discolor is good , the greater part of them have no buds. A fair number of Magnolia parviflora blooms now , some hypoleucas, but no delavayi so far. Some good Harrow hybrids, also Maddeni’s, Eriogynums, Brachycarpum and late pink Azalea.
1926 – JCW
Fortunei Wilson discolor mayerianum would be nice but for the sun and so cross am – maddeni. Papa Goultier, Romneya x American Pillar very good. Brunonis nice.
1912 – JCW
All the late Fortunei of Wilson’s first exhibition have flowered. 835B is best for marking and 887B for size of bloom.