2022 – CHW
Hampton Court show underway. I get a text as I return to Cornwall asking for a plant identification which I hope that I get correct (Carmichaelia australis). Fuel protestors block the M5 and A30 so only the very slow coastal route home via Dorchester and Honiton.
Marwood Hill Garden have just won a Gold Medal at Hampton Court for a display of their national collection of astilbe. Wonderful! A great leap forward for a garden usually famous only for its camellias and woody plant collection. A credit to Head Gardener Malcolm Pharoah who is now retired but it was very probably his creation.
Eddington’s nursery was fully stocked with a sale ongoing. COVID has not been kind to them. They have reorganised the nursery a bit and dropped most of their shrub lines. New things seen included:
Two new and good agapanthus – most not yet out:
Agapanthus ‘Ever Sapphire’
Geranium ‘Azure Rush’
Some good new double flowered Osteospermum:
2020 – CHW
So out of lockdown we go!
Vean, holiday lets all open for business again under all the new rules and, hopefully, full from the outset. Between the two, plus weddings we have lost over £150k of income so far this year plus £30-50k on the café (reopened in part 4th June) and car park and at least £120k on garden visitors, group tours, the shop and events. These are by no means the only estate income losses from COVID but let us look on the bright side and hope to catch up a bit now (all being well).
Wonderful to see the grandchildren here at last after about 18 weeks. Well pre lockdown John & Katie turned back on the M5 one weekend as both children were sick in the car and we have not seen them all since.
Little Beatrice (aged one year and three weeks) crawled to the top of the stairs in the front hall – no problem!
Isla rather liked going in Dad’s ‘tractor’ as she calls it. We visit chicks and find a couple of pheasants’ nests on the lawn – one without a mummy and a snail’s shell with the eggs. Isla concerned at this.
2019 – CHW
Hydrangea seemanii making a fine display over the back arch.
One of the three magnolias outside the back yard is laden with seed already. The other two which flowered slightly earlier have none.
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.