4th July

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

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!

Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
The very late flowering ‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons are just coming out by Georges Hut and on Hovel Cart Road. A great show.
‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons
‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons
‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons
‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons
‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons
‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons
I have never seen Lomatia ferruginea quite so plastered in flower as this year. The tree is 20ft plus tall and every twig has a cluster of lobster claw flowers.
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Ligustrum confusum is a record tree. Rather a fine flowering truss for a privet although most of the flowers are already over. Not a hedging privet!
Ligustrum confusum
Ligustrum confusum
Ligustrum confusum
Ligustrum confusum
Rather splendid new growth on Acer fabri which emerges as a bronzy-red before turning green. This tender plant is evergreen with us. It is tucked away in a small microclimate of its own with shelter on all sides.
Acer fabri
Acer fabri
Acer fabri
Acer fabri
A newly planted Quercus insignis has been wind scorched I think rather than suffering from drought.
Quercus insignis
Quercus insignis
Quercus insignis
Quercus insignis
Lithocarpus variolosus is absolutely plastered in inflorescences. Far more than in any previous years. Perhaps it will now produce some clusters of fertile acorns? Small clusters have formed before but never swollen up.
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Quercus crassifolia seems to be getting away quite nicely.
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
2016 – CHW
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.
Hygrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’
Hygrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’
Hygrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’
Hygrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’
Hygrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’
Hygrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’
Hydrangea involucrata ‘Viridescens’ has been ringbarked today by the strimmer so this may be the last you see of this rare-ish variety.
Hydrangea involucrata ‘Viridescens’
Hydrangea involucrata ‘Viridescens’
Hydrangea involucrata ‘Viridescens’
Hydrangea involucrata ‘Viridescens’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks Blue’ is just coming out ahead of the pink and white forms. There have been many supposedly ‘new’ hydrangeas in recent years but this one is vigorous and different as well as standing the test of time.
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks Blue’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks Blue’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks Blue’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks Blue’
Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’ is also out early and a good blue. Perhaps the best hydrangea on the drive today.
Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’
Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’
Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’
Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’

2015 – CHW

SOLANUM crispum 'Glasnevin'
SOLANUM crispum ‘Glasnevin’

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.

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