5th 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

2018 – CHW

A trip to Cotehele which is reputed to have the best herbaceous borders of any National Trust garden in Cornwall. Take it from me that Lanhydrock is better! An odd house well off the beaten track with a faint hint of abandonment and in need of some serious investment. The terraced garden below the house is in keeping and the upper garden in nice surprise boxes but the main herbaceous beds contain just annual plants so of no great interest to Karol and I today. Why do no National Trust gardens label their plants properly? Little sign of any real labelling at all except the annuals. Surely National Trust members deserve to be educated a bit when they visit?

Red water lilies in the main pond.

Red water lilies
Red water lilies
Buddleia salvifolia (I think) out a little early in the year in this heatwave. Not quite the same colour or foliage to ours here so perhaps a hybrid.
Buddleia salvifolia
Buddleia salvifolia
Buddleia salvifolia
Buddleia salvifolia
Amicia zygomeris in the back of a border.
Amicia zygomeris
Amicia zygomeris
Acanthus spinosus is smaller growing than Acanthus mollis with rather more attractive flowers.
Acanthus spinosus
Acanthus spinosus
Acanthus spinosus
Acanthus spinosus
Canna ‘King Humbert’ with a surprisingly tall and contrasting flower for a variety often grown just for its foliage.
Canna ‘King Humbert’
Canna ‘King Humbert’
Canna ‘King Humbert’
Canna ‘King Humbert’
Blackcurrants, gooseberries and redcurrants. Burncoose used to stock these but gave up. Now we have some good photographs if we change our mind.
Blackcurrants, gooseberries and redcurrants
Blackcurrants, gooseberries and redcurrants
Blackcurrants, gooseberries and redcurrants
Blackcurrants, gooseberries and redcurrants
Blackcurrants, gooseberries and redcurrants
Blackcurrants, gooseberries and redcurrants
Triteleia laxa is one of those bulbous plants whose leaves die just before they flower. Consequently they look a bit of a mess in the border, as here, although the flowers are nice enough.
Triteleia laxa
Triteleia laxa
A fine stand of Yucca gloriosa in full flower.
Yucca gloriosa
Yucca gloriosa
Yucca gloriosa
Yucca gloriosa
An elderly but very healthy Itea ilicifolia in full show.
Itea ilicifolia
Itea ilicifolia

2017 – CHW
Philip Knuckey has won a gold for our stand at Hampton Court. Our first gold here for at least a decade.

Here are a couple of Karol’s pictures of the second lorry loading up with plants to sell.

A few photographs of some new plants for the 2018 mail order catalogue:

Agapanthus ‘Strawberry Ice’ opens white and then develops a delicate pink tinge.

Agapanthus ‘Strawberry Ice’
Agapanthus ‘Strawberry Ice’
Agapanthus ‘Strawberry Ice’
Agapanthus ‘Strawberry Ice’
Parkinsonia aculeata – no idea what this is!
Parkinsonia aculeata
Parkinsonia aculeata
Parkinsonia aculeata
Parkinsonia aculeata
Marsdenia oreophila – an odd but vigorous climber with hoya-like flowers.
Marsdenia oreophila
Marsdenia oreophila
Marsdenia oreophila
Marsdenia oreophila
Kniphofia ‘Rufa Rasta’ – pretty horrid name – judge it for yourself!
Kniphofia ‘Rufa Rasta’
Kniphofia ‘Rufa Rasta’
Kniphofia ‘Rufa Rasta’
Kniphofia ‘Rufa Rasta’
Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’ without its pretty contrasting blue flowers.
Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’
Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’
Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’
Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’
Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’
Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’
Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’
Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’

2016 – CHW
A day clearing out my mother’s desk for the archive room so no great tour today.The yellow alstroemeria beside the front door has been here for at least 50 years. Today the yellow form is wrongly considered dull alongside a plethora of new coloured forms.

yellow alstroemeria
yellow alstroemeria

This Alchemilla mollis was planted here for Serena’s wedding a year ago.

Alchemilla mollis
Alchemilla mollis

The Sweet William are splendid in many colours. All self-sown.

Sweet William
Sweet William
Sweet William
Sweet William

The first white agapanthus has come out since the weekend.

white agapanthus
white agapanthus
Fuchsia exorticatica still has flowers on it about five months since I first photographed them on the then leafless tree. A bizarre performance from a spring fuchsia but it is a New Zealand native!
Fuchsia exorticatica
Fuchsia exorticatica
Fuchsia exorticatica
Fuchsia exorticatica
2015 – CHW
On holiday, having a few days off.

View of the Needles, Isle of Wight
View of the Needles, Isle of Wight, a row of three chalk stacks rising out of the sea with a lighthouse on the farthest one

1927 – JCW
The Actinidia in the Pinus austriaca is good. The Magnolia delavayi’s are flowering. Also Mag hypoleuca and parviflora. M glauca is not quite open. Rhodo’ discolor is good. Harrow hybrids fair, also Eriogynum and Griersonianum. Rosa brunonis is the best thing with the American Pillar.

1898 – JCW
Many of the daffodils have their foliage yet.

1897 – JCW
Most of the tree ferns have finished their growth. Henonis at full length, the best cane about 16 feet. Mitis and veitchii in mid growth, Nigra at full length. All daffodils have died down except Maximus and most of these have.

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