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.
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.
Amicia zygomeris in the back of a border.
Acanthus spinosus is smaller growing than Acanthus mollis with rather more attractive flowers.
Canna ‘King Humbert’ with a surprisingly tall and contrasting flower for a variety often grown just for its foliage.
Blackcurrants, gooseberries and redcurrants. Burncoose used to stock these but gave up. Now we have some good photographs if we change our mind.
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.
A fine stand of Yucca gloriosa in full flower.
An elderly but very healthy Itea ilicifolia in full show.
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.
Parkinsonia aculeata – no idea what this is!
Marsdenia oreophila – an odd but vigorous climber with hoya-like flowers.
Kniphofia ‘Rufa Rasta’ – pretty horrid name – judge it for yourself!
Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’ without its pretty contrasting blue flowers.
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.
This Alchemilla mollis was planted here for Serena’s wedding a year ago.
The Sweet William are splendid in many colours. All self-sown.
The first white agapanthus has come out since the weekend.
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!
2015 – CHW
On holiday, having a few days off.
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.