2018 – CHW
A catch up on the rhododendrons still out as the season ends. Starting above the old Orchid House Nursery bed.
An Alan Clarke collection of what I assume is Rhododendron maddenii with the most enormous scented flowers. Definitely one for Asia to concentrate on with cuttings soon. Possibly worth a name in its own right.
Sadly I have missed the first flowering of Styrax shiranus on Burns Bank. The one by Charlie Michaels Nursery is struggling in full sun and little growth.
The Schizophragma hydrangeoides on the top wall is better than I have ever seen it although the flowers are just going over. There used to be a huge plant 50 years ago on The Rabbit Warren.
2015 – CHW
More magnolias are emerging as we move into summer.
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’ (below Slip Rail)
We have missed the first flower but this looks much better than the old Magnolia obovata above the Auklandii Garden which everyone misses. This one is clearly flowering at a very young age.
Magnolia virginiana ‘Satellite’A proper evergreen with a large flower unlike our Magnolia virginiana by George’s Hut. The original virginiana was crushed in the 1990 hurricane. Of the several forms of virginiana we now have this is the best.
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Colossus’ (above Crinodendron Hedge)Flowering later than all the other Magnolia sieboldiis looked at over the last two weeks but is it really that different or colossal? Not in my opinion anyway. We had both sorts together in flower on the Chelsea stand all labelled as Magnolia sieboldii (plain) and no one noticed – not even the judges – which rather proves my point.