13th June

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

I had nearly missed the Styrax wilsonii still in the greenhouse too. The smallest flowers of all the species which we so far know here. We planted two others out but they are currently lost in the tall vegetation and we will not now complete this year’s planting plans until after the first cut. I cannot remember exactly where we put them.

Styrax wilsonii
Styrax wilsonii
Styrax wilsonii
Styrax wilsonii
Styrax wilsonii
Styrax wilsonii
I got a strange email from overseas after Chelsea asking if we had a plant which was a cross between an eriobotrya and rhaphiolepis. I said I had heard of it but that I had not seen it. Then I find a plant in the frames for planting out next year! Asia will need to tell me where it came from? It is called x Rhaphiobotrya ‘Coppertone’ which I suppose assumes it is a cross between Eriobotrya deflexa and Rhaphiolepis (perhaps) umbellata. I have missed the flower which was light pink and rhaphiolepis like but the leaves look more like a gordonia to me? So does the habit which seems to turn in on itself. Like all bigeneric crosses in the plant world it is rather odd and ugly. Or in the animal world come to that (eg labradoodles for starters).
Rhaphiobotrya ‘Coppertone’
Rhaphiobotrya ‘Coppertone’
Rhaphiobotrya ‘Coppertone’
Rhaphiobotrya ‘Coppertone’
Some of the ancient Azalea indica clump varieties in the Auklandii Garden are over, some out now and some still to show. Today we have red, pink-large single flowers and pink-smaller flowers. Quite a mixed large clump as you can see.
Azalea indica
Azalea indica
Azalea indica
Azalea indica
Azalea indica
Azalea indica
Azalea indica
Azalea indica

2016 – CHW
Work on the old kennels is nearing completion and is well underway on capping off and repairing the kitchen garden walls before the pheasant poults arrive in two to three weeks.Rothwell construction have moved on well considering how difficult access is. We now have a useful building for garden visitors and shoot party drinks but I really do wonder quite what ‘we’ (ie the taxpayers) are preserving for posterity that is useful in the kitchen garden walls themselves.
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels
Work on the old kennels

2015 – CHW
A few oddities to amuse anyone who thinks a spring garden has no surprises left!

Broussonetia papyrifera
Broussonetia papyrifera
Broussonetia papyrifera  – this is one of a pair of female plants with peculiar flower clusters. The Paper Mulberry.
Ilex latifolia
Ilex latifolia

Ilex latifolia – who would have expected a holly to be producing an abundance of red berries in June? Some are still green but most are ready for the birds who have scattered seedlings of this plant allover the garden in shady areas. The old original trees now look ancient and sick.

PRUNUS latifolia
PRUNUS latifolia

Prunus laurocerasus – one very seldom sees it set seed quite as copiously as this.

Tropaeolum ciliatum  – it never died down in the mild winter and is in full flower already.
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum
TROPAEOLUM ciliatum
TROPAEOLUM ciliatum
TROPAEOLUM ciliatum
TROPAEOLUM ciliatum
Aesculus indica ‘Sidney Pearce’
Aesculus indica ‘Sidney Pearce’
Aesculus indica ‘Sidney Pearce’
Aesculus indica ‘Sidney Pearce’

Aesculus indica ‘Sidney Pearce’ – when you look closely some of the white flowers have pink centres while some are yellow. Male and female flowers together?

1918 – JCW
Much of our daff seed has been picked after a long dry period. Rhodo bloom done in by it. Foxgloves very good. A Arborescens is open in part.

1917 – JCW
I sowed some Cyclamineus seed today, some is unripe. Shrubs much as above. 40 Acre and pond shooting ride bit of valley very fine.

1916 – JCW
We are picking some daff seed. P. helodoxa is very good. The following rhodo’s are in flower – R brachycarpum, R brachyanthum, R zealanicum, R lepidotum, bits of Auklandii, various Azalea hybrids and Waterer hybrids including R picotee with one or two Maddeni hybrids.

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