A visit to Bonyton last Friday for a Great Gardens meeting and quick tour of the garden which was looking splendid 20 years on from the Nathan’s acquiring the estate. How it has developed and progressed! A spring and summer garden now with much to interest all types of gardener and including many South African herbaceous plants.
Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’ in full flower in the sun in a corner of the walled garden.
The former swimming pool has now been changed into a water feature in the walled garden. Most effective as it flows over the sides.
Lupinus chamissonis scrambling beautifully thought a clipped hedge of Lonicera nitida. A very nice Lupin species which we ought to stock.
Here freestanding at the edge of a border and creeping onto the path. You can see why it needs a host plant to climb over.
Huge artichokes just ripe for picking and eating. Some had been!
The circle of white Betulas around a central sculpture has grown out of all recognition. Three separate birch circles in fact. Sue Nathan now needs a bigger central sculpture.
The view over the top lake.
The view from the bottom of the lower lake. This was originally Proteas and other South African natives. Not that much has survived but what has is now most impressive.
Cornus ‘Venus’ (Cornus kousa var. chinensis x Cornus nuttallii Goldspot x Cornus kousa) was in full sun and the pure white flowers were nearly over and developing pinkish spots then more pink all over. The flower bracts are enormous.
The yew ‘chapel’ has grown from nothing (our plants originally) into a novel feature. Ivy as the pews and a trained blue juniper as the cross. Not my cup of tea but impressive for the visitors.
2018 – CHW
Azalea indicum has many coloured forms from mauve-purple to red and dark red. The clumps on the drive, in the Auklandii Garden and outside the front gate are full out now and flowering more copiously than I can remember before. The flowers are single or in pairs. This marks the very end of the azalea flowering season for another year. Asia ought to have a go at propagating some of these rather neglected plants which may be a bit dull until June but are a pleasure then.
You can always find something absolutely new in the garden flowering away for the first time ever if you take the trouble to look properly – even when the season is ‘over’!
Fuchsia ‘Lady Bacon’ which I bought last year in the Isle of Wight is out beside the greenhouse. I rather like it and it looks tough.
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x virginiana now full out after its wind battering last week.
Trying out the new camera today. Hard to focus!The deciduous but rare Rhododendron weyrichii has popped open in a couple of fine hot days. More flower this year than usual. How many deciduous species from China and the US have we shown in the last fortnight – six?
A Great Gardens of Cornwall meeting at Tregrehan. Plans for the 25th anniversary book are well in hand and it appears to be costing the members very little.The meeting ends in complete hilarity when, for some bizarre reason, Jonathan Jones from Tregothnan suggests we must pay more attention to ‘naked gardening’. Apparently this was prompted by London’s new restaurant where you get your kit off to eat (waitresses included presumably). Jonathan muttered something about ‘naked magnolias’ which may or may not have been a phallic time warp or perhaps the meeting was dull enough for his mind to wander dangerously into unchartered territory.
2015 – CHW
A Rhododendron royalii hybrid (‘Royal Flush’? Yellow or apricot) has survived powdery mildew and a clump is flowering sparsely. This one is yellow and pink and nowhere near as good as the pinks and yellows now long dead.
A very late evergreen azalea (unnamed) has the merit of lateness but not much else.
Deutzia subulata is just going over. A Roy Lancaster introduction.
Several late azaleas above and below Bond Street
Azalea ‘Jock Brydon’
Azalea ‘June Fire’ – still in tight bud in shade. The season for deciduous azaleas does go on longer than you might think and although visitor numbers are now sparse there is still quite a bit to see if you look.
A frog has made it into the dog kennels and two buzzards are eyeing up the chickens on the Lawn. Bad year for moles and little joy with the traps on the Lawn.
2002 – FJW
A very misty week – sea seldom seen – very dreary and gloomy.
1928 – JCW
I came from Scotland, some trees and shrubs are doing very well, the Eriogynums and Griersonianums are good, the late Maddeni hybrids and the late Maddeni species of Forrest. Some Mag parviflora are open, some hypoleuca. M delavayi is not open yet but a lot of buds.
1924 – JCW
Came from London, much rain in the last three weeks and the best growth I ever saw in a short three weeks. Griersonianum and the Harrow hybrids are very good. Eriogynum is open. Cornish Loderi is just over. Mc is very good indeed for size of flowers in the NP8.