20th 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

Lonicera crassifolia is a prostrate evergreen species which Asia should propagate. It was a gift from Roy Lancaster and grows in and on the old tree stump at the Four in Hand. Tiny upright white flowers which go yellowish with age. Delicate and attractive in full sun. A rarity but a perfect rockery plant to grow perhaps with Fuchsia procumbens?

Lonicera crassifolia
Lonicera crassifolia
Lonicera crassifolia
Lonicera crassifolia
Lonicera crassifolia
Lonicera crassifolia
Lonicera crassifolia
Lonicera crassifolia
Stewartia pteropetiolata is just coming out. Still plenty of flowers to follow. A smaller flower than other species but alive with flies and bees.
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
An old Rhododendron crassum reshooting well after having only been cut back in the spring.
Rhododendron crassum
Rhododendron crassum
The very late flowering Rhododendron ‘Mosers Maroon’ is still out. Great plant for crossing with its dark reddish flowers.
Rhododendron ‘Mosers Maroon’
Rhododendron ‘Mosers Maroon’
Rhododendron ‘Mosers Maroon’
Rhododendron ‘Mosers Maroon’
The old Stewartia pseudocamellia is also just out. Green blotches in some petals.
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Rhododendron sanguineum ssp didymum (or something close to it) is flowering late (as it should) by Georges Hut.
Rhododendron sanguineum ssp didymum
Rhododendron sanguineum ssp didymum
Rhododendron sanguineum ssp didymum
Rhododendron sanguineum ssp didymum
The first of several elderly Rhododendron fortunei var discolor is out in the Main Quarry. Nothing to see of course! It is a bit sun scorched though.
Rhododendron fortunei var discolor
Rhododendron fortunei var discolor
Rhododendron fortunei var discolor
Rhododendron fortunei var discolor
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’ is just out. Less pink in this one, other than the bud, in contrast to the one in full sun further up the drive. Even a long tailed tits nest in the crown of the weeping tree!
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’

2016 – CHW
The three young Aesculus wilsonii at the entrance to Old Park Wood are flowering
well.
Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii
2015 – CHW
Tents on the lawn, tents below the lawn, hustle and bustle from all our staff and helpers. Charity fete tomorrow. We need a fine day and 3,000 people if we can to create a real profit for the church and local charities.

Styrax shiraiana – another new species to plant out next spring with very different leaves. There are several new ones on Mark Bulk’s Dutch website and we need to try the lot.

Styrax shiraiana
Styrax shiraiana
Styrax shiraiana
Styrax shiraiana
Rhododendron indicum
Rhododendron indicum

Rhododendron indicum (white) (Azalea indica) – very late into flower but, as with all indicums, flowers are random and not all out at once.

Eurya japonica
Eurya japonica

Eurya japonica – cannot now find the seed pods but never mind.

Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron maddenii

This clump of Rhododendron maddenii still in tight bud so must remember to have a look in July.

Rhododendron leptothrium
Rhododendron leptothrium

A late flower on Rhododendron leptothrium which is often paler on the ancient plants growing in shade below Donkey Shoe.

Two more Cornus kousas:

Cornus kousa ‘WCBCRI’
Cornus kousa ‘WCBCRI’
Cornus kousa ‘WCBCRI’
Cornus kousa ‘WCBCRI’

Cornus kousa ‘WCBCRI’ – that is what it says on the label! This may be a breeder’s number, our cock up or a misspelling of one of the more obscurely named varieties in the US reference book. Nice enough with biggish bracts.

Cornus kousa ‘Rasen’ – in full sun the bracts curl and go pink. In more shade they go pink spotted. Quite an unusual US bred variety. As usual the US reference book is vague.
Cornus kousa ‘Rasen’
Cornus kousa ‘Rasen’
Cornus kousa ‘Rasen’
Cornus kousa ‘Rasen’
Cornus kousa ‘Rasen’
Cornus kousa ‘Rasen’
I think I have nearly had enough of Cornus kousas and conclude that most of the named clones are not that different to the species. Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’ far and away the best. As usual US breeders have named far too many seedlings! Good in the garden but too boring to try to collect a full set.

The pink form of Rhododendron decorum above the Sales Point is the best thing in the garden today and well worth a trip around the garden on its own. The white form nearby is nearly over but others in the garden are not. Clearly several different original collections here and well worth collecting seed. ‘Tinners Blush’ and ‘High Sheriff’ are our decorum crosses and we should do more!

Pink form of Rhododendron decorum
Pink form of Rhododendron decorum
Pink form of Rhododendron decorum
Pink form of Rhododendron decorum

1948 – CW
Rho falconeri only just over also Harrows hybrids and Cornish Loderi over. Tally Ho at its best. Styrax wilsoni coming out. Azaleas mostly over. Still some Mag – Wilsoni and Sinensis. No hay cut here yet. Wall rose at its best.
1899 – JCW
Many Paeonies have only lately started, picked nearly all the daff seed.

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