25th June

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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Still in West Sussex – back home after a long lunch and a four hour drive.

Stephanotis floribunda in the sun lounge is superb but the mealy bug are creeping up from the bottom.

Stephanotis floribunda
Stephanotis floribunda
Stephanotis floribunda
Stephanotis floribunda
Stephanotis floribunda
Stephanotis floribunda
This unknown rose was clearly rather fine a fortnight ago. Dainty pink and highly scented flowers turning white. The flowers stand proud from the foliage on long stalks. Certainly a rose that is sufficiently different to merit growing. The owner had no idea of its name and neither had I even before lunch.
unknown rose
unknown rose
unknown rose
unknown rose
unknown rose
unknown rose

2016 – CHW
A visit from Lizzie’s mother (Alice), her long-time nurse (Olivia) and gardener (Hugh). Alice was 92 on the Saturday. The plane is four hours late arriving at Newquay on the Friday night so the party do not arrive here until 10.15. Serena and John’s in-laws are invited but Johnny’s mum is sadly ill again so they cancel but we do briefly see Sue and Martin, who is also unwell. Nevertheless the party rages for 48 hours and Johnny stalks a roe deer amongst quite a few rabbiting forays.
Lizzie’s mother (Alice)
Lizzie’s mother (Alice)
Birthday cake
Birthday cake
Lizzie’s mother (Alice)
Lizzie’s mother (Alice)
2015 – CHW
Beyond the fernery is a rather dull record tree; Cornus walteri, introduced by Wilson. It is actually flowering quite nicely in the sun. The plant has self layered itself multiple times and has sparse black berries.
Cornus walteri
Cornus walteri
Cornus walteri
Cornus walteri
Cornus walteri
Cornus walteri
Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’ is a little further on with its dropping habit that tends to hide the flowers below the branches. Hence why you need to grow it on a bank so you can look up at it. The flowers are pink in bud opening with a tinge of pink. Very floriferous.
Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’

1990 – FJW
Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ by Front Gate – excellent.1989 – FJW
Styrax japonica out as well as Catalpa duclouxii and Ligustrum and Rho weyrichii, campylocarpum and argyrophyllum. Very hot, no rain since June 3rd.
1928 – JCW
Styrax, Wilsonii Langleyense, Hemsleyanus the hybrid and Japonica are all nice. Diaprepes is in flower well. Magnolia parviflora fairly good and some hypoleuca buds.1924 – JCW
The big pink Viscosum in the Old Park is very good. Rho eriogynum and griersonianum and the Harrow hybrids with discolor and maddeni are very nice, also the big bed of Papa Gontier rose.1923 – JCW
Have been back from Scotland for a week. Things just as in the above, have been crossing Souliei with the best orange Dichroanthum I have seen. Some Souliei x campylocarpum remain in flower. Some very good new white azalea hybrids of ours and two of P.D’s all in the Rockery are going over. Magnolia parviflora is nice now.1921 – JCW
Came back from Scotland, all is very dry, some plants are dead, many are sick. The late white Obtusum is the best thing. Arborescens flowers well, most other things are over. Escallonia langleyense is very nice near the Hovel. Some R souliei are open now.

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