2019 – CHW
Magnolia sapaensis has its first flower ever out two days after I first saw the buds. The other two buds are a way behind. The three outer tepals are pink on the outside and become quickly recurved. The centre is white with a delicious scent. Unlike other species this has taken no time at all to produce flowers. Very attractive they are too on a small plant.
Hot as hell and a very dry week. Drought conditions soon.Cotoneaster ‘Rothschildianus’ is very similar to Cotoneaster ‘Exburyensis’ except in the fruit colour. Here the former is flowering well in full sun. Sometimes referred to as Cotoneaster x walteri ‘Rothschildianus’ but Hillier’s now list it just as ‘Rothschildianus’.
My father always said that this ancient clump of deepest blue hydrangeas was the only clump of true blues in the garden. In shade and in the best acidic soil he said. Today we would say that Hydrangea ‘Taube’ or Hydrangea ‘Enziandom’ were the best blues. It has not got the black stems of Hydrangea ‘Nigra’ so I suppose the best guess at a name might be Hydrangea ‘Benelux’. However, even then, the shape of the florets is different.
I take Alice on a long garden tour in the car – plenty of questions!The lamb is delicious. Kevin’s venison less so!
2015 – CHWThe drooping new growth on Tilia henryana is most attractive when viewed from above. This rare autumn flowering tree has distinct leaves but I had not admired the form of the new growth before.
Right beside it and absolutely stunning in the sunlight is the fully fledged Liriodendron tulipifera ‘Aureomarginata’. My father detested variegated plants but I cannot see anyone disliking this. Note the reversion to green leaves on one branch as so often happens in genetic variations of this sort. One should cut this out really but it is far too far from the ground.
2004 – FJW
Nice rain on and off for 3 days after a longer dry spell than 1988 – the best flowering season for years for nearly everything – including Philip’s one flowering for first time and Ligustrum really flowering. Azalea by front door at its best.
1988 – FJW
First rain since June 9th. A gentle soak – no great storm.
1948 – CW
The pond boat house tulip tree in flower, probably first time. Few fuschias out cut back last 2 winters. Rho stericulum x eriogonum is good also Maddeni series. Hilliers Mag macrophylla out but not true. Warm nights only now started.
1922 – JCW
These last few days have given us a little rain ¾ inch, the first for about 5 weeks of any value but the lawn is hard now.
1899 – JCW
Arums and I. throbuca very good. Some of the Henonis have only lately started. I have picked all the seed but Marvel and Recurvas, a good year for seed, but bad for bamboos. Fern spores have lately started.