2017 – CHW
Gentle rain all day which is just what the garden needed. It is about three weeks since we last had proper rain and everything will jump now as far as new growth and fodder crops are concerned.
The Hydrangea seemanii is now full out on the arch and looking as splendid as yesterday’s climbing rose on the other archway. It will however need its new growth clipping back from the battlements in the autumn as before. So Hydrangea petiolans varieties are over but Hydrangea aspera villosa and Hydrangea sargentiana have yet to show. Seemanii is a mid season flowering species. Very vigorous and ideal for growing up tall or dead trees.
The ancient orange ? Nakahari azalea outside the front door is plastered in flower unlike most years when the flower is sparse and spread over several weeks.
2015 – CHW
The Isle of Wight party left at 7am today and I follow on 1st July so the blog will, I hope, continue sparsely from there and at Ventnor Botanic Gardens which I escape to when the sea air and ‘yachties’ get too much. Just a quick spin to the Rockery today where I find a second original centurion plant of Rhododendron weyrichii. This one is much more red rather than orange in flower unlike the plant above the Magnolia x veitchiis. Very old plant and very few flowers.
Amid the Camellia ‘Lady Clare’ by the front door there is a surprise. The first three rather well concealed flowers on Tropaeolum speciosum. This plant has grown here for decades with its roots in the damp shade. It can climb up to 10 feet each year to flower and self seeds. As the camellia has died back with old age so the numbers of tropaeolum have declined too. This it out at least a month earlier than ususal.
1941 – CW
Magnolias parviflora and watsoni still good. Harrow hybrids (Rhodo) good and a few whites. Some Styrax but Michelia by Engine House flowered for first time. Buds take long to open. Flower very white – 6 inches across, petals don’t overlap but very thick – smell like a refined Mag watsoni and flower not unlike. Flower flat only a few hours.
1935 – JCW
The fuschias are very good. Hard cut the care of Tin Garden daffs etc.
1934 – JCW
Moyesii is now very good. Some good Maddeni’s very little of the above is open.
1923 – JCW
The pink Moyesii is the best thing we have, something like 1922 in the whole but the cold and dry air has disposed of a lot of bloom.
1922 – JCW
Maddeni good in the big Grap, the Harrow hybrids have been and are the best things. Azaleas over except the Arborescens lot. The late white Obtusum near the Rookery is very good. Some decorum open.
1916 – JCW
Maddeni nice. E langleyense very good. R moyesi nice. P. helodoxa still good.