10th May

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

A good picture of Echium fastuosum sent to us by a friend whose garden adjoins the sea in Seaview on the Isle of Wight. The best display of this I have ever seen.

Echium fastuosum
Echium fastuosum
We discovered some long forgotten rhododendron layers which had grown erratically in full shade behind a laurel fence. The laurel has long gone and the plants have recovered and started to flower. They are the true Rhododendron griffithianum which was one of the parents of all the Gill hybrids of old. These magnificent trees with creamy or red flowers still grace the top of the garden here but many were lost in the 1990 hurricane. The original old clump of Rhododendron griffithianum with its marvellous peeling bark was destroyed by a freak whirlwind in 1976 in the Auklandii Garden.
So time to get going with some new crosses. These are what Jaimie and Michael attempted using griffithianum as the seed parent and a variety of different pollen parents as shown.
R.GRIFFITHIANUM x glendoick em velvet cross
R.GRIFFITHIANUM x glendoick em velvet cross
R.GRIFFITHIANUM x purple splendour cross
R.GRIFFITHIANUM x purple splendour cross
R.GRIFFITHIANUM x JC Williams cross
R.GRIFFITHIANUM x JC Williams cross
R.GRIFFITHIANUM x arboreum sub delavayii cross
R.GRIFFITHIANUM x arboreum sub delavayii cross
R.GRIFFITHIANUM x cetewayo cross
R.GRIFFITHIANUM x cetewayo cross

2016 – CHW
A tour with Mike and Annabelle Lloyd from Hillersdon House in Devon and seven dogs.Berberis insignis var insignis is performing increasingly well below Slip Rail – a clump of three. I detest the ‘municipality’ of most berberis but this is different.
Berberis insignis var insignis
Berberis insignis var insignis
Berberis insignis var insignis
Berberis insignis var insignis
Michelia platypetala was full out at the top of the garden and has the makings of a huge tree. The deep scent is familiar but I cannot quite place it.
Michelia platypetala
Michelia platypetala
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Hollandia’ is the best in the collection today above Hovel Cart Road. ‘Venus’ looks very pale this year and is nearly over. Enkianthus deflexus still in tight bud.
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Hollandia’
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Hollandia’
Azalea ‘Babeuff’ outside the back yard is full out and early. Seldom propagated or seen in the nursery trade today.
Azalea ‘Babeuff’
Azalea ‘Babeuff’
Azalea ‘Babeuff’
Azalea ‘Babeuff’
Rhododendron ‘Countess of Haddington’ is splendid but only four or the 16 plants have survived from those first planted in 2004! Scented rhodos have short lives and die off quickly not least from over flowering.
Rhododendron ‘Countess of Haddington’
Rhododendron ‘Countess of Haddington’
Rhododendron ‘Countess of Haddington’
Rhododendron ‘Countess of Haddington’
Prunus jo-nioi planted alongside in 2006 has made a splendid tree at the entrance to the garden. Is this a matsumae variety? No idea but it came from Thornhayes nursery.
Prunus jo-nioi
Prunus jo-nioi
Prunus jo-nioi
Prunus jo-nioi
A plant in the sales point of Magnolia ‘Honey Tulip’ is good for a first flowering. It is the yellowish sister to ‘Black Tulip’ but I doubt will sell as well.
Magnolia ‘Honey Tulip’
Magnolia ‘Honey Tulip’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ is, I think, rather better than Magnolia ‘Peachy’. Quite like Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ as I have said before but without such a pale inside to the tepals. Yuchelia is nearly over. Daybreak only just out but further comparison is merited.
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Rhododendron ‘Halfdan Lem’ is just coming out. What a red!
Rhododendron ‘Halfdan Lem’
Rhododendron ‘Halfdan Lem’
Rhododendron ‘Halfdan Lem’
Rhododendron ‘Halfdan Lem’
2015 – CHW
A final pre-Chelsea quest for yellow(ish) magnolias which I had not seen yet or which were new to us.Magnolia ‘Hot Flash’ is a now 15 years old and not a bad yellow alongside ‘Sundance’ which has been over for a fortnight.  I guess it is normally out in Chelsea week and hence why I have not seen it before.

MAGNOLIA 'Hot Flash' 03
MAGNOLIA ‘Hot Flash’
MAGNOLIA 'Hot Flash' 02
MAGNOLIA ‘Hot Flash’
MAGNOLIA 'Hot Flash'
MAGNOLIA ‘Hot Flash’
MAGNOLIA 'Woodsman' x 'Patriot'
MAGNOLIA
‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
MAGNOLIA 'Woodsman' x 'Patriot' 02
MAGNOLIA
‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’

Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’ – only a couple of flowers last year but now something good (unlike its neighbour of similar parentage).  Almost blue in bud opening as you see.

MAGNOLIA unknown 02
MAGNOLIA ‘Coral Pink’
MAGNOLIA unknown
MAGNOLIA ‘Coral Pink’

Magnolia unknown – a chubby triangular habit to this first time flowerer but the label has vanished.  Just 3 buds which are an odd shape and quite small opening with a tinge of pink.

Update on 15th May, this one has been identified as Magnolia ‘Coral Pink’

MICHELIA yunnanense 'Summer Snowflake'
MICHELIA yunnanense ‘Summer Snowflake’

Michelia yunnanense ‘Summer Snowflake’ – a nice clone flowering for the first time which is now properly Magnolia laevifolia.  Flowers are larger and open flatter with whitish insides than pure laevifolia.  Nice but not that special really.

MAGNOLIA 'Genie' 02
MAGNOLIA ‘Genie’
MAGNOLIA 'Genie'
MAGNOLIA ‘Genie’

Magnolia Genie still has buds and flowers weeks after it first came out.  Although there are now leaves as well this is another major attribute.

MAGNOLIA 'Daphne' 02
MAGNOLIA ‘Daphne’
MAGNOLIA 'Daphne'
MAGNOLIA ‘Daphne’

Magnolia ‘Daphne’ – one of three plants now full out.  Absolutely the best yellow so far without question.

1932 – JCW
The hybrid Magnolias are at their best. Sargentiana has passed. Cherries are going but were excellent, Rhodo’s are late compared to 1928.1928 – JCW
Martin and I agreed that we never saw so many Auklandii in bloom here as two nights ago. Zealanicum hybrids, haematodes, chasmanthum, and chartophyllums are all very good. M parviflora shows but several. The Wilsonii are in flower, some very nice Azaleas about. Kingsbridge hybrids good. Things belonging to rhodo’s are on the wane.

1926 – JCW
Auklandii and Arboreum hybrids are all over. Decorum are and have been good. I cleared two nice pink ones today, one of Wilsons and one of Forrest’s enkianthus at their best – Zealanicum hybrids good, no Harrow hybrids yet but some Cornish Loderi.

1925 – JCW
Cherries over. Auklandii very few flowers, one of Davidsonianum good. The rubiginosum hybrid Auklandii x Campylocarpum are very nice. Zealanicum x Auklandii just starting. Helodoxa primulas V.G.

1924 – JCW
Cherries over. Auklandii at their best. Davidsonianum’s good. No Insigne. Recurvas all open.

1917 – JCW
Cherries nearly at their best. Fortunei x Arboreum good, white hybrid Auklandii’s very good. Davidsonianums started to wane, Auklandii fair but frosted, the first Rosa hugonis shows. Some yellow trumpets remain and the May 11th pheasant eye is opening. A mad year as regards the mixing of seasons.

1915 – JCW
Tubergen Iris, c reticulata, all early rhodo’s have gone over. Rockery Augustinii at their best, the outside ones are over. Orbiculare going back, Sappho hybrids open, and Devonshire Recurvas good. Standishii, C montana rubra good, also Auklandii above frost line and some white Broughtonii x’s.

1908 – JCW
The Tubergen Iris have been splendid, 50 or more blooms. Daffs have started the rot, nothing much left. 90 late Poets look well in the hall, recurvas nearly at their best, going over incomps the last time. C reticulata over, Auklandii hit by frost of April 24th, since few opening.

1907 – JCW
The last and latest Recurvas opened, we have had very heavy rain. I. pavonia is open, a few.

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