2023 – CHW
Styrax japonica ‘Jippei-Kawamure’ already full out. I need to get to see the rest of the Styrax. This one has large flowers and a single stem.
2022 – CHW
A garden tour after a week at Chelsea. New growth flourishing everywhere but most of the rhododendrons have now gone over.
Stewartia pteropetiolata just out into flower. Styrax still in bud.
2021 – CHW
Work started five weeks ago to convert three barns in the hamlet of Trevarrick into dwellings. Fortunately the foundations of these barns sit on bedrock so underpinning all the walls with concrete should be unnecessary. This may be a major cost saving on the project. The foundations for the extension to the smallest of the barns are already laid with radon sumps as is now mandatory (but quite absurd) in locations like this.
2020 – CHW
With all the outrage about Dominic Cummings’ visit to the north to drop off his young child with his grandparents as he and his wife had corona everyone seems to have missed the news that corona deaths have fallen to nearly 100 per day.
Half a million more unemployed for every week that lockdown continues? The blame game will soon switch to the economic costs of COVID and the government remains damned either way.
This ridiculous lockdown must end soon! Bankruptcy looms on a multitude of fronts and Brexit will soon be widely blamed too for making the economy worse. What a cataclysmic disaster that was panic led, panic maintained and totally disproportionate to the economic misery it has and will cause.
Fifty to seventy house martins flying over the lawn – I guess the first hatch off have become airborne.
This is the late flowering very dark red evergreen azalea clump above Rogers Quarry which Asia has propagated. It is different in colour (darker) to the clump on the drive below Hovel Cart Road and Hovel Turning which is also worth propagating. No idea of the names of either.
Plenty of social distancing on the beach.
2019 – CHW
A catch up on some of the best rhododendrons still out in the garden despite this very early season.
Rhododendron arizelum flowering better than I ever remember.
A trip to look at aesculus species in flower in Kennel Close. What an addition to woodland gardening this genus is late in May and in early June.Aesculus pavia ‘Atrosanguinea’, the Red Buckeye, full out and very floriferous as a small tree. A yellow flash in the trumpets.
The Rhododendron ‘Tally Hoo’ x elliotii on the drive may not have made it to Chelsea when cut but the plants on the drive remain nice enough.
See below for the YouTube attachment of our Chelsea coverage last night on BBC2. Amazing coverage!
A few magnolias left on the drive to enjoy – perhaps.
Berryrose – just coming out
Lemonara (or possibly Persil)
Gibraltar – five plants in this group mysteriously dead
Babeuff – an older variety which has grown outside the back yard for 50 plus years.
Next door is a new rhododendron planting where a 65 year old Pinus radiata nearly fell on the beaters’ trailer one evening three years ago. The plant split in half for no reason on a calm day and the other half was cut down narrowly missing the huge gingko beside it.
‘Kabarett’ is a bit ponticumish and rather like ‘Mrs T Lowinsky’ as seen on Hillier’s stand at Chelsea.
‘Germania’ has a pleasing gentle colour for a newish hybrid and a welcome addition.
I must have relented on the anti-lilac front for here is Syringa ‘Sensation’ with its bicolour flowers. Time it was pruned down hard. Not very floriferous and in the wrong place in a nice new rhododendron planting.
And then to an enormous clump of evergreen Azalea indicum ‘Macrathum’. One of those plants I seem to have known the name of deep in my memory from childhood and well worth propagating properly. The main batch of Nakahari or indicum azaleas here – and there are loads including a few of my father’s hybrids are just as much unknown as the deciduous azaleas.
Another unknown red one here with an orange centre. There are 15 huge clumps behind this one and they can go to make way for something better as indicated earlier. Perhaps occidentale ‘Magnifica’ ?
1997 – FJW
There is still a fairly well formed flower on Magnolia ‘Star Wars’. Very condensed year for the garden – too dry so far, too much east wind.
1906 – JCW
Viburnum shows colour, bed roses very good, Crinodendron good. Polystichums very good indeed.
1897 – JCW
Chromatella opens in the big pond.