27th May

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

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.

Rhododendron ‘Tally Hoo’ x elliotii
Rhododendron ‘Tally Hoo’ x elliotii
Rhododendron ‘Tally Hoo’ x elliotii
Rhododendron ‘Tally Hoo’ x elliotii
A good clean up where a small oak tree had fallen into some Rhododendron nobleanum. Past experience suggests they will reshoot vigorously.
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’ looking very fine above Orchid House Nursery. Rhododendron ‘Moses Maroon’ x griersonianum I believe.
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’
Rhododendron sinonuttallii (also known as Rhododendron nuttallii) is just out above the greenhouse. Greenish in bud fading to white. The adjacent plant seeded heavily last year and has no flowers this time. The other two are looking good.
Rhododendron sinonuttallii
Rhododendron sinonuttallii
Rhododendron sinonuttallii
Rhododendron sinonuttallii
Rhododendron sinonuttallii
Rhododendron sinonuttallii
This ancient gaultheria species has never had a name in my time. Any ideas anyone?
ancient gaultheria species
ancient gaultheria species
ancient gaultheria species
ancient gaultheria species
ancient gaultheria species
ancient gaultheria species
During Chelsea week the men have cleared a wonderful extension to the Rookery Nursery bed. All ready to fence and plant up now.
extension to the Rookery Nursery bed
extension to the Rookery Nursery bed
extension to the Rookery Nursery bed
extension to the Rookery Nursery bed
They have even removed the beech stump and trunk which fell earlier in the year.
They have even removed the beech stump and trunk
They have even removed the beech stump and trunk
I seem to have missed the very late flowering ponticum hybrids below Rookery Nursery. Normally out in mid June but this year is very early and the heat (here too) of Chelsea week has done for them.
late flowering ponticum hybrids
late flowering ponticum hybrids
I have missed the vast majority of the deciduous azaleas too in the week away. Out and over in just 10 days or so. This is a late flowering Ghent azalea variety of which we have several clumps. There is an attractive orange centre to the somewhat sparse flowers.
late flowering Ghent azalea variety
late flowering Ghent azalea variety
late flowering Ghent azalea variety
late flowering Ghent azalea variety
I thought I had seen enough Primula helodoxa on our Chelsea stand but there is now a good show outside my study window.
Primula helodoxa
Primula helodoxa

2016 – CHW
See below for the YouTube attachment of our Chelsea coverage last night on BBC2. Amazing coverage!
2015 – CHW
A few magnolias left on the drive to enjoy – perhaps.
Magnolia ‘Margaret Helen’ still in flower – its reputation for a lengthy flowering season even in hot weather is well deserved.
Magnolia Margaret Helen
Magnolia Margaret Helen
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Hattie Carthan’ – not everyone’s cup of tea but the veining is unusual and the green tinge may appeal to some. Very floriferous and a good show in late May.
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Hattie Carthan’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Hattie Carthan’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Hattie Carthan’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Hattie Carthan’
Magnolia ‘Tranquillity’ – only the most tranquil of individuals could begin to get excited about this. A miniature ‘Stellar Acclaim’ A few better known and still available from Burncoose deciduous azaleas growing well by Green Gate. What a show at the garden entrance for June.
Magnolia ‘Tranquillity’
Magnolia ‘Tranquillity’
Berryrose – just coming out

Azalea 'Berryrose'
Azalea ‘Berryrose’
Azalea 'Berryrose'
Azalea ‘Berryrose’
Lemonara (or possibly Persil)

Azalea 'Lemonara'
Azalea ‘Lemonara’
Azalea 'Lemonara'
Azalea ‘Lemonara’
Gibraltar – five plants in this group mysteriously dead

Azalea 'Gibraltar'
Azalea ‘Gibraltar’
Strawberry Ice – the best of the five separate clumps today
Azalea 'Strawberry Ice'
Azalea ‘Strawberry Ice’
Azalea 'Strawberry Ice'
Azalea ‘Strawberry Ice’
Azalea 'Strawberry Ice'
Azalea ‘Strawberry Ice’
Babeuff – an older variety which has grown outside the back yard for 50 plus years.

Azalea 'Babeuff'
Azalea ‘Babeuff’
Azalea 'Babeuff'
Azalea ‘Babeuff’
Three huge plants of the short lived but today most impressive Buddleia salvifolia near the tower. Overpowering scent.
Buddleia salvifolia
Buddleia salvifolia
Buddleia salvifolia
Buddleia salvifolia

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.

Rhododendron 'Kabarett'
Rhododendron ‘Kabarett’
Rhododendron 'Kabarett'
Rhododendron ‘Kabarett’
Rhododendron 'Germania'
Rhododendron ‘Germania’
Rhododendron 'Germania'
Rhododendron ‘Germania’

‘Germania’ has a pleasing gentle colour for a newish hybrid and a welcome addition.

Syringa 'Sensation'
Syringa ‘Sensation’
Syringa 'Sensation'
Syringa ‘Sensation’

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.

Azalea indicum 'Macrathum'
Azalea indicum ‘Macrathum’
Azalea indicum 'Macrathum'
Azalea indicum ‘Macrathum’

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.

Azalea Unknown
Azalea Unknown
Azalea unknown
Azalea unknown

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.

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