2nd November

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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Another clump of Rhododendron davidsonianum has been cut back to regenerate.

Rhododendron davidsonianum
Rhododendron davidsonianum
This young Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ ought to be dug out rather than just having the dead removed. Two winters ago it decided to flower in the autumn and paid the price with dieback. In Belgium they say Caerhays Belle is too tender to grow in their winters but this is the first evidence here of a problem.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
More tidying up work on an old magnolia (denudata?) which had rotted at the base and fallen onto a clump of quince.
tidying up work on an old magnolia
tidying up work on an old magnolia
Alongside a nice new clump of Rhododendron ‘Broughtonii’ will now be in full sun rather than shade.
Rhododendron ‘Broughtonii’
Rhododendron ‘Broughtonii’

2016 – CHW
A check up on the autumn colour of the enkianthus on Hovel Cart Road. I am slightly too late.Enkianthus campanulatus albiflorus is a good red.
Enkianthus campanulatus albiflorus
Enkianthus campanulatus albiflorus
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Venus’ starting to go yellow.
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Venus’
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Venus’
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Victoria’ – the remaining small leaves are yellow.
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Victoria’
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Victoria’
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Red Bells’ has little colour left.
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Red Bells’
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Red Bells’
But Enkianthus campanulatus var hirtinervus is still fully green with unripe seed pods. Just a hint of yellow at the base.
Enkianthus campanulatus var hirtinervus
Enkianthus campanulatus var hirtinervus
Enkianthus campanulatus var hirtinervus
Enkianthus campanulatus var hirtinervus

Funny that the only pure white flowering one should have red autumn colour?Hydrangea paniculata is starting to turn yellow too and has faded a lot in a fortnight. Quite a colourful autumn bank here now but Lindera cercidifolia is still green. One to watch and a good yellow I expect.

Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea paniculata

2015 – CHW
A surprising day for flowers in the garden just when everyone might think there is nothing doing.Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’, a Caerhays bred plant, is absolutely full out and looking wonderful. This is in fact a secondary flowering and a repeat will appear in the spring. Rhododendron flavidum is one of its parents and often has an autumn show too as we saw earlier but nothing like this.

Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’

What I have always known as Mahonia lomariifolia is full out alongside ‘Yellow Hammer’. The botanists have had a field day with mahonia names but I find mahonias pretty dull anyway so cannot be bothered to delve into the latest renaming of lomariifolia. Look it up if you must!

Mahonia lomariifolia
Mahonia lomariifolia
Mahonia lomariifolia
Mahonia lomariifolia

I had thought earlier that Hoheria populnea ‘Variegata’ (yellow variegation) was not going to flower this year but it has suddenly and belatedly proved me quite wrong. The flowers do not show up much amongst such distinct foliage but are a nice surprise in November.

Hoheria populnea ‘Variegata’
Hoheria populnea ‘Variegata’
Hoheria populnea ‘Variegata’
Hoheria populnea ‘Variegata’

1981 – FJW
Vincent Curtis died – the best flower arranger of his age.

1923 – JCW
Rhododendron eximium in the 40 Acres is, as regards its young growth, with a wonderful beauty now. The Sasanquas are nice some of them, much rain has fallen since say Sept 20th but only last week did it fill the 2 tanks in the Tin Garden.

1921 – JCW
Sasanqua (old plant) is very good indeed, a good few lapagerias. Cyclamen are over, roses a few. Rain seems to be coming to us slowly. No proper gales yet.

1918 – JCW
The sasanquas show a little flower. Lapagerias are nice. R decorum continues to hold on. Heavy autumn gales have started.

1908 – JCW
The roses in the three beds are very nice indeed. Solanum is extra good. Cyclamen over. Cam sasanqua medium.

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