2017 – CHW
Guests were asking what the rhododendron full out on the drive was. I had not yet noticed but there is a rather full secondary display on Rhododendron ‘Norfolk Candy’. It may mean it is infected with honey fungus and is in its last throws of life. Its neighbour died in the summer. However another plant by ‘Georges Hut’ is full out too as I found out later.
James Garnett in Holland sent me pictures of Emmenopterys henryi which he saw flowering recently at Kalmthout in Holland. We looked at our plant last week which has shown no sign of flowering in 100 years; like nearly all other UK plants of this rare genus.
2015 – CHW
One forgets to look out for eucalyptus at this time of the year but I find a couple which were given to us as a present by I forget who. It might have been the podocarpus expert? Neither are in Hillier’s so I must assume that they are tender. One is in ‘New Trees’ as a relatively unknown and new Australian species and the other is renamed Eucalyptus nitida in ‘New Trees’.
Eucalyptus simmondsii (nitida) has particularly graceful leaves and is rather nicer than many grey leaved eucalyptus species.