Up in Northumberland, earlier in the week, I stopped to photograph Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus, the snowberry, growing in the village of Frosterley. The snowberries were very fine and just starting to drop off the trees in a wind.
A magnificent Sequoiadendron giganteum in the grounds of Allenheads House.
A huge Fagus sylvatica ‘Asplenifolia’ – a grafted plant but still quite magnificent.
The front wall had several plants of Cotoneaster simonsii with berries just starting to turn light orange. This upright growing semi evergreen shrub was making good progress as a freestanding wall shrub.
2017 – CHW
Jaimie found this banana flower in a cottage tenant’s garden near Portholland. No leaves seen by me but it must be Musa basjoo to be alive and flowering outside. The tiny bananas are forming and the flower is clearly a draw for insects. Ours at the nursery has yet to flower after 25 years but I have seen larger fruits on the clump at Lanarth. The flower is quite magnolia-like when you think about it.
Eleven different new named Matsumae cherries have arrived and I have today sorted with Michael where they are to go. These are almost brand new to the UK nursery trade and first seen by us properly until last spring at Windsor and Wisley. They come from northern Japan and have been bred by one family over two or three generations. They are hardier and less prone to cankers than our (relatively few) popular street grown flowering cherries. The University of Keele has a collection as does Chris Lane in Kent. These Matsumae are going to become enormously popular before long. If you want to see just how floriferous and delicate they are have a look at these pictures taken on the rhododendron society tour.
2015 – CHWThe eucryphias are all very late this year and Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’ still looks good. A very upright and erect habit. The old plant of Eucryphia moorii is also full out like the small plant photographed last week.
The colour of Acer palmatum ‘Ozahazuki’ on the drive is approaching its best and Liquidamber styrachiflua by Georges Hut is beginning to turn nicely.
Nearby is Magnolia ‘Yakeo’ with a rather decent second flowering which is arguably better than the spring effort. Quite a surprise on such a small plant.
1995 – FJW
First Sasanqua in flower by Side door. Seed on Reticulata by Georges Hut.
1989 – FJW
First Sasanqua indoors. Could be an early season? White cyclamen splendid.
1934 – JCW
Just about as in 1913.
1918 – JCW
The cyclamen and hydrangeas are both good. The roses and lapageria are fair. R decorum is nice. There are several other rhodo’s showing bloom including Dahuricum and Micranthum.
1913 – JCW
Came back from Scotland. The cassia and Clematis paniculata perhaps the best things, though the fruit on R moyesii is very good indeed. Some roses. Flowers on the rhodo’s Nobleanum, Gallatium, Primulinum, Intricatum, and Cilliatum.
1908 – JCW
Returned from Scotland. Cassia nice, lapagerias fair, cyclamen good and have been fine. The three roses nice. Solanum very good. The big group of Hydrangeas are good. Panniculata very nice.
1906 – JCW
Returned from Scotland, all but the Iris as above, the best year for Bananas ever known. Loniceras have done well. Woodwardia badly. Clematis panniculata V.G. Ipomoea nice.
1901 – JCW
Returned from Scotland. Cassia, lapageria, cyclamen, roses G P M , P Gontier, General S all very good. A few Iris alata of the new batch in flower.