18th September

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2017 – CHW

The sunshine encourages a trip to the Georges Hut area to see what is new here.

Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’ is full out from top to bottom. None of the other hoheria varieties (including Hoheria angustifolia) have any flower at all. Hoheria sextylosa is late this year.

Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’
Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’
Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’
Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’
Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’
Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’
The leaf has dropped on Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Leopoldii’ to reveal (as for many years) cascades of lichen. A sign of clean air or a sign of an old tree past its prime? Probably both!
Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Leopoldii’
Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Leopoldii’
Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Leopoldii’
Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Leopoldii’
Aralia vietnamensis still in full new growth and 15ft high after five years. Leaves even bigger than Schefflera macrophylla. The indumentum on the new growth is similar though. Nasty spines remain on the stem of what now must be called a tree.
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Cladastris kentuckea is showing its first yellow autumn colour. Always early and always one of the best displays.
Cladastris kentuckea
Cladastris kentuckea
Cladastris kentuckea
Cladastris kentuckea

2016 – CHW
The new clump of Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’ by the fernery and in the shade have grown well and flower late in the season. The ‘ice cream’ colours are only just starting to show on some lower flower heads.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
The old oak tree which fell a week ago at 4am with no wind has now been cut up. The main trunk is destined for Jaimie’s wood-burner.
old oak tree which fell
old oak tree which fell
Sorbus ‘Pearly King’ (from Trevor Green) planted in 1997 is full of fruit. Sorbus ‘Golden Wonder’ behind it has none. Sorbus do not generally fruit well in our wet conditions but Pearly King does well. Two others on the drive.
A small number of raspberries are just forming on Rubus lineatus together with yet more attractive new growth. Must remember to look in a month.
Rubus lineatus
Rubus lineatus
Rubus lineatus
Rubus lineatus
The top grafted Crateagus grignoniensis has been photographed before in this diary but seldom fruiting as well as this! The pheasants are, as yet, uninterested.
Crateagus grignoniensis
Crateagus grignoniensis
Crateagus grignoniensis
Crateagus grignoniensis
Crateagus grignoniensis
Crateagus grignoniensis
Heptacodium miconoides has grown well in a year and is flowering attractively. A wonderful border shrub with crinum or crocosmia.
Heptacodium miconoides
Heptacodium miconoides
Heptacodium miconoides
Heptacodium miconoides
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Phantom’ is still out above Red Linney and very late for a Hydrangea quercifolia. All the others are long over. This one a single survivor of three or five planted and clearly has a rather dwarf habit.
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Phantom’
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Phantom’

2015 – CHW

Magnolia ‘March till Frost’ is one of two in the garden living up to its name. These flowers seem larger than those in the spring and are, as expected, darker in colour. The slugs have hugely enjoyed the tepals in the recent wet weather but this second flowering is far better and more prominent than on the much vaunted Magnolia ‘Star Wars’ autumn showing.

Magnolia ‘March till Frost’
Magnolia ‘March till Frost’
Magnolia ‘March till Frost’
Magnolia ‘March till Frost’

Nearby is the wonderful Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’, easily the best cornus in flower here amongst the many photographed in July. There are a few orange strawberries showing up but not that many.

Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’
Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’
Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’
Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’

1971 – FJW
The Duke of Cornwall came to stay. Arrived at 3.31pm.

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