The second grass cut of the garden is well underway and perhaps half complete. After a wet July most areas will need a second cut so that the public can view the garden and its wild primroses, garlic, violets and bluebells unencumbered by grass growth next spring. After a much drier August shady areas will not need a second cut but the newly planted and more open areas definitely do.
These two pictures show how the larger rhododendrons have fared since they were moved out from the Rookery Nursery bed in late March. Some watering was necessary in a dry May. They need rain now, as the pictures demonstrate, but plenty of new growth none the less and a good start for these rarer species.
2020 – CHW
Crataegus schraderiana with its fruits now coloured up.
Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ was a gift from Leslie Baker last year. It is establishing well.
2018 – CHW
This is a discovery! A mature evergreen euonymus species which I had never noticed before and will need to get identified. Can anyone help? One obvious seed pod but none I could see higher up the tree.
Surprising what is still in flower while autumn approaches.Cornus amomum ‘Blue Cloud’ with wonderful autumn colour.
2016 – CHW
Mespilus germanica with a good crop of fruit which is not yet ripe. The tree is putting on secondary new growth after the rain.
2015 – CHW
Outside the front gates Hydrangea aspera ssp robusta (ex Crug) is flowering for the first time. Very late and long after the other aspera villosa group flowers have faded. It looks rather like a white form of Hydrangea sargentiana but now the botanists strike again and Hydrangea sargentiana is now reclassified as Hydrangea aspera subsp. sargentiana. On what basis was this change made I wonder?
Some redcurrant berries on Viburnum betulifolium but the pheasants are demolishing the lot. Supposedly this viburnum species does not fruit at a young age.