Scarborough lilies now out in flower at The Cottage. Cyrtanthus elatus is a deciduous perennial from South Africa which is suitable for growing on a windowsill but not outdoors.
2020 – CHW
A few things looking excellent in the nursery today:
Sedum ‘Red Cauli’
Tibouchina orangensis with splendidly huge flowers.
Cercis glabra has developed leaves with intricate purple-red veining.
Senna corymbosa full out.
A single secondary flower on Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’.
2019 – CHW
A helicopter traverses the electricity lines near the castle after heavy rainstorms checking for breaks. There was a blackout just before we left for The Cottage in Yorkshire and many others through the country in the last week due to grid failure.
Ants building a nest up around the trunk of a young Meliosma veitchiorum before the spiral tree guard was removed. Otherwise the ants would have killed the tree.
2018 – CHW
Head Gardener Jaimie has been keeping up with the daily diary while I have been away in the north.Another wander in Old Park. Tail end flower of Magnolia sieboldii ‘Michiko Range’ seedling.
Odd seed on the later flowering magnolias. There is not much seed around on the magnolias at all this season after the snow in February/March.
Magnolia ‘Apollo’ showing a couple of late flowers. I would imagine they will first drop off rather than open.
Plague of flies in the bracken. Spiders/wildlife being well fed by them I would imagine.
2016 – CHW
2015 – CHW
A jolly day out at The Oval watching Australia take a commanding first day lead in a ‘free’ food and drink bar in the new stand. Guests of a director of Surrey cricket club.
1983 – FJW
1916 – JCW
After heavy rain some roses are coming on, but there is very little flower of any kind except for the big Solanums, hybrid Gladiolus are very nice.