I got excited to see developing acorns for the first time ever on Quercus lamellosa. When looking more closely many have already dropped to the ground. When cut in half no acorn has actually formed within the circled green cup. Perhaps those still left on the tree will grow on and ripen but I have my doubts. Pictures I have seen of Q. lamellosa acorns show them as being much larger than these. Asia needs to keep a close eye on what is still left on the tree.
A young plant of Rhododendron decorum with just a few very late flowers.
Aesculus x glaucescens (now renamed x neglecta), just above the Q. lamellosa, has quite a few conkers on just its lower branches. These are nearly ripe enough for Asia to pick. Perhaps in two to three weeks before the squirrels find them. Very little seed on any of the other Aesculus in Kennel Close. x neglecta is a cross between Aesculus flava and Aesculus sylvatica.
A single secondary flower on Magnolia ‘Cleopatra’. Rather a darker colour than its spring flowers. In most instances secondary flowers are paler than the normal ones.
Whitish fruits on Sorbus gonggashanica which should flush even more pink when fully ripe.
Crataegus aprica with its first fruits which are, as yet, unripe. Several of these new Crataegus species with fruits will be worth collecting soon (especially Crataegus wattiana) and having a try at germinating them.
2018 – CHW
Rubus lineatus just coming into flower. Suckering away nicely to produce a big clump with very attractive foliage.
Few trees have quite such large and impressive leaves as Ailanthus altissima. Sadly no flowers yet on this 20 to 30 year old tree.
Hoheria populnea ‘Alba Variegata’ was virtually killed in The Beast. It is however shooting from the trunk with the new growth almost completely white with few green centres in the younger leaves.
Cotoneaster hualiensis with a fine crop of berries again this year.
Sorbus gonggashanica with its first crop of white berries which are just developing a pink tinge.
Tilia heterophylla has the most enormous leaves on a young plant.
I had always thought this tree was Persea japonica but now it has schima flowers high up. The leaves are not at all like those on our other nearby schima. I am now stumped! The smaller plant of Persea japonica up by Georges Hut has very similar leaves. I must ‘go compare’ as they say.
2017 – CHW
The huge clump of Hydrangea paniculata on Hovel Cart Road is very fine and just showing hints of pink. The best thing in the garden today by far.
I had been wondering what this odd thing was in the bed opposite the front door. It is the late flowering Mexican dahlia species which we bought in February. Still no sign of a flower.
The Korean raspberry, Rubus tricolor, has plenty of fruit but mice or birds are devouring them quickly.
2016 – CHW
We may be having a fairly decent summer but these three rhododendrons and azaleas are reshooting well despite only having been cut back in March. The fourth is more as I would expect in the first year with new shoots still emerging.
Alongside them in the Rockery Rhododendron camplogynum is well into its second flush of flowers and very good too.
On the wall a few small secondary wisteria flowers too. I saw some here a month ago and was surprised but this is very late indeed.
2015 – CHW
Heavy rain last night and rain all day with thunder in the evening.
The Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ is just out outside the Back Yard but no real scent yet.
Most of the ancient lapagerias on the shady north side of the castle wall have died out but one newer one I planted 30 years ago is still looking as good as scruffy lapagerias ever do and now in flower. Propagated by a Kent grower who was a retired doctor this is Lapageria ‘Picotee’.
1996 – FJW
First day of a good soak – have not had one for years at this time.
1961 – FJW
This week started carrying humus from the Rookery. 19 loads taken around the wood. First major feeding operation since the War. I think many old plants dying from starvation rather than disease. Lapagerias out.