2020 – CHW
Looking again at the Hydrangea paniculata varieties two to three weeks on into flowering is quite revealing as to which are the best value overall.
A few things looking good in the nursery with flowers or foliage:Tricyrtus hirta
Hedychium coronarium still just out on the top wall. No deer damage yet unlike last year.
I set off to photograph the hoherias but they prove not to be out – except Hoheria glabrata which is, as we know, over.A few flowers still left on Rhododendron prunifolium which is odd as late as this.
2016 – CHW
The first pink and white Cyclamen hederifolium are out on the lawn perhaps a little earlier than usual. Time for another attempt to stop young Tim mowing the leaves, flowers or corns.
Certain rhododendrons produce a small secondary flowering in the autumn. Here Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth’ has a try.
Hydrangea aspera villosa, 25 years old and already partly dead, is putting on one (probably) last display.
While we have been away the Eucryphia lucida x cordifolias have come to their best. The flower on this plant is tremendous but the leaf form is nowhere near nymansensis ‘Nymansay’; the best of the crosses between these two species. We have several similar plants dotted about which predate my planting sprees. What else puts on such a show in late August ?
2005 – FJW
Rain after 3 weeks of dry weather.
1973 – FJW
All corn in – 80 acres corn (20 less than 1972) but total grain more.
1915 – JCW
Myrtles on the wane. decorums are very good. R auriculatum (quarry) is over, R auriculatum (Auklandii Garden) plant not yet open. Hybrid Gladiolus are nice. No other shrubs of any value.