2023 – CHW
This wonderful Rhododendron parishia (CWJ 6346) – (as it is labelled) is clearly from Section ponticum subsection Parishia but what species exactly? Not really much like Rh. parishia which flowers in March/ April. More like Rh. kyawii which we saw in flower here a fortnight or so ago. It’s very fine and well worth growing whatever it is exactly. I have never seen the 3 plants perform as well as this.
2022 – CHW
Drought stricken big leaf Rhododendrons in Higher Quarry Nursery. But help is at hand and Tim has the hosepipe on from the little used water tanks below the church.
Lots more rain, several branches on young magnolias snapped off in the wind and yet more secondary new growth. The end of the drought risk for this season.Buddleia lindleyana nicely out.
Rubus phoenicolasius is ripe in parts and the young pheasants have not yet eaten the fruits as they will. An artist has asked to come and paint this ornamental bramble but they will be too late in September.
A collection of Clethra in flower today:Clethra tomentosa ‘Cottondale’ is a suckering species from the SE USA. It grows to around 6ft in height here with a similar spread.
An occasional shower and a definite cooling of the temperature. Heavy rain for Saturday forecast. The worst of the drought for our garden plants may now be over?The Magnolia denudata ‘Forrests Pink’ which was felled by a large leylandii in the winter has reshot with great vigour. We saw this three months ago. It is in a damp spot so the drought has made no difference.
Overhanging our garden is Acacia dealbata loaded with ripe seeds. They hang down in tassels like sophora seeds.
2015 – CHW
Several people have commented on the extraordinary colour of a clump of mophead hydrangeas up from Red Linney on the bank. They are Hydrangea Selma, planted in 2009 and billed as being a very dark red. In our acid soil they are as dark a purple as I have ever seen in a hydrangea and quite superb in full sun.