2020 – CHW
As Lockdown 2 nears its end I am starting to run out of new things to show you. Acute frustration and boredom.
Work progresses at the Hovel and the concrete floors are in as well as the floors upstairs with gaps for the staircases. The rain has turned the car parking area into a bit of a quagmire but the main drains are in. Half the roof is slated and we are about three months into a nine month contract.
A few things in flower on the lawn.Salvia x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’ still full out as it has been since August. Its two toned flowers go on and on and still look great in a granite trough outside the estate office as well.
Sorbus alnifolia (BSWJ 10948) holding its berries long after the leaves have fallen. They start orange and then turn red. Asia should collect some before the birds get there.
This Mahonia japonica was trimmed back hard from the path a year or so ago. Full of new growth and flowers today. Still not quite full out. Flowers a delicate gentle yellow and pendulous not upright.
The old clumps of Erica arborea are nearly full out on the middle bank as usual. The ones at the Four in Hand have been out for a few weeks already.
2015 – CHW
Weather forecast wrong yet again and no rain (like yesterday)! The dying aucuba windbreak above Bond Street has been cut back hard but it will probably have to be ripped out before the year is out.
1940 – CW
First Sutchuenense hybrids out also Arboreum thomsonii x. Camellia sasanqua, double white, speciosa and its light and dark pink hybrids, also Oleifera very good. Some fuchsias still nice. Erica hybrida out and the yellow Maddeni we have had several vases here for a week.
1926 – JCW
Lapagerias remain nice and C sasanqua are good yet, no real frost above the top terrace so far. Daffs just show a little. Some Iris stylosa. Several Maddeni hybrids show.
1906 – JCW
Some lapagerias very good. C sasanqua at its best. Solanum and rose, Papa Gontier, hold on.