2021 – CHW
Cobaea scandens growing away on the side of a house in Seaview. I have admired this for several years but too early in the season to collect any seeds as yet. The reference books describe this as an annual but it clearly is not in a warm seaside location. A vigorous climbing or scrambling plant which flowers away for months and months. It would be a welcome addition to the Burncoose catalogue.
A visit to the Isle of Wight distillery ‘brewing’ 1,300 litres of gin a day in an extension to the back of a pub. Their gin is 42% proof! Forty employees but bottling and packaging organised elsewhere.
A visit to Treseders nurseries at Lockengate to successfully purchase three Vallea stipularis from the Andes which becomes large shrub or small tree. Just the job for where the three Daphne have died outside the front door in the recent drought. A replacement for the Fuchsia exorticata which once grew well here but died for the same reason.I also bought a plant of the white flowered Jovellana sinclairii which is quite similar to the Jovellana punctata which is on our website.
Some more garden centre visits and a few new plants of note.Schizophragma integrifolium ‘Windmills’ was very attractive and stand out especially before the flowers are fully out and just the ‘windmills’ show.
Off to the ever improving Eddington nursery just on from Seaview and near the Priory Bay Hotel. A huge range of well grown herbaceous plants and a far better selection than any Isle of Wight garden centre. They lost lots of freshly split and re-potted agapanthus in The Beast but not their Melianthus major or much else.The new plants which we should consider for our next catalogue include:Achillea ‘Terracotta’
2017 – CHW
I am sure that I planted this cedar tree as Cedrus atlantica but, although green needled in winter, its new growth is certainly now a glaucous blue. Perhaps not as blue as our other Cedrus atlantica ‘Glauca’ trees though. Anyway, you can see three stages of cones here; very immature and just forming, fully formed, and last year’s which are brown and disintegrating.
A new named Rhododendron occidentale from Glendoick with double white flowers with a small yellow flare is exciting. The label says ‘Cres City Doll’ which needs investigating.
Deutzia pulchra, originally from Roy Lancaster’s Chinese collecting, is superb below the drive. I missed it last year. This is a new plant in the Burncoose catalogue this year. Quite a tall growing species with huge racemes of lily-of-the-valley buds and (perhaps) flowers. A very good deutzia which I put a close second to Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’; quite a bit later into flower too than most other deutzia species and not all the racemes come out at once. Best planted on a bank so you can look up at it as here.
Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’ is almost over on the drive. Another plant on a bank which it weeps over so one can look up at it. Not as weeping as Stryrax japonica ‘Pendulus’ (white flowers) but droopy and hides its beauty. The flowers have a pink flush or pinkish centres and have been out here for at least a month. I showed this (touching the plant) to a non-gardener recently and they kept looking (puzzled but polite) into the middle distance. That is why you need it on a bank!
2015 – CHW
The famous Needles.
1974 – FJW
Aunt May died.
1954 – CW
Styrax have never been so good both Japonica and Wilsoni. Also Eriogynum excellent. No Auriculatum white hybrids out yet. After a long cold dry spring much rain for weeks. Tree ferns beginning to move but several dead. Mag nitida have mostly lost their tops and also Michelias. These and tree ferns will take years to recover. Still flowers on late Drive Camellias and Kimberley.
1926 – JCW
Auriculatums x decorum opening. Harrow hybrids wane. Plagianthus ½ open. Styrax hybrid promises to be good now. Griersonianum not over yet. Papa Goultier good.
1905 – JCW
Returned from a month in Scotland. Roses going over but yet good, The Rambler. L giganteum. Brunonis roses are yet good. All daff seed, even Recurvas, has been picked.