A tour with Martyn Rix and Peter Moor in extreme heat.
Another good form of Manglietia insignis with flowers of a ‘normal’ size.
Podocarpus macrophyllus ‘Aureus’ with its splendid new growth in full shade now.
Hoheria glabrata nearly over.
Strong new growth on one of the young Mallotus japonicus with a flowerhead about to appear.
Magnolia ‘Todd’s Fortyniner’ with a secondary flowering. About a dozen flowers. This was out in January as usual.
Martyn kindly brought cuttings of his Deutzia calycosa and we showed Peter the evergreen Clematis uncinata in flower grown from his seed. Peter thinks that growing it up through a Camellia sasanqua will swamp the camellia. It has not yet but I had not realised how scented the flowers are. Far too high up now to smell them so we need to start one again elsewhere.
2020 – CHW
The first time we have seen seedpods on Sophora japonica ‘Sun King’.
One evergreen azalea (out of a clump of three) covered in small azalea galls from the leaf hopper insect.
A trip to Tregrehan to study Fagacaea (oaks, lithocarpus, castanopsis and fagus) with Tom and Thomas Methuen-Campbell from Penrice Castle who are both far more expert on oaks than I am.
The full list of what we viewed can be seen if you click here but these were the highlights. Endless oaks are rather dull to most so here are a few flowers!
A trip to Eddington’s Nursery outside Nettlestone. Last year everything was new. Now the sample herbaceous border has run riot. Lots of new things to photograph discreetly as this is not hugely popular with the two male owners and partners. I buy a Melianthus major to make amends.Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ is just coming out on huge stalks.
What I think is Hebe carnea is flowering in the garden here with pink flowers fading to white. I could well be wrong! Not much else out after the tidy up though.
2015 – CHW
Hydrangea serrata ‘Tiara’ is a taller growing form of serrata and quite pretty close up if you like tiny blue flowers.
1980 – FJW
Last hay in First Corn cut. A late hay season generally but alright at Barton.
1929 – JCW
Plagianthus open, several Mag delavayi open, a good many Parviflora, some Hypoleuca. Eriogynums remain and Decorum x Auriculatum also Ungernii x Auriculatum. Rosa brunonis V.G, the best thing on the place.
1927 – JCW
Only a few Decorum x open, Plagianthus over. We lately had some nice Ungernii x Auriculatum open. Romneyas wet but fair.
1924 – JCW
Plagianthus very good. Buddleias good. Brunonis and American Pillars over. Decorum x Auriculatums very good more serviceable than Auriculatum and not so hard to please, they also hate sun on the young foliage. Romneya not very good yet, too much rain. Rhodo rhabdotum is astonishing.
1917 – JCW
The first cyclamen found open.
1898 – JCW
The first cyclamen in flower.