2020 – CHW
Somewhat to everyone’s surprise after starting to nest so late in the season the swans have today produced three cygnets off the nest. We saw the nest get flooded in the recent rain and both parents frantically building it higher.
About halfway through potting up this year’s camellia liners.
Looking good today in the nursery:Lilium nepalense
Orders still coming in at the rate of 100 a day in lockdown. Everyone in the packing sheds is getting tired!Then back here for some filming for the weekly VLOG and topical tips for the website.
Lomatia ferruginea is absolutely laden down with flower this year after two dry summers. Normally it is one of the things which we know will be out and sell well at Hampton Court. The best thing in the garden today.
2019 – CHW
This may be Magnolia virginiana ‘Havener’? It is an evergreen tree with an overall height of 12-15ft and 8-10ft across. Only two flower buds that I can see and they look too small to be ‘Havener’ according to the reference books. The flowers are supposed to be double with a pinkish tinge. We will see. Planted in 1992.
2018 – CHW
I had forgotten where we had put Styrax americanus and how late into the season it flowers. Looking very attractive today as a smallish shrub. Its nearest equivalent Chinese species is probably Styrax wilsonii.
200 entrants in the Mad Hatters triathlon. Swimming, bicycling and running all over. Not a peaceful Sunday. Karol took a few pictures and here is a sample of what went on.
The debate rages over the new Chinese laser labelling machine (£1,500) which Karol has located to make new labels for the whole garden (eventually). The question of what size and colour the labels will be and at what cost is a difficult one. Also what information to actually put on the label itself. We are not a botanic garden so do not need accession numbers for everything and cannot afford the time and effort to compete with Windsor who have a man on this full time. The planting date and full name spelt correctly may have to suffice but a meeting with all the participants is needed to agree how we sort this all out next week. It could be a lengthy but gigantic leap forward and might even help John Williams get to know his plant names rather better and more quickly in the future. Certainly it would help with everything new which we plant
2015 – CHW
Our Seaview garden is a total dump but fortunately the former barman at the yacht club has cut down the worst of the jungle. The only half decent thing is a huge Hypericum Hidcote in full flower.
Styrax japonicus the best out now. Eriogynums nearly over. Hogweed of 8ft picked. Cinnabarinum hybrids near greenhouse good.
1931 – JCW
Harrow hybrids are remarkable, great big tree shrubs and really refined pinks in many colours. Magnolia parviflora has given and is giving in three cases a lot of flowers.
My own seedling hypoleuca is about the best flower I have seen of the old magnolia.
1930 – JCW
Much as in 1915.
1915 – JCW
Rose nia R brunonis only starting. Wilson’s Fortunei wane and so A ‘Mikado’. Escallonia pteroclada coming on. Escallonia langleyense good. Mitraria fair. R moyesii goes back.
1901 – JCW
Returned after a months absence much as on the other side, only later, a fair lot of roses open, Anna Alexis an easy first, but they are old plants, Abelia floribunda very good. Several daffs not dead yet. No Nigra’s [bamboo] over 3 feet high.
1900 – JCW
Romneya coutleri just opening, everything later than on the other side.