2021 – CHW
First visit today to Ventnor Botanic Garden. They had stayed open throughout COVID but gardeners on furlough had not done a lot for the masses of bindweed everywhere. They too had a dry spring and everything was a bit further behind than I had expected.
This year Puya chilensis and Puya berteroniana were both flowering as huge clumps. Most spectacular.
The Rhododendron weyrichii in the Rockery is just going over.Then a trip to look at the newish summer flowering shrubs above the drive and on Sinogrande Walk where they can be seen properly at this time of the year.Philadelphus maculatus ‘Mexican Jewel’ is a Mexican species which has made enormous growth since planted in 2017. Lots more flowers to come and nice scent close up. The flowers hang down and are a bit hidden.
The labels are the wrong way around on these two Philadelphus and mexicanus is on the left and maculatus on the right (two plants).
Buddleia delavayi is flowering for the first time that I have noticed it. Some flowers over and some in bud still. Quite pretty but said to be tender.
I have been bitching for months about trying to find a decent wildflower book and suddenly Colin French emails me to say he has published a (pictorial and locational) ‘Flora of Cornwall’. It is 550 pages long with 1,700 photographs of Cornish wildflowers. The index is not 100% accurate as I have randomly found but this is a real joy of a life’s work at £40.Colin did his last survey of flowering plants and ferns here on the estate in 2010. He found several red book rarities in his 2002 survey and more rarities in 2010. I attach a list of the rarities which he found in his last survey.
The fun will be now to try to locate them and see if they are still there. A trip to Tubbs Mill Quarry looms.
2019 – CHW
Our Seaview garden is not in bad shape at all thanks to Jaimie and Michael’s visit two to three weeks ago.
Melianthus major has finished flowering and has three tall seed heads with ripening seed pods.
A trip to Cotehele which is reputed to have the best herbaceous borders of any National Trust garden in Cornwall. Take it from me that Lanhydrock is better! An odd house well off the beaten track with a faint hint of abandonment and in need of some serious investment. The terraced garden below the house is in keeping and the upper garden in nice surprise boxes but the main herbaceous beds contain just annual plants so of no great interest to Karol and I today. Why do no National Trust gardens label their plants properly? Little sign of any real labelling at all except the annuals. Surely National Trust members deserve to be educated a bit when they visit?Red water lilies in the main pond.
Philip Knuckey has won a gold for our stand at Hampton Court. Our first gold here for at least a decade.Here are a couple of Karol’s pictures of the second lorry loading up with plants to sell.
2016 – CHW
A day clearing out my mother’s desk for the archive room so no great tour today.The yellow alstroemeria beside the front door has been here for at least 50 years. Today the yellow form is wrongly considered dull alongside a plethora of new coloured forms.
This Alchemilla mollis was planted here for Serena’s wedding a year ago.
The Sweet William are splendid in many colours. All self-sown.
The first white agapanthus has come out since the weekend.
On holiday, having a few days off.
1927 – JCW
The Actinidia in the Pinus austriaca is good. The Magnolia delavayi’s are flowering. Also Mag hypoleuca and parviflora. M glauca is not quite open. Rhodo’ discolor is good. Harrow hybrids fair, also Eriogynum and Griersonianum. Rosa brunonis is the best thing with the American Pillar.
1898 – JCW
Many of the daffodils have their foliage yet.
1897 – JCW
Most of the tree ferns have finished their growth. Henonis at full length, the best cane about 16 feet. Mitis and veitchii in mid growth, Nigra at full length. All daffodils have died down except Maximus and most of these have.