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.A few photographs of some new plants for the 2018 mail order catalogue:Agapanthus ‘Strawberry Ice’ opens white and then develops a delicate pink tinge.
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.