First trip to Hook Norton Brewery for 16 months. Zoom board meetings replaced by reality. Could it be profitability in May after 13 months of severe losses?
Another clump of Rhododendron nuttallii.
Three Rhododendron yuefengense out in the old Orchid House Nursery bed. Two plants have caught the wind and have smallish and pale pink flowers. The third has much larger flowers opening dark pink as you can see.
On 22nd July last year I photographed Camellia ‘Kitty’ with a flower. Today it is full out with flowers shedding everywhere underneath this 1960s planted large shrub. Pinkish when it opens fading to white. A late flowerer like this will be a welcome addition to the catalogue.
Picea pungens ‘Spek’ with its fantastic light blue new growth.
Cotoneaster confusus just going over.
The clump of three Hypericum lancastriense has taken a cold winter hammering with dieback but is now reshooting vigorously. Needs a good pruning.
2020 – CHW
Flowers on Tilia maxiczowicziana. Yellowish with a faint red flash on the bud and on the stamens. Not seen before and attractive by Tilia standards.
The Caerhays charity fete opens with a little drizzle but clears up. Not beach weather and some may have stayed at home fearing rain but circa 2,000 people did not. A very relaxed family day out with excellent musical and choral performances. A huge effort which paid off.The Royal Marines band.
The styrax tour and lecture day with only five attendees so we ended up doing a three hour garden tour looking at styrax and stewartia, rather than bothering with a long lecture.Stewartia pteropetiolata is only just coming out, with loads of flowers to come.
To Burncoose for the annual meeting with our main Dutch supplier. A low flower on a 25 year old Aesculus wilsonii full out in the sun.
In the nursery again photographing new plants for the 2017 catalogue:Deutzia pulchra has long trailing flowers and will be a useful addition to the smaller growing deutzia range.
Paparer orientale ‘Royal Wedding’, like all of these orientale poppies, is a short lived flop! Why they currently are so popular I cannot understand. A breath of wind or even a decent shower and the flowers are irreparably buggered!You can see I got bored with the photography!
2015 – CHW
The tiny frogs are still on the march to wherever but have now spread the whole way along the drive from the Back Yard to the Fernery. They are more spread out but still in huge numbers. Strange that birds are not gobbling them up but there is no sign of this. Perhaps they are poisonous? The whole lot are however moving up into the gardens and away from water.
More cornus today:Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’ outside the Lawn is looking wonderful but I see no signs of any doubling in the flowers as the US book suggests but with no picture. Not far off Cornus ‘Eddies White Wonder’ perhaps but I have yet to catch up with this one.
The old plants of Cornus kousa below the Fernery are plastered in flowers. The original takes a bit of beating really.
Cornus kousa ‘Miss Petty’ is nice enough. Looks as though the bracts will get pinker splashes later.
Is this Cornus kousa ‘Samaritan’? Probably as its habit is very different to ‘Wolf Eyes’. But, since no flowers, is it florida ‘Daybreak’. I think not. How you can produce a definitive reference book with such poor and inadequate pictures beggars belief.