With all the outrage about Dominic Cummings’ visit to the north to drop off his young child with his grandparents as he and his wife had corona everyone seems to have missed the news that corona deaths have fallen to nearly 100 per day.
Half a million more unemployed for every week that lockdown continues? The blame game will soon switch to the economic costs of COVID and the government remains damned either way.
This ridiculous lockdown must end soon! Bankruptcy looms on a multitude of fronts and Brexit will soon be widely blamed too for making the economy worse. What a cataclysmic disaster that was panic led, panic maintained and totally disproportionate to the economic misery it has and will cause.
Fifty to seventy house martins flying over the lawn – I guess the first hatch off have become airborne.
This is the late flowering very dark red evergreen azalea clump above Rogers Quarry which Asia has propagated. It is different in colour (darker) to the clump on the drive below Hovel Cart Road and Hovel Turning which is also worth propagating. No idea of the names of either.
This is another very slightly different clump of the same above the two tallest Magnolia x veitchii. Jaimie may be able to name this one? Planted as a clump in the 1980s when this area was cleared and the camellias planted behind it.
The flowers of Cornus kousa var. chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’ are greenish-cream in the shade and already turning reddish in the sun. A gift from Richard Carew-Pole when he was RHS President.
The dogs bring me a still warm dead squirrel with blood on the back of its head and neck. Exactly as a stoat or ferret would kill a rabbit. This is not how a buzzard would kill a squirrel with its talons. Perhaps a fox or fox cub but why did the dogs not give chase? More likely a stoat surprised a squirrel on the ground or perhaps a polecat which was seen recently in a Rescassa garden and which has been seen a few times over the last 18 months. I saw it once at night by Burrough Close but assumed it was an escaped ferret.
The azaleas below Green Gate.
Azaleas and late flowering rhodos in the Rookery.
Rhododendron ‘Barbarella’ planted recently in Rookery Nursery.
Azalea ‘Chinzia’ flowering away nearby. I cannot find the name in Galle’s azalea reference book so am suspicious if this is the correct spelling?
Alniphyllum fortunei was planted in too cold a place and has two-thirds dieback which I cut out.
Pittosporum illiciodes f. angustifolium with tiny yellow flowers again this year – second flowering.
Ditto Ptelia baldwinii.
Persea thunbergii just putting on its red new growth.
Attractive reddish new growth on Eucalyptus mannifera var. praecox.
Azalea ‘Sans de Gentbrugge’ is very close to ‘Corneille’.
Cornus kousa ‘Ed Mezitt’ with its first flowers with us. They seem to start pinker and fade. Large bracts.
Cornus alternifolia covered in bees and full out.
Flowers just out on Rhaphiolepsis indica.
Fallen leaves under Quercus acuta and fallen rhodo flowers as well.
Maytenus boaria with its drooping branches.
Meliosma veitchiorum in full flower.
This Pinus insignis will shed more branches very soon.
You can just see a few tail end Michelia doltsopa flowers through the pine branches.
A self-sown Rhododendron ponticum and Rhododendron decorum seedling by what was once Lower Quarry Nursery.
Rhododendron stamineum – very few flowers this year.
Plenty of social distancing on the beach.
2019 – CHW
A catch up on some of the best rhododendrons still out in the garden despite this very early season.
Rhododendron arizelum flowering better than I ever remember.
A trip to look at aesculus species in flower in Kennel Close. What an addition to woodland gardening this genus is late in May and in early June.Aesculus pavia ‘Atrosanguinea’, the Red Buckeye, full out and very floriferous as a small tree. A yellow flash in the trumpets.
The Rhododendron ‘Tally Hoo’ x elliotii on the drive may not have made it to Chelsea when cut but the plants on the drive remain nice enough.
See below for the YouTube attachment of our Chelsea coverage last night on BBC2. Amazing coverage!
A few magnolias left on the drive to enjoy – perhaps.
Berryrose – just coming out
Lemonara (or possibly Persil)
Gibraltar – five plants in this group mysteriously dead
Babeuff – an older variety which has grown outside the back yard for 50 plus years.
Next door is a new rhododendron planting where a 65 year old Pinus radiata nearly fell on the beaters’ trailer one evening three years ago. The plant split in half for no reason on a calm day and the other half was cut down narrowly missing the huge gingko beside it.
‘Kabarett’ is a bit ponticumish and rather like ‘Mrs T Lowinsky’ as seen on Hillier’s stand at Chelsea.
‘Germania’ has a pleasing gentle colour for a newish hybrid and a welcome addition.
I must have relented on the anti-lilac front for here is Syringa ‘Sensation’ with its bicolour flowers. Time it was pruned down hard. Not very floriferous and in the wrong place in a nice new rhododendron planting.
And then to an enormous clump of evergreen Azalea indicum ‘Macrathum’. One of those plants I seem to have known the name of deep in my memory from childhood and well worth propagating properly. The main batch of Nakahari or indicum azaleas here – and there are loads including a few of my father’s hybrids are just as much unknown as the deciduous azaleas.
Another unknown red one here with an orange centre. There are 15 huge clumps behind this one and they can go to make way for something better as indicated earlier. Perhaps occidentale ‘Magnifica’ ?
1997 – FJW
There is still a fairly well formed flower on Magnolia ‘Star Wars’. Very condensed year for the garden – too dry so far, too much east wind.
1906 – JCW
Viburnum shows colour, bed roses very good, Crinodendron good. Polystichums very good indeed.
1897 – JCW
Chromatella opens in the big pond.