2021 – CHW
Rhododendron schlippenbachii in the November sun.
Saw the first woodcock of the year by Burns Bank yesterday. Unusually late in the autumn to see the first one but weather mild.A morning with Asia collecting unusual rhododendron species seeds. In a mild wet autumn by no means all of them were ripe yet and some need a week or two more before drying off over winter and sowing in the spring. The list of rhodo seedlings and small plants which Asia has successfully propagated/grown this season is attached. Exactly the old original plants which we need to replace for future generations to avoid them dying out as quite a few have done already. Very few UK nurseries are left who propagate rhododendron species and it is left to historic gardens to do their best to ensure that Wilson and Forrest collections do not die out unnoticed.
Fallen flowers underneath Camellia oleifera.
2019 – CHW
A trip up the drive to see what is new. Decidedly colder today even with the rain.
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ flowering in just one branch as it did for the last couple of years at this ridiculously early time.
Finally a week’s rain and the ground is properly wet for the first time since June. Look at the puddles by the front door!
Lomatia ferruginea is loaded with seed which is not yet ripe. Mainly at the very top of the tree but it did flower copiously all over. Asia needs to wait a week or two before using the long handled pruners to collect the seed.
Jaimie wants to dig up some of these aptly named ‘ginger lilies’ (hedychium) and put a few around the garden. Their seed heads are very striking although the flowers are not. Strangely the slugs do not do the leaves much damage despite being very close to the main wall.
2015 – CHW
We all forget how late into the year magnolias hold their leaves and, indeed, why they grow so quickly. Here Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ is still in full leaf while oak, ash, sycamore, chestnut and beech have long shed.
The Vietnamese Rhododendron collection. CWT – Alan Clark, Hannah Wilson and Jamie Taggart. All have been grown from seed collected from plants growing on the approach to the summit of Fan Si Pan, Lao Cai County, P R Vietnam.Rhododendron suoilenhense. Grandia subsection. Forms a spreading tree well clad in very large silvery leaves. Primrose yellow flowers with a pink blotch. April/May. CWT6410.
Rhododendron sp Maddenia subsection. Virtually prostrate, producing rosettes of dark green leaves. Deep yellow flowers resembling Rhododendon Valentiniodes. April/May. CWT6442.
Rhododendron sino-falconeri. Falconera subsection. Forms a large tree. Huge pale green leaves. Indumented below, yellow flowers. April/May. CWT6336.
Rhododendron excellens. Maddenia subsection. Forms a spreading shrub. Large, shiny bright green leaves. Long lily like, scented white flowers with a yellow blotch. June. CWT6486.
Rhododendron nuttalii. Maddenia subsection. Forms an upright shrub. Large dark green purple tinted leaves. Scented white tinged rose flowers. June. CWT6416.
Rhododendron sp Maddenia subsection. Small upright shrub. Foliage resembles Rhododendron cilliatum. Flower colour and flowering period not known. CWT6342.
Rhododendron sp subsection not determined. Completely prostrate. Small, round, hairy leaves resembling Rhododendron moupinense. Flower colour and flowering period not known. CWT6432.
Rhododendron sp Fortunea subsection. Forms a large upright tree. Dark green, wavy edged leaves. White scented flowers. August/September. CWT6282.
Rhododendron sp Maddenia subsection. Medium sized shrub. Dark green leaves. Flowers believed to be pale yellow. Flowering period not known. CWT6406.
Rhododendron fansipanense. Arborea subsection. Forms a large upright tree. Grey green, narrow leaves. Flowers believed to be red. May? CWT6390.
Rhododendron sp Parishia subsection. Forms a medium sized tree. Indumented foliage. Flowers believed to be red. August/September. CWT6348.
1924 – JCW
Much as in 1917 excepting P helodoxa which has been picked and the jonquil which has lacked sun. A good many rhodo’s show colour of which Haematodes is the best.
1917 – JCW
The first Erica darleyense, Camellia sasanqua is fair, a good few P helodoxa open. Some jonquil x up in the Tin Garden, say up to 6 inches.
1907 – JCW
Camellia sasanqua has lost nearly all its buds from drought. Solanum is good and some of the roses. No frost yet. Lapagerias fairly good.
1902 – JCW
Hidalagea[?] open yet. Camellia sasanqua well open on the wall.
1900 – JCW
Some swallows and martins here yet.