2019 – CHW
Cotoneaster franchetii with its usual display below the tower. These fruits get carried by birds and mammals into cavities in walls and under slates capping walls where they grow and are both a nuisance and hard to dig out properly.
Mespilus germanica in Kennel Close is absolutely laden with fruit which are approaching being ripe. I need to investigate how one should begin to eat these but believe they are best turned into jam?
The young Stewartia henryae has superb red autumn colour for the second year after planting. None of the other stewartia species do this with us. I bought this from Esvelt and we must plant more!
More seed investigations today. Rhododendron eximium has set a few seeds on each truss but many of the flower trusses have now dropped their seed heads which had not set and have simply dropped off. Those few which have set and swollen are still far from ripe.
2015 – CHW
Some fruit and nice autumn colour on Cornus kousa var chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’. The fruiting is irregular and confined to a few branches.
Corylopsis ‘Spring Purple’ has as good an autumn display as its spring bronzy leaves. This early leaf bronzing is seldom seen in small young plants in pots.
1947 – CW
Returned from Scotland. Very dry and rain badly wanted. Rho Yellow Hammer very good. Lapagerias nice. All the Rho auriculatum hybrids over. Hydrangeas good. Fuchsias very good.
1926 – JCW
There is nothing better in the place than Clematis panniculata. The fuchsia in the New Planting has flowers. Very little else in bloom.
1924 – JCW
Returned from Scotland last night. A wet cool summer. Most rhodo’s did very well and so did most of the shrubs. Some rhodo’s dead all the same. Not as many flower buds as we hoped but better than last year.
1914 – JCW
Hydrangeas going off. C panniculata good. Solanum nice. Cyclamen fair. Belladonnas very good indeed.
1907 – JCW
Returned from Scotland. Hydrangeas are the best thing. Cyclamen are very good. Roses bad, it has been a cold year, but good for rhodo’s. C panniculata good.
1904 – JCW
Returned from Scotland, have been away for 3 months. The Lithospermum of Sir Francis is the best thing out. Solanums, woodwardias, cassias, musas, lemon plant are all nice. Clematis panniculata promises well. Cyclamen very nice.