2021 – CHW
Rubus ichangensis just coming into flower. The fruits will be very late!
Fat rounded seeds on Styrax hookeri. Not many flowers this year but more seed than I expected.
To the new plantings in Tin Garden.An unnamed Styrax species collected by Nick Macer (NJM 11.013) is covered in pendulous seeds in its first year of planting. Worth Asia collecting.
The first flush of autumn colour on Cladastris kentuckea.
Astonishingly good blue new growth on Rhododendron cinnabarinum concatenans Group.
A visit by Harry Watkins who is writing a PhD paper on magnolias. A very wet afternoon so the pictures are dreadful. Harry is not fazed by the rain. Copious fruit on Cornus kousa ‘Gold Star’. Very good indeed.
Lomatia ferruginea is just going over.
Hoheria sextylosa is at last out. Very late and later than other hoheria species but Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’ is still in tight bud which is most unusual. In the nursery they had flower in early August.
1995 – FJW
It looks as if the drought is now over – the worst since 1976 and probably the worst I have seen.
1971 – FJW
All corn in – and nearly all straw – yield good.
1962 – FJW
Pinnatifolia past best, Nymansensis at its best – no lapageria. The season has been 3 weeks late all through the year.
1914 – JCW
Cyclamen, solanum, cassia, hydrangeas, roses are very good. The lapagerias coming on. R flavidum has some nice flowers open and also R decorum, Wilson’s best Intricatum is good.