Down the Park everything was lush because of the rain but the stunning show of Carnassia had ben cut off in their prime which was sad although Waveney had waited in fairness a long time before mowing.
Thanks to Craig and Dave King delivering another huge bag of both soil improver and bark mulch we were able to plant both the seven Rhododendrons grown from seed of those originally planted by Joseph Hooker in Darjeeling and Elizabeth Grant's blue bamboo.
All that is left to plant is the Hooker oak waiting for children from Edgar Sewter School to plant this on June 27th.
Sikkim Rhododendrons all grown from seed taken from plants Hooker planted in Darjeeling Joseph’s happiest times were clambering through the near vertical Forests of Rhododendrons and Magnolias in Sikkim
D - Rhododendron arboretum pink
E - Rhododendron thomsonii named by Joseph after his friend: To this species I give the name of Dr. Thomas Thomson, surgeon, late of the Thibetian Mission, son of the learned Professor of Chemistry of Glasgow University, my earliest friend and companion during my College life, and now my valued travelling companion in Eastern Himalaya.
F - Rhododendron Cinnabarinum xanthcodon orange
G - Rhododendron Ciliatum white tinged with pink
H - Rhododendron Campanulatum may be white, pale rose or lilac with wonderful glossy foliage
I - Rhododendron Barbatum scarlet flowers
J - Rhododendron Maddeni white
One sadness - the split willow has been cut down in its entirety where part of this old tree should have been saved. Need for real specialists to take a sensitive knowledgeable eye to saving rather than hacking.
Back to pop up shop and successful getting views on town and selling the lovely Tea Towels which are going like hot cakes. Plants and books also selling and raffle tickets.
Then walk back along Thoroughfare which is looking floral as it should and past Hooker House. A great day and back to do this blog on this website.
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