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C.Sanders, Hampshire

Seasonal notes

Looking Good in the Garden in September 2014

The massed display of Hydrangeas around Mallard Pond is looking very colourful and will continue flowering long into the autumn (sometimes as late as Christmas). Chilean Myrtle (Luma apiculata) is to be found growing in many areas of the garden.  It can be easily distinguished by its smooth cinnamon coloured bark and pretty, small white flowers. Around the Chris Cross (E11*) the highly scented Incense Bush (Ageratina ligustrinum) is filling the air with its perfume. Another lovely fragrant large shrub/small tree to look out for is Clerodendrum trichotomum var. fargesii at the beginning of Camellia Walk (B05*), at the top of Lawn Path (G05*) and on the banks at the bottom of Beach Path (E21)*.  It comes from Western China and has beautiful clusters of white tubular flowers with an amazing perfume. Another member of the same family, Clerodendrum bungei (C04)* has heart-shaped leaves and claret coloured flowers. Several more unusual plants to bring to your attention: Grevillea avellana (Chilean Hazelnut)(G16*), an unusual member of the Protea family from S.America– our specimen is the largest in England and is in flower this month.  On Badgers Walk the spectacular leaves of Tetrapanaxpapyrifera ‘Rex’ (H09*) are worth a look!  Fine paper was made from the pith of these leaves for watercolour painting in China. On Camellia Walk (B06)* and also Beach Path (E19)* the lovely fast-growing evergreen tree from NZ, Hoheria sexstylosa has starry white flowers. Finally, on Petry’s Path (J09)* Clethra arborea– lustrous deep green leaves provide the perfect backdrop for fragrant,
late summer blossoms, very similar to those from which it gets its common name– Lily of the Valley tree.

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