Highlights: 11.7.07

  • Chordospartum stevensonii

    Chordospartum stevensonii

    Chordospartium stevensonii a woody Legume from South Island, N.Z. The pink bands of tiny flowers have a delicate scent. Growing by the South facing wall next to the Chilean Area & the Linnaeus Monument

  • Lilium regale three clumps straggling the pathway to the Queen Mother’s Memorial garden, leaning into the light. Muted red buds open white and have a heavy perfume, intensifying as the day warms up
  • Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ . A fine group with dense lilac flower spikes is growing in the demonstration garden
  • Three hybrid tea roses in the Queen Mother’s Memorial garden, ‘Princess Alexandra’, ‘Golden Jubilee’, ‘Diamond Jubilee’
  • Philadelphus x purpureo-maculatus ‘Sybille’ Large white flowers growing in demonstation garden
  • Viburnum henryi is awash with creamy white panicles of flowers, these scent the corner of the wall and path to the east of the Orchid house. A native of Central China, look out for the fruit in autumn
  • Nepeta ‘Six Hills Hybrid’, middle of the herbaceous border release essential oils as the temperature rises.


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  1. Dr Philip Simpson

    I understand that seed of Chordospartium stevensonii ( now Carmichaelia) was first sent to Britain by a Mr Humphrey Weld of the Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand around 1900 or earlier, before the species was actually described by Thomas Cheeseman in 1910. I wonder if you have any records of this first propagation or of any other examples of it growing in Britain since then. Thank you. Philip