Sunday, August 14, 2016
House Circuit (17) 35 years agrowin
The other day I noticed a clump of off-white flowers thrusting itself up, like an aerial cauliflower, from somewhere at the overgrown rear of our old caravan. I got as close as I could and concluded that it must be an Olearia, a daisy bush, and one of the many New Zealand plants I had acquired over the years. It looked most like Olearia x haastii, a natural hybrid. Searching my computer I found a diary entry for the plant and discovered I had bought it from a local nursery in 1981 and planted it at the back of this self-same caravan. Presumably it has been struggling through brambles and nettles for 35 years finally to emerge into the sunshine.
Whilst scrambling about at the rear of the caravan I spotted some clematis flowers high in an old damson tree here. It turned out to be Clematis viticella 'Huldine'. This may be a plant I bought as C. flammula at the same time as the Olearia above. I certainly have no record or recollection of putting C. 'Huldine' anywhere else in the garden.