15 July 2014

15th July 1944: fewer warnings, more gardening

15 Sat. Between very mild and rather warm; cloudy, showers. Did some shopping in the morning. Warning from 1.45 to 2.0 p.m. no incident. From 3.15 to 4.0. p.m. one very distant S, one very distant SE. From 5.25 to 6.0 p.m. no incident. Cycled to Morden and Wimbledon in afternoon to buy something. Planted out a long row (33) of polyanthus* plants, given to us by Mr Carter*, Dolly Cooper’s father; the seedlings were raised in Bedford.

The exquisite fawn-salmon pink rose Los Angeles is lovely in the garden to-day, also the rose Crimson Glory has a sport (short?) bloom on it: it is deep crimson with a rich violet overlay; some of the outer petals being pure violet. I must keep the seeds of this bloom and see if I can grow them.

*Note: Fred's usually immaculate diary has a large ink blot on this page, and a couple of words are not clear - Tony


  1. I wonder if Mr Carter was connected to Carter's Tested Seeds, which had a large depository in Raynes Park, approximately where Bodnant/Farnham Gardens now stand.

  2. Yes, indeed, the similar name does make you wonder - see for some glorious photos.

  3. A 'sport' bloom is one that deviates from the normal. Fred's rose sounds striking; no wonder he plans on trying to propagate from the seeds. Very occasionally I have tried to propagate a sport from seed but it has either failed to put out a shoot or the resultant plant has reverted to type.