I am always on the lookout for rare or unusual plants - a Pocket-handkerchief Tree perhaps or a Buckeye, but with one exception the plantings were safe and predictable. The novelty was a Bladder Nut, a Staphylea species. The Head Gardener said it was from North America and I didn't want to pursue the point but I thought all in the genus were Old World plants. The foliage was pinnate and I concluded that the species was Staphylea pinnata. Not only is the species from central Europe but it is naturalised in parts of Britain, such as south Lincolnshire. So not really an adventurous planting.
|Staphylea pinnata in fruit. Steane House Gardens. 19 June, 2019|
The fruit capsules of Crown Imperials are rather striking.
Steane House Gardens, 19 June, 2019
|Lily Beetles were present on the Crown Imperials.|