10th August

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2018 – CHW

A few nice new plants today at Burncoose.

Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’ is a lovely white in the welcome showers. I have photographed at least five new hibiscus varieties in the last few weeks but not seen this one anywhere else.

Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’
Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’
Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’
Hibiscus syriacus ‘Diana’
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Emperor’ is flowering well as a result of the hot conditions this plant needs to perform in our climate. This is the third variety to flower in the nursery this year.
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Emperor’
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Emperor’
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Emperor’
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Red Emperor’
Passiflora edulis with a couple of fruits forming for the same reason. What colour will they end up? Interesting to see as this has not happened before in the nursery with this tender species.
Passiflora edulis
Passiflora edulis
Pittosporum bicolor was seen this spring in flower on Garnish Island in Eire. We now have plants in stock and the new growth is attractive. Not at all like most pittosporum species in leaf and neither are the flowers.
Pittosporum bicolor
Pittosporum bicolor
Pittosporum bicolor
Pittosporum bicolor

2017 – CHW
Hard pruning of the Magnolia delavayi plants below the castle is taking place. It looks drastic and it is intended to be! These elderly plants regrow over the top of the wall at such speed that they obscure the views of the sea from the downstairs windows. They also block the gutters with their huge old leaves above the garages. We are shredding all but the largest branches and leaving the residue as a mulch for the roots. You can see two days’ worth of progress in these pictures. At least two more to go. We will leave the Magnolia grandiflora beyond the delavayi uncut because there is a demand for their bark from a peculiar source! (And I am not telling you what that is!)

Pruning Magnolia delavayi
Pruning Magnolia delavayi
Pruning Magnolia delavayi
Pruning Magnolia delavayi
Pruning Magnolia delavayi
Pruning Magnolia delavayi
pruning of the Magnolia delavayi
pruning of the Magnolia delavayi
pruning of the Magnolia delavayi
pruning of the Magnolia delavayi
pruning of the Magnolia delavayi
pruning of the Magnolia delavayi

2016 – CHW

No entry.

2015 – CHW
No entry.

1992 – FJW
Has been damp for a month with no really heavy or prolonged rain. Eucryphia of all sorts are out well – very early for them.

1962 – FJW
Philips operation a success. Season still late – Eucryphia not nearly out. Auriculatum hybrids lasting well. Acer laxiflorum above Orchid House Nursery died suddenly.

1918 – JCW
Michael went round with me, he has not been here since January 15, he was very keen about the things, nothing much open now but the mountain forms.