21st August

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

2017 – CHW

The Lapageria rosea has been out for about a fortnight but I had omitted to photograph it. Only one of the elderly plants survives.

Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
A young plant beside it is doing well with some slug damage to the leaves. This was a gift from Tom Hudson planted with plenty of dung which may flower soon.
A young plant
A young plant
A young plant
A young plant
A young plant
The Magnolia delavayi have all now been cut so the view of the sea from the lawn has been restored.
view of the sea
view of the sea
Paeonia delavayi var. delavayi f. lutea is losing its leaves and its seeds are ripening fast.
Paeonia delavayi var. delavayi f. lutea
Paeonia delavayi var. delavayi f. lutea

2016 – CHW
No entry.

2015 – CHW
Oh dear, the first signs of disease on the common horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) below the Aucklandii Garden. Terrible blotching of the leaves but, since this tree loses its leaves very early in the autumn and they are on the very lowest branches, perhaps not a worry yet? Not the moth larvae disease but the other one? A first for Cornwall that I have seen if it is?

Aesculus hippocastanum
Aesculus hippocastanum
Aesculus hippocastanum
Aesculus hippocastanum

This is the time of the year when honey fungus strikes and, as the grass is cut, so some unexpected deaths appear. Here a Rhododendron Countess of Haddington by the cash point which was in its prime. There was a dead halesia tree here 10 years ago and the long black tendrils of this fungus or phytophtera have probably been living on decaying roots before striking out at something new.

Rhododendron Countess of Haddington
Rhododendron Countess of Haddington

Again it is amazing how close some magnolia seeds are now to being ripe and shedding seed. What a difference the heavy rain has made to seed swelling too in a fortnight. Good show of buds on many magnolias for next spring though too.  I have a whole section on the Burncoose website about propagating magnolias from seed. 

magnolia seeds
Magnolia seeds

1984 – FJW
A good soak of rain – thundery.

1980 – FJW
Drummond Anderson (Rosemary Williams’ son) did and walked the garden aged 18 months.

1961 – FJW
Stellata seed so far no good.

1910 – JCW
We have cleared a large new piece to the left of Mr Will’s Path. The first major clearance for many years. I have found 4 seed pods on the nursery Stellata. A seed pod* on the Wall Garden, form Reticulata is still swelling. Lapageria well out. Auriculatums and hybs flowering very well.
* this picked off and found empty in November.

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