23rd 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

2017 – CHW

I wanted to revisit the Lapageria rosea as this plant is now back on our website and we are missing a few pictures. From a distance the flowers look red but they are actually a gentle pink close up. Sometimes the flowers are in trusses and sometimes single. The flowering season is two to three months.

Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Only one Echium pininana flower spike still has a few flowers left on it. The rest are brown and dead or have blown over. Not before scattering seeds everywhere though!
Echium pininana
Echium pininana
Echium pininana
Echium pininana
Echium pininana
Echium pininana
Plenty of seed forming on both the original Camellia saluenensis which Asia will soon need to collect.
Camellia saluenensis
Camellia saluenensis
Camellia saluenensis
Camellia saluenensis
The magnolias outside the back yard have few seed pods this year and, in consequence, loads of buds for next spring. The seed pods are small and some have only the odd seed in the pod so little wasted energy on seeding and more buds!
magnolias outside the back yard
magnolias outside the back yard
magnolias outside the back yard
magnolias outside the back yard
magnolias outside the back yard
magnolias outside the back yard
The flowers on Hydrangea seemanii are setting loads of seeds. Hardly worth bothering to collect them for propagating as this plant forms aerial roots and cuttings are easy.
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Campsis radicans full out against the wall outside the back yard. The new telegraph pole and new transformer over the wall being installed shortly may well destroy this gorgeous plant which I planted 25 years ago.
Campsis radicans
Campsis radicans
Campsis radicans
Campsis radicans

2016 – CHW
Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana. The first looks more like Hydrangea villosa but the bark seems wrong for villosa while the second (seen previously in this year’s diary) has much larger leaves and is nearly over.
The true Hydrangea villosa on the opposite side of the drive is virtually over too.

Not a lot to differentiate the two species in some clones.

Hydrangea sargentiana
Hydrangea sargentiana
Hydrangea sargentiana
Hydrangea sargentiana
second (seen previously in this year’s diary)
second (seen previously in this year’s diary)
second (seen previously in this year’s diary)
second (seen previously in this year’s diary)
Hydrangea aspera ssp robusta is still in tight bud but its leaf and bark is virtually identical to Hydrangea sargentiana. But for the very late flowering of robusta you would be very pushed to tell them apart.
Hydrangea aspera ssp robusta
Hydrangea aspera ssp robusta
Hydrangea aspera ssp robusta
Hydrangea aspera ssp robusta

2015 – CHW
More heavy rain and the holiday season at its zenith. Typical Cornish summer but wonderful for second growth in the garden. Grass cutting nearly finished but we will definitely need a full second cut after all this rain. Cotoneaster horizontalis putting on its show of orange berries early after the wet weather. A lovely herringbone effect. This climber or groundcover plant used to do the same job as the Rubus tricolor (Korean raspberry) did (see Tuesday 18th August).

Cotoneaster horizontalis
Cotoneaster horizontalis
Cotoneaster horizontalis
Cotoneaster horizontalis

Erigerion karvinskianus (mucronatus) opposite the front door is a marvellous plant for semi naturalising in a wall or hedge and self seeds everywhere. It flowers all summer with white flowers turning pink. An absolute must for coastal gardens and a plant which Burncoose sells in hundreds.

Erigerion karvinskianus (mucronatus)
Erigerion karvinskianus (mucronatus)
Erigerion karvinskianus (mucronatus)
Erigerion karvinskianus (mucronatus)
A few leftovers from the film crew, plastic flowers in the Camellia Lady Clare, fake urns with plastic flowers and a decorated summerhouse. It all goes tomorrow thankfully.  If you don’t know already parts of the Caerhays Estate (mainly East Portholland) are featured in the new Tim Burton movie to be released in 2016, called Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Plastic flowers
Plastic flowers
Urns with plastic flowers
Urns with plastic flowers
Urns with plastic flowers
Urns with plastic flowers
Urns with plastic flowers
Urns with plastic flowers
Decorated summerhouse
Decorated summerhouse
Echium pinnifolium
Echium pinnifolium

The Echium pinnifolium flower is now dead and seeding hard but next year’s crop of this biannual plant looks ready to go outside the Drawing Room window.

1995 – FJW
2 hours rain – no rain for 3 weeks – very hot. Summer supposed to be the driest since early 1700’s.

1986 – FJW
Momma died.

1942 – CW
All 3 big Magnolias on wall have several flowers. Both big Parviflora and the big Sinensis have late flowers and Saluenensis – several Lapagerias and cyclamen. Fuchsias good but feel the heavy rains of the last weeks.

1916 – JCW
The following rhodo’s show flowers or bits of flowers. R flavidum, R fastigiatum – keysii – decorum – Cunninghams yellow – 10333 – intricatum, R spaeranthum.

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