25th August

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Third grass cut of the year for Kennel Close. Excellent growth this year all round the new plantings.

grass cut of the year for Kennel Close
grass cut of the year for Kennel Close
grass cut of the year for Kennel Close
grass cut of the year for Kennel Close
In my mind I had always thought that this tree was a carpinus (hornbeam) species. How stupid! Its flowers today are certainly not catkins! This, according to the planting plans, is Tilia kiusiana, planted in 2001. Hillier’s omits to mention that it flowers in the autumn but today this tree (Hillier’s say generally a bush) clearly has ‘lime-like’ flowers which are covered in bees and flies. I have never seen this species in flower before so this is a first for us at Caerhays. Tilia henryana is an autumn flowering lime (not out yet) as well so we now have two limes which flower out of season. Peculiar, but a rather splendid surprise today. The scent is definitely lime like too but would be unpleasant indoors. We must now have 12 to 15 new lime species growing on mainly in Kennel Close. T. kiusiana is well worth putting in the new Burncoose catalogue.
Tilia kiusiana
Tilia kiusiana
Tilia kiusiana
Tilia kiusiana
Tilia kiusiana
Tilia kiusiana
Tilia kiusiana
Tilia kiusiana
Tilia kiusiana
Tilia kiusiana
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’ has two enormous seed pods which Asia will need to watch and gather when ripe. We must also keep an eye out for seeds on Magnolia officinalis var biloba in Penvergate to see if this has seed pods too. Time for Asia to watch the various new species/forms of paulownia which we saw flower in the spring for seeds as well.
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’

2016 – CHW
Another trip to photograph new plants for the 2017 catalogue and some existing catalogue plants looking exceptional.Begonia ‘Betitochiba’ looks to have a nice red flower and is apparently hardy to -5°. We will see! Begonia Rex like perhaps?
Begonia ‘Betitochiba’
Begonia ‘Betitochiba’
Begonia ‘Betitochiba’
Begonia ‘Betitochiba’
Polyanthes tuberosa – I have never seen this double form better in a pot at Burncoose. Exquisite scent.
Polyanthes tuberosa
Polyanthes tuberosa
Polyanthes tuberosa
Polyanthes tuberosa
Podranea ricasoliana – a most vibrant and late flowering climber which ought to be better known. Quite as good as the campsis which are now nearly over in the nursery.
Podranea ricasoliana
Podranea ricasoliana
Podranea ricasoliana
Podranea ricasoliana
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’ – I have seen this many times at Ventnor Botanics and admired it hugely. Now we have a decent stock plant in full flower too in the show tunnel. Outstanding and probably the best grevillea?
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’
Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’
Banksia integrifolia – the first time I have ever seen it in flower at Burncoose. Performing well as a stock plant in the show tunnel.
Banksia integrifolia
Banksia integrifolia
Banksia integrifolia
Banksia integrifolia
Cautleya spicata ‘Robusta’ – the hardy ‘ginger lily’ which is new to us although clearly our oversight.
Cautleya spicata ‘Robusta’
Cautleya spicata ‘Robusta’
Cautleya spicata ‘Robusta’
Cautleya spicata ‘Robusta’
Echinacea ‘White Meditation’ – yet another ‘new’ one. Who is breeding so many new colours? This one chubby but unremarkable!
Echinacea ‘White Meditation’
Echinacea ‘White Meditation’
Echinacea ‘White Meditation’
Echinacea ‘White Meditation’

2015 – CHW
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’ on the bank by the quarry is starting to colour up as it should from pure white which we showed a month or so ago.

Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’

1991 – FJW
Great Destroyer left Bond Street after completing clearance work up from pond – start of a warm week.

1914 – JCW
Roses in the three beds are nice, Cassia good, cyclamen good, hydrangeas very good. Lapagerias some.

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