Plenty of seed on Stachyurus praecox on the drive. Very different in appearance to the racemes of seed on Stachyurus chinensis.
Secondary flowers, as usual, on Magnolia ‘Iolanthe’.
Heptacodium miconoides is just coming out. This is spreading into a large shrub with quite some late season impact.
Quercus cerris ‘Argenteovariegata’ stands out nicely in the sun. A wonderful colour combination but some green shoots that have reverted and need cutting out. I did this in the spring but more have appeared.
Olearia solandri ‘Aurea’ is just coming out. A good plant as a ‘sacrifice’ in a new planting. It will soon be time to remove it as it has done its job. Slightly golden leaves and bark. Tiny but prolific flowers.
Magnolia ‘March-till-Frost’ is living up to its name. Very dark coloured flowers indeed and much darker than last year’s.
Huge seed pods on Magnolia ‘Big Dude’. Plenty to collect here.
Luma apiculata ‘Glenlean Gold’ is another sacrifice plant grown here as a windbreak in the new planting above the greenhouse. Soon time for it to go having done its job – or all three plants actually.
One of Karol’s small size new labels in place. No seeds on ‘Tina Durio’ but plenty of buds for next year.
2016 – CHW
The Garden Diary is littered with references over the last 100 years to the lapagerias being out by the front door in the autumn and indeed even in January. In more recent times it is not that unusual to see them out in August. This is a very ancient and very scruffy surviving plant but still laden with flowers. One flower is clearly nearly over already.
Fuchsia exorticatica which has been featured in this diary in flower several times since this January is now showing a fine crop of ripe reddish turning black seeds. If it did not propagate so easily from cuttings there might be a point in collecting them. The foliage is starting to go purple and, when the leaf drops, we will be able to see more fully the glorious peeling bark of this exceptional eight to ten feet tall shrub. All fuchsia lovers, as I was in my teens, should have this in their collection.
The much younger Lapageria ‘Picotee’ also looks pretty horrid although it has grown considerably into the camellia alongside it this year. Nevertheless, amid its annual ugly dieback, and in the camellia, are many more flowers than might be expected. We gave this plant a good mulch in the spring which has helped. Lapagerias like their roots in the shade (or under a slate or mulch covering) and their long climbing tendrils in partial but not scorching sun. Much like Tropaeolum speciosum in fact which has yet to flower in nearby camellias. I saw the tropaeolum full out last week in Northumberland.
I have just given a talk to a wealthy out of season German group of eight. They had seen the sex scenes in the Rosamunde Pilcher episode filmed here last summer and ‘just had to visit’ (I quote). Rosamunde Pilcher is the German equivalent of Poldark with more sex which Germans watch on Sunday afternoons! The (rather slim) wives looked well up to it!
2015 – CHW
A fine display of Prunus laurocerasus berries below Slip Rail. The laurels are yellowish here near a huge fir tree where they bake in the sun with little moisture. Hence the berries which you seldom see on cut laurel hedges.
Major collapse of an old Pinus insignis below Hovel Cart Road. Just the main trunk left and a terrible mess in the Rhododendron Cornish Reds below. These old firs put on huge numbers of fir cones just before they die. These open in the sun and then after rain the weight becomes too much for the tree and it collapses on a very still day. Nature’s way of spreading seed to the surrounding area but the moral of the story is do not sit under a Pinus radiata (insignis) in August!
1961 – FJW
Harvest definitely finished. 35cwt average per acre. Best fields – School House Meadow and Eastern Close 50m cwt.
1959 – FJW
Lapagerias have been out for some time.
1941 – CW
One or two Lapagerias out for a week – Red Azalea by Tin Garden still in flower [probably Rh prunifolium as it is still there 2016]. Auriculatum hybrids mostly going over but lots for the house still. Fuchsias at their best and been good for six weeks. Eucryphia nymansensis just past best. Big Cordifolia well out on top. A lot of rain all this month. Harvest bad.