5th August

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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

More from Ventnor Botanics.

A Cordyline australis seed head larger than the leaves on the plant.

Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Clerodendron bungei suckers now full out.
Clerodendron bungei
Clerodendron bungei
Clerodendron bungei
Clerodendron bungei
Eucomis autumnalis with white flowers. Not autumn either!
Eucomis autumnalis
Eucomis autumnalis
Eucomis autumnalis
Eucomis autumnalis
Seed on Pittosporum crassifolium – not seen before.
Pittosporum crassifolium
Pittosporum crassifolium
Sophora microphylla. 12-15ft tall here.
Sophora microphylla
Sophora microphylla
Pseudopanax crassifolius as a 10-12ft small tree.
Pseudopanax crassifolius
Pseudopanax crassifolius
Pseudopanax crassifolius
Pseudopanax crassifolius
Pseudopanax laetus 12-15ft in height.
Pseudopanax laetus
Pseudopanax laetus
Pseudopanax laetus
Pseudopanax laetus
The disease killing mature clumps of Cordyline australis which we see a lot of in Falmouth has reached Ventnor.
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Pseudopanax ferox leaves on a small plant.
Pseudopanax ferox
Pseudopanax ferox
Huge pea like seed pods on Phormium tenax.
Phormium tenax
Phormium tenax
Phormium tenax
Phormium tenax
Colletia hystrix 12ftx10ft.
Colletia hystrix
Colletia hystrix
Colletia hystrix
Colletia hystrix
Catalpa bignonoides full out rather earlier than usual.
Catalpa bignonoides
Catalpa bignonoides
Catalpa bignonoides
Catalpa bignonoides
Cordyline australis ‘Purpurea’ with huge seed heads.
Cordyline australis ‘Purpurea’
Cordyline australis ‘Purpurea’
Cordyline australis ‘Purpurea’
Cordyline australis ‘Purpurea’
Cordyline australis ‘Purpurea’
Cordyline australis ‘Purpurea’
A Cordyline australis tree or two alive and well here.
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis
Cordyline australis

2016 – CHW
How good it is to be back and enjoy the Cornish air and absolute quiet! The hydrangeas on the drive are now a real show and the newer, more interesting varieties, are showing up as well as those which have been here for at least 70 to 80 years. This has all added a whole new dimension to the ‘summer flowering garden’ and the Hydrangea paniculatas are still only just starting to come out.More on these soon.
hydrangeas on the drive
hydrangeas on the drive
hydrangeas on the drive
hydrangeas on the drive
hydrangeas on the drive
hydrangeas on the drive

2015 – CHW
Already huge seed pods on the Magnolia sargentiana robusta hybrid/seedling on the mound outside the Back Yard. What energy this must take out of the tree and over seeding inevitably reduces the amount of flower next March.

huge seed pods on the Magnolia sargentiana robusta
huge seed pods on the Magnolia sargentiana robusta
I have not yet stopped to photograph the Chinese native Magnolia delavayi hedge below the lawn which protects the pointing in the wall so well. It has had flowers for six weeks or so already and many more to come between now and perhaps November. The flowers last only a day or two in full sun and the best scent is in the evenings with petals shattered on the ground. These plants are cut back from the top of the wall every 10 years or so which keeps the plants rejuvenating and full of flower. Cold east wind in February can strip the leaves occasionally but they soon reshoot with a little die back. The seed pods look impressive but, in our climate, no seed ever sets. This species is very difficult from cuttings.
Magnolia delavayi
Magnolia delavayi
Magnolia delavayi
Magnolia delavayi
Magnolia delavayi
Magnolia delavayi
Further along the wall towards the Tower is Magnolia grandiflora from the USA doing exactly the same job with even more enormous and short lived flowers. Again evening scent to attract moths and night time insects. Again easy to cut back and no setting seeds. There used to be individual plants of Magnolia grandiflora ‘Maryland’ and ‘Goliath’ interspersed but these seem to have died out since I last looked closely which was probably years ago.
Magnolia grandiflora
Magnolia grandiflora
Magnolia grandiflora
Magnolia grandiflora
The last two times I have gone to look for the rare Mexican Magnolia dealbata its intermittent flowers were either not out or over. Just about the only species not featured/photographed this year.

1989 – FJW
Harvest all in – very very dry – spring barley poor, winter barley good.

1950 – CW
First lapageria out 2 days ago. Eucryphia pinnatifolia at its best only odd flowers on Nymansensis, a few cyclamen. A lot of Auriculatum hybrids still good and some not out. An odd Mag parviflora. Lots of both Grandiflora. A lot of rain for some weeks after a very dry spell.

1917 – JCW
Went round the garden with Harrow of Edinburgh, we found some flowers on Adenogynum, Idoneum[?], 10311, Rupicolum, Flavidum, Hippophaeoides, Keysii, Decorum, Fortunei, Auriculatum, Fasitigiatum, Intricatum.

1913 – JCW
Roses in the beds are very nice. White everlasting peas good. R magnifica fair, it is very dry. Gros au Felity very nice and so the Romneya. The Tin Garden work has finished.

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