8th August

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

2017 – CHW

Overhanging our garden is Acacia dealbata loaded with ripe seeds. They hang down in tassels like sophora seeds.

Acacia dealbata
Acacia dealbata
Acacia dealbata
Acacia dealbata
One of those big leaved hebes that grow badly in wet Cornwall is doing well here in Seaview. This is Hebe ‘Great Orme’ I think.
Hebe ‘Great Orme’
Hebe ‘Great Orme’

2016 – CHW
No entry.
2015 – CHW
Several people have commented on the extraordinary colour of a clump of mophead hydrangeas up from Red Linney on the bank. They are Hydrangea Selma, planted in 2009 and billed as being a very dark red. In our acid soil they are as dark a purple as I have ever seen in a hydrangea and quite superb in full sun.

Hydrangea Selma
Hydrangea Selma
Hydrangea Selma
Hydrangea Selma
Above Four in Hand is a late flowering buddleia with small purple flower spikes; Buddleia lindleyana. A Chinese species which is strikingly beautiful and introduced in 1843 by Robert Fortune.
Buddleia linleyana
Buddleia linleyana
Buddleia linleyana
Buddleia linleyana
Buddleia linleyana
Buddleia linleyana
On the top wall are very old clumps of Fuchsia magellanica ‘Alba’. It flowers sparsely in shade and the white flowers have a faint mauve tinge. According to Hillier’s the correct name is now Fuchsia magallanica var molinae whereas the ‘true’ ‘Alba’ has a pink corolla! JCW collected fuchsia species in the 1930s and this, like Fuchsia gracilis and Fuchsia riccartonii, is one of the few survivors. It enjoys frequent pruning but would grow to six feet if left unchecked and has nice peeling bark in winter when the woody stems are mature. A few of the hardier fuchsia hybrids which I collected 40 plus years ago still survive in the bed along from the old gents’ urinal but I can no longer remember their names and most are hardy reds with blueish-purple corollas. Pretty dull by fuchsia standards today. Without a conservatory most of the species offered by Burncoose now are simply too tender. I wonder if JCW tried any fuchsia hybrids? Certainly P D Williams at Lanarth produced some erica hybrids which are still sold today and introduced the Spanish Erica canaliculata to Cornwall.
Fuchsia magellanica ‘Alba’
Fuchsia magellanica ‘Alba’
Fuchsia magellanica ‘Alba’
Fuchsia magellanica ‘Alba’
Fuchsia magellanica ‘Alba’
Fuchsia magellanica ‘Alba’

1917 – JCW
Some R decorum, Auriculatum going over, several kinds of mountain rhodo’n show flowers. 10332 is the best. Buddleia veitchii is nearly over, the dark one is good. The hydrangeas have begun – Romneya and a hybrid Gladiolus are good. Some fair Cyclamen.

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