Gaultheria procumbens still with good clusters of red berries.
Skimmia japonica ‘Veitchii’ just as good beside it.
While Skimmia japonica ‘Kew White’ is nearly in flower alongside.
Corylus avellana ‘Contorta’ with early catkins.
A deadish sweet chestnut fell across the drive today at Burncoose. Rob was leaf blowing only three paces away so a lucky escape. Not much wind and not a tree I had spotted or marked for felling in my September tree survey.
Michelia ‘Fairy White’ is laden with buds only three years on from planting out in the garden. A valuable new New Zealand bred plant.
The yellowish deciduous azalea which is always out for Christmas is at it again on the Burncoose drive. There is one which does this too at Caerhays but I have never seen or read about this aberration before. Can anyone match this?
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ looking good by the main nursery.
Salvia ‘Royal Bumble’ in full flower in the cash point too for Christmas.
2016 – CHW The two young Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigatas’ are now full out in the sun.
One can only marvel at the Ginkgo biloba as its astonishing show this year finally drops. Eight weeks of splendour!
Magnolia dawsoniana still has most of its leaves which are nicely coloured in the sun.
Fuchsia gracilis still has a few flowers left after the leaves have fallen. Not the only fuchsia still out by any means!
2015 – CHW
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ is out outside the front gate. Two youngish plants. No hint of pink in the buds as there should be but no buds left. There is a very old plant of this on the top wall which has mottled pink flowers or pink blotches and a nice scent. This is not out yet but John Bond, former keeper of the gardens at Windsor, said this is the true form of ‘Narumigata’ and the plants sold today are imposters.
2000 – FJW
Lukay Lu taken away [by the police but he returns a few months later and is jumped on eating a mole hill – ie earth – at the Top Lodge by gardeners].
1979 – FJW
A very bad storm (wind 120mph). Burncoose a disaster area with the centre of the Drive flattened. Many trees down here. No electric for 36 hours.
1957 – FJW
Very early year but cold weather now seems to be on way. Sasanquas over. Engine House Camellia white over, but white cam by front door just coming. Storm damage to Reticulata above Beards House and beech tree down in Beech Walk. 6 – 8 Saluenensis and Camellias out. Mucronulatum by brown gate nearly over.
1931 – JCW
Much as in 1915, the Japanese honeysuckle is very good indeed and has no rival. Some wonderful Gordonia flowers are open. Few of the new fuchsias hold on, a good few fuchsia but no gardenias.
1915 – JCW
C sasanqua has several flowers open, no real show on it this year. Lapagerias are fair. Erica hybrida has begun. A small flower or two of Rho mucronulatum.
1902 – JCW
Some quite good Crimson Rambler now. A few Stylosa, several coums, Camellia sasanqua yet.
1900 – JCW
Returned from Smithfield, a great move in the daffs in the pans and also in the Tin Garden. The first big move above ground that we have had. Several coums open.