18th July

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

A garden tour with some South Africans who live in the UK for painfully obvious reasons.

A plant of Rhododendron sinonuttallii is out and nearly over below Slip Rail. Our other plants finished flowering five to six weeks ago. The huge plant which used to live in the Burncoose conservatory was normally out in late July. Come to think of it these flowers are much larger than those which flowered earlier. Is Rhododendron nuttallii different from Rh. sinonuttallii? I guess this rather proves it!

Rhododendron sinonuttallii
Rhododendron sinonuttallii
Rhododendron sinonuttallii
Rhododendron sinonuttallii
In the Main Quarry Rhododendron fortunei subsp discolor is now full out and wonderfully scented (it used to be just Rhododendron discolor). There are green markings within the flowers.
Rhododendron fortunei subsp discolor
Rhododendron fortunei subsp discolor
So here is a fourth large clump of rhododendrons producing a fine scented spectacle in mid July. Discolor, auriculatum, ‘Polar Bear’ and the ‘Harrow Hybrids’. Nothing to see in July of course!
I had been wondering why there was no sign yet this year of the Tropaeolum speciosum in the Camellia sasanqua outside the back yard. The seedlings are popping up under it but have yet to find any braches low enough to twine up. Before long they will.
Tropaeolum speciosum
Tropaeolum speciosum
Tropaeolum speciosum
Tropaeolum speciosum

2016 – CHW

Twitter followers very excited by the listing of Porthluney Beach as a nudist beach (article from westbriton.co.uk), which is not really what we want! A family beach for children to enjoy themselves without jet skis, outboard motors or boats. The nudist beach is actually below the Lookout between Porthluney and Portholland coves and you can only get there down the cliff using a rope. Nudists would do well to keep their clothes on for this bit as the nettles and brambles are bad here.Jaimie and Michael have finished the second grass cut in Kennel Close.

the second grass cut in Kennel Close
the second grass cut in Kennel Close
The keepers are unloading crates of pheasant poults (3,000) for the rookery pen in a heatwave.
keepers are unloading crates of pheasant poults
keepers are unloading crates of pheasant poults

2015 – CHW

Styrax serrulatus is just going over now having been well out for three or more weeks. Planted in 1991 it is now 12 feet tall and as much across. Just as floriferous as Styrax japonicus and rather more so than Styrax hemsleyanus or Styrax wilsonii who hide their flowers in the foliage.

Styrax serrulatus
Styrax serrulatus
Styrax serrulatus
Styrax serrulatus
Styrax serrulatus
Styrax serrulatus

The best thing in the garden today is Rhododendron sinonuttallii. One of three separate clumps which all flower very late but by no means all at the same time. This group were planted by the Rhododendron megacalyx which have now died of old age and need replacing.

Rhododendron sinonuttallii
Rhododendron sinonuttallii
Rhododendron sinonuttallii
Rhododendron sinonuttallii

1993 – FJW
Only dry spell has been Wimbledon (21st June – 4th July). Since then very wet.

1971 – FJW
Charles cut the big bramble in the Drive Azalea – avoided like the plague by us all for decades.

1921 – JCW
Perhaps there are 500 flowers on the Romneya coulteri. There is not much else. It is very hot and dry and is about the record.

1916 – JCW
The first Lapageria is open, and the last Azalea viscosum, I have crossed it with Lanarth azalea.

1897 – JCW
I saw the first cyclamen in flower.

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