19th July

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’ is now full out.

Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’
Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’
Behind it is a Stewartia pseudocamellia, a Crug Farm collection, doing really well at 10ft or so but I missed it in flower. A few seed pods are now obvious at the very end of long twigs. Will not forget next year.
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Stewartia pseudocamellia
A young plant of Tetradium fraxinifolium is doing well. Purplish-black hue to the leaf stalks.
Tetradium fraxinifolium
Tetradium fraxinifolium
Tetradium fraxinifolium
Tetradium fraxinifolium
Schefflera myriocarpa has two flowers about to emerge at 15ft or so. Excellent foliage and another one we should be selling.
Schefflera myriocarpa
Schefflera myriocarpa
Schefflera myriocarpa
Schefflera myriocarpa
Schefflera myriocarpa
Schefflera myriocarpa
Schefflera pauciflora has a flower coming too but not much foliage.
Schefflera pauciflora
Schefflera pauciflora
At last a young Magnolia nitida tucked away in shelter which looks as though it will grow on into a decent tree. After many failures to re-establish this rare species this is good news.
Magnolia nitida
Magnolia nitida
Then another pleasant surprise and rather a big one. Huge blue-black cones weeping white sap in profusion on Abies pinsapo growing now to about 15ft in Kennel Close. There were certainly no cones last year. Planted in 2009. This is the Spanish fir or hedgehog fir.
Abies pinsapo
Abies pinsapo
Abies pinsapo
Abies pinsapo
Abies pinsapo
Abies pinsapo
Abies delavayi is growing nearby and also has its first cones. These are more rounded and barrel shaped than A. pinsapo with large spikes or spines which are also blueish-violet. The leaf structure is more dense as you can see. Of Indian and Chinese origin.
Abies delavayi
Abies delavayi
Abies delavayi
Abies delavayi
Abies delavayi
Abies delavayi

Both are novelties to me and very well worth growing!

Good purplish secondary new growth on Liquidambar calycina. This plant is seriously taking off in its third year from planting out.

Liquidambar calycina
Liquidambar calycina
Liquidambar calycina
Liquidambar calycina

2016 – CHW
Five hours with a BT surveyor on the hottest day of the year trying to work out the cost and practicalities of bringing fibre optic cable from the new Superfast box in West Portholland to the castle and village. The BT plans are not very accurate but fortunately the existing cable is in ducting for about 25% of the route rather than on poles. Relatively easy to pull another cable through the ducting. For five years we and everyone on the estate have struggled with 3-4mbs of broadband speed. We may now have a solution which will not cost nearly as much as the alternatives if BT play ball.Pterocarya fraxinifolia is developing seeds in what were long trailing catkin-like flowers. The trailing seed pods are an attractive yellowish-green and I have not seen these before on the tree outside the back yard which my father was given by Lord Falmouth. It is a suckering tree which needs a huge amount of room to develop into a clump unless you cut the suckers off each year as they do at Wisley and Tregothnan.
Pterocarya fraxinifolia
Pterocarya fraxinifolia
Pterocarya fraxinifolia
Pterocarya fraxinifolia
Hydrangea quercifolia is just coming out nicely on the drive. These are very short lived plants.
Hydrangea quercifolia
Hydrangea quercifolia
Hydrangea quercifolia
Hydrangea quercifolia

2015 – CHWThe fruit clusters of Lithocarpus pachyphyllus seed are already much in evidence and what a crop this year! Branches will break under the weight of the seeds by autumn. However the puzzle is why are there still flower spikes in profusion when the seed has already set? There were trailing female catkins evident in March and some of the new inflorescences at the tips of the twigs look the same. The shorter inflorescences further back on the stem would seem to be male but why appear now? I hope this is not all a sign that this record tree is dying.

Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Quercus acuta has acorns showing but we have never seen them flesh out fully. This lovely evergreen oak is easy from cuttings.
Quercus acuta
Quercus acuta
Quercus acuta
Quercus acuta
Quercus acuta
Quercus acuta

1990 – FJW
Lapageria out. Wilson’s fortunei (discolor) has been outstanding.

1963 – FJW
Metrosideros lucida flowering very well indeed.

1927 – JCW
Buddleia’s nice 3-4 varieties. Plagianthus good. Romneya very good. American Pillars out a month is now on the downgrade.

1925 – JCW
American Pillar wanes. Buddleia opening. Romneya good. Plagianthus opening and is quite nice now. No crop of discolor or of auriculation or of weyrichii. Decorum, Falconeri is just over, it is very late for some things.

1910 – JCW
L giganteum nearly over. Brunonis over, R coulteri fair. Mitraria good. R cinnabarinum going back. Buddleias show colour.

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