20th July

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana. One with huge leaves and one with tiny ones. The smaller flowers look like Hydrangea villosa at first but not when you examine the flower more closely. The blue and light blue anthers are quite different too. Seven separate plants in two batches were planted here in 2008/9. Three survive!

Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana
Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana
Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana
Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana
Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana
Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana
Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana
Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana
Illicium majus has settled in over the last three years but has yet to flower here. Huge wrinkled leaves. Will it prove too tender for us? Time will tell.
Illicium majus
Illicium majus
Illicium majus
Illicium majus
Another, rather paler, young Hydrangea sargentiana at Donkey Shoe. Planted as a three but only one survives. One died because I stupidly cut it back thinking it was dead too early in the spring. There used to be an elderly clump of H. sargentiana here years ago which sprawled rather than being upright as this one is.
Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana
Hydrangea sargentiana
Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana
Hydrangea sargentiana
Two very different forms of Hydrangea sargentiana
Hydrangea sargentiana
The old Magnolia macrophylla has one or two flowers out sitting high above a tall rhododendron so very hard to get a sightline to photograph it. The flowers last only a day or two.
Magnolia macrophylla
Magnolia macrophylla
Halesia macgregorii – I stupidly misnamed this as a rehderodendron last week but the new growth is still very fine! Did anyone notice the error?
Halesia macgregorii
Halesia macgregorii
Halesia macgregorii
Halesia macgregorii
A Melliodendron xylocarpum is hopefully finally on its way after two previous disasters. Planted this spring. Mice got the last one over winter in the greenhouse. They only eat the rarest and best things!
Melliodendron xylocarpum
Melliodendron xylocarpum
Styrax tonkinensis has, however, joined the dodo. I fear this new species may be too tender for us to grow even in Cornwall. Not the first of these to die but another bigger one in the frames to go out and try next year.
Styrax tonkinensis
Styrax tonkinensis
Stewartia serrata (2017 planted) seems to be on its way. Rather different shaped leaves to other species. Rather small serrations on the leaves but delicate new growth.
Stewartia serrata
Stewartia serrata
Stewartia serrata
Stewartia serrata

2016 – CHW
Camellia grisjii on the drive has startling red, I think, secondary new growth which makes it stand out from the rest of the camellia avenue. A very early flowering variety with good scent. Attractive all year round.Agapanthus campanulatus ‘Rosewarne’ has large rounded flowers which are sky blue, fading a little later. When a single bulb produces a single flower the ‘flowerballs’ are even larger but here, in long established and crowded clumps which have been in the same spot for decades, they can be a bit smaller.

Agapanthus campanulatus ‘Rosewarne’
Agapanthus campanulatus ‘Rosewarne’
Agapanthus campanulatus ‘Rosewarne’
Agapanthus campanulatus ‘Rosewarne’
2015 – CHW
Hydrangea seemanii full out over the arch by the back yard. What a spectacle this self clinging evergreen climber actually makes. It first flowered in Cornwall 25 or so years ago at Trevarno where after dinner we once had a drunken inspection of the rather phallic buds.
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii

1992 – FJW
A really good and much needed soak.

1923 – JCW
Buddleias are nice. Plagianthus lyalii some very good. No Discolor or Auriculatums. Romneya coulteri very good also American Pillars and violas.

1914 – JCW
Very little in flower. Cassia good. Violas nice. Buddleia good. Bulbs mostly moved. Six or seven species of rhodo open, R keysii amongst them.

1908 – JCW
Buddleias (blue) just opening. [Rose] Papa Gontier good and General T.

Hand written note attached to Garden Book page,undated.
From Werrington Park,
re 4238 of Ward and Meconopsis 25933 = Integrifolia.

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