6th July

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2020 – CHW

So today the quest to look at the rest of our new Philadelphus species collection. Not much luck compared to yesterday as it turns out.

The three Philadelphus pekinensis in Tin Garden are going great guns but no flower yet. Perhaps too much shade. 2019 planted.

Philadelphus pekinensis
Philadelphus pekinensis
Philadelphus pekinensis
Philadelphus pekinensis
Philadelphus satsumi we have seen already this year and in the frames. Just a few flowers left. 2018 planted. Asia has cuttings coming on.
Philadelphus satsumi
Philadelphus satsumi
Philadelphus satsumi
Philadelphus satsumi
Phildelphus lewisii has no flowers but looks fine with a drooping habit. 2018. I can only find one of the three planted.
Phildelphus lewisii
Phildelphus lewisii
The three Philadelphus sericanthus we have seen with some flower earlier. 2018.
Philadelphus caucasicus (labelled) looks fine but no flower here yet either. 2018. The other two planted with it have no label and look different. Perhaps drought casualties.
Philadelphus caucasicus
Philadelphus caucasicus

I cannot find Philadelphus affinis which arrived in 2016.

Still to be planted out which I cannot find in the greenhouse area are Philadelphus palmeri, Philadelphus madrensis and Philadelphus karw(?). These only arrived last summer and I must ask Asia where they are?

Twelve new species in all (and about the same number of Deutzia species). An exciting overall addition to the garden.

The one I saw in John Marston’s garden video to get is Philadelphus microphyllus.

Cotoneaster ‘Exburiensis’ in full flower.
Cotoneaster ‘Exburiensis’
Cotoneaster ‘Exburiensis’
Cotoneaster ‘Exburiensis’
Cotoneaster ‘Exburiensis’
The extremely expensive Parastyrax sp. Nova from Crûg has made exceptional growth.
Parastyrax sp. Nova
Parastyrax sp. Nova
Parastyrax sp. Nova
Parastyrax sp. Nova
As has Lagerstroemia limii which was a gift from Nantes Parks.
Lagerstroemia limii
Lagerstroemia limii
Lagerstroemia limii
Lagerstroemia limii
The evergreen Cornus augustata ‘Empress of China’ has really perked up after repotting.
Cornus augustata ‘Empress of China’
Cornus augustata ‘Empress of China’
Surprising to see an old beech tree felled last year reshooting vigorously from the base. Normally nothing.
beech
beech
Azalea or more properly Rhododendron cumberlandense (Rhododendron bakeri) just out below the catalpa.
Rhododendron cumberlandense
Rhododendron cumberlandense
Rhododendron cumberlandense
Rhododendron cumberlandense
So armed with the new ‘Flora of Cornwall’ book this is Umbilicus rupestris (pennywort or navelwort). I have mistakenly called it liverwort. It grows on damp banks and on old shady trees where it is extremely drought tolerant and revives after rain.
Umbilicus rupestris
Umbilicus rupestris
Umbilicus rupestris
Umbilicus rupestris
Severe fresh squirrel damage on a sycamore despite our tally now exceeding 110.
sycamore
sycamore
Cotoneaster ‘Rothschildianus’ is very similar to ‘Exburiensis’ but the berries are eventually different colours. This one was only planted below White Stiles last autumn.
Cotoneaster ‘Rothschildianus’
Cotoneaster ‘Rothschildianus’
Cotoneaster ‘Rothschildianus’
Cotoneaster ‘Rothschildianus’
Jaimie has been on the beach and reports very large numbers of young mussels growing on the rocks. I hope this is not a sign of increased river pollution and rather a reflection of the reverse?
mussels
mussels
mussels
mussels

The odd white flowered weed with very prickly seed heads last autumn outside the Schoolroom window was Datura stamonium (thorn-apple). It is a very rare agricultural weed introduced from America in the 16th century. My guess is it actually grew from the bird seed on the bird table which was here until my mother died eight years ago. In the ‘Flora of Cornwall’ it was first recorded in 1832 and only 25 sightings in Cornwall since 1999 and none on the map as anywhere near Caerhays.Calystegia soldanella (Sea Bindweed) which we saw last week was first recorded in Cornwall in 1670 and there have been only 90 recorded sightings since 1999 – one at Porthluney (now two!).

I have also recently photographed Silene latifolia (white campion) by the Playhouse. There have only been 148 sightings of this in Cornwall before 1999. First recorded 1831.

So a virgin botanist goes to Tubbs Mill Quarry. This is used by the council to store road chippings so there is much disturbment but also many seedlings of wild native plants on the periphery of the stone piles.

Lotus subbiflorus (Hairy Birds-foot trefoil) was hard to spot but I did find several plants. This is a Cornish native with 193 survey finds since 1999. Very rare and it has survived since the 2010 survey here.
Lotus subbiflorus
Lotus subbiflorus
Lotus subbiflorus
Lotus subbiflorus
I thought this was a teasel seedling (Dipsacus fullonum) but I then found mature plants which were not. There were loads of teasels at various stages of development.
Dipsacus fullonum
Dipsacus fullonum
These appear to be Sonchus asper (prickly sow thistle) but I may be showing my ignorance.
Sonchus asper
Sonchus asper
Sonchus asper
Sonchus asper
Sonchus asper
Sonchus asper
Sonchus asper
Sonchus asper
I could not find the rare Scrophularia scorodonia but I did find the common Scrophularia auriculata (water figwort) in flower.
Scrophularia auriculata
Scrophularia auriculata
Scrophularia auriculata
Scrophularia auriculata
Hypericum perforatum (perforate St John’s wort) in flower as young seedlings and 2-3ft tall plants.
Hypericum perforatum
Hypericum perforatum
Hypericum perforatum
Hypericum perforatum
Ajuga reptans in its wild form I think.
Ajuga reptans
Ajuga reptans
Ajuga reptans
Ajuga reptans
This all takes hours to even get close to the Latin name or even the common name in an area of horticulture where I am a rank beginner.

2019 – CHW
I have not often seen this very vigorous but supposedly annual climber before. Cobaea scandens here is well up to the rafters in height and clearly not an annual after the last mild winter. The flowers appear irregularly and are followed by large white seed pods. The owners of this garden outside Seaview treat Cobaea as an annual which will be killed by frost and keep seeds back every year just in case. This is definitely a plant which the nursery ought to be offering.

Cobaea scandens
Cobaea scandens
Cobaea scandens
Cobaea scandens
Cobaea scandens
Cobaea scandens
Cobaea scandens
Cobaea scandens
A good new Crocosmia called ‘Hellfire’ at Eddington House nurseries. Tall growing with very dark flowers.
Crocosmia called ‘Hellfire’
Crocosmia called ‘Hellfire’
Crocosmia called ‘Hellfire’
Crocosmia called ‘Hellfire’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’ lives up to its name and is new to Eddington as it is to us.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Little Lime’

2018 – CHW
Off to the Isle of Wight shortly in the continuing heatwave.Deer nibbling on a young magnolia on the drive. Just the leaves by the look of it.
Deer nibbling
Deer nibbling
Deer nibbling
Deer nibbling
Aesculus wilsonii still flowering away well at the entrance to Old Park. At least four weeks since this was in flower elsewhere in the garden. I wonder why these three trees are so much later?
Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii
The colouring on the new growth of Rhododendron pseudocrysanthemum is outstanding. The velvety leaves are now a dark bronze and stand out superbly.
Rhododendron pseudocrysanthemum
Rhododendron pseudocrysanthemum
Rhododendron pseudocrysanthemum
Rhododendron pseudocrysanthemum
Staphylea pinnata has two-celled seed capsules as here. Sometimes in clusters, sometimes in pairs and sometimes a single capsule of two seeds. Still green but very obvious on the small tree.
Staphylea pinnata
Staphylea pinnata
Staphylea pinnata
Staphylea pinnata

2017 – CHW
The 2018 Burncoose catalogue first proof is done after seven to eight days’ work. VIP moment! This is the 35th year I have completed this tedious and time consuming job.The clearance work above the top wall continues apace. Time for a good fire now I suggest. One man (Ross Collins) and one machine only with all the skills in felling, grubbing stumps and clearing while piling up the useable timer. A serious professional.
clearance work
clearance work
Podocarpus elongatus ‘Blue Chip’ is a startling colour even as the new growth hardens and the flower stalks appear. We have plenty of plants in the nursery so this will go back into the new catalogue.
Podocarpus elongatus ‘Blue Chip’
Podocarpus elongatus ‘Blue Chip’
Podocarpus elongatus ‘Blue Chip’
Podocarpus elongatus ‘Blue Chip’
Podocarpus elongatus ‘Blue Chip’
Podocarpus elongatus ‘Blue Chip’
Still several good flowers on Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’ which we had full out on the stand at Chelsea six weeks ago.
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
This Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ is one of three which got hit by cold wind or frost just as the leaves emerged. There is substantial dieback here but the plant is still fighting to put on new growth. Dig it out or not? Wait a while I think.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
A very late form of Rhododendron maddenii with wonderful overpowering scent. There are several clumps dotted about but this is the last one to flower. Rhododendron crassum is now deemed to be a form of Rhododendron maddenii by the boffins but this of course is out in April to May rather than June to July.
Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron maddenii
Reevsia sinica, a very rare plant I had forgotten about, is starting to go ahead. Very red new leaves fading to bronze and then green.
Reevsia sinica
Reevsia sinica
Reevsia sinica
Reevsia sinica
Reevsia sinica
Reevsia sinica
Tucked away are three plants of Hoheria glabrata which are just out in flower. Attractive clusters of pure white flowers hang down from drooping branches. Easily the first hoheria species to flower with us. Most are September. ‘Nothing to see’ still in July in the garden of course!
Hoheria glabrata
Hoheria glabrata
Hoheria glabrata
Hoheria glabrata
Hoheria glabrata
Hoheria glabrata
This Rhododendron sinogrande has set no seed and the new growth is rushing on.
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Mahonia tonkinensis has delicate bronzy new growth too and is already 8ft tall.
Mahonia tonkinensis
Mahonia tonkinensis
Dipteronia sinensis used to be a mature tree here but I never saw it in flower. Several failures over the years but this one looks to be on the way. An attractive leaf structure but I fear we are years away from a flower? Multi-stemmed as well.
Dipteronia sinensis
Dipteronia sinensis
Dipteronia sinensis
Dipteronia sinensis
Amazing blue felted new growth on Rhododendron pseudochrysanthemum.
Rhododendron pseudochrysanthemum
Rhododendron pseudochrysanthemum
Rhododendron pseudochrysanthemum
Rhododendron pseudochrysanthemum
This Schefflera alpina has decided to produce numerous side shoots from its tall main stem which is now 12ft tall. These will be excellent side cuttings to take in the autumn. No sign of a flower yet but there was last year. The side shoots have emerged as the plant now has more light following the pollarding of a nearby yew.
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
The very elderly Hydrangea sargentiana in the Auklandii Garden is just out. There used to be several sprawling clumps in the garden but the rest have died out long ago. A larger flower than any of the newer plantings I think and less white florets around the main flower itself.
Hydrangea sargentiana
Hydrangea sargentiana
Hydrangea sargentiana
Hydrangea sargentiana

2016 – CHW
The Magnolia Society International have registered five more of the Caerhays bred magnolias and listed these in Volume 51 of their journal. This will make it easier to propagate and market these excellent plants to the public via Burncoose. They have yet to register ‘Tropicana’ or ‘Mr Julian’ which will hopefully come later.
2015 – CHW
On holiday, having a few days off.
Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight

1962 – FJW
End of remarkable hay harvest – 3000 bales brought in in a fortnight – Terrace Garden still late – Top Lodge Camellias still have flowers.

1926 – JCW
Had ¾ in about 2 ½ days. American Pillar and R coulteri very good indeed. Picked the first Auriculatum hybrid two days ago. Harrow hybrids would be fine but the heat ruins them.

1923 – JCW
R coulteri has had a few flowers only. Brunonis and Mitraria are nice. The Plagianthus are but just opening.

1919 – JCW
R coulteri has hardly started. Brunonis is fair but not good. This years roses bad.

1918 – JCW
Romney Coulteri is nice. R Brunonis has been and is splendid. Rose beds are fair. Daffodils sown in the open for the first time for 25 years. We have no pans to share. Very long spell of dry weather. Caucasicum red buds burst.

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