8th July

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
CH Williams Profile Picture
CHW 2015-
JC Williams Profile Picture
JCW 1897-1939
C Williams Profile Picture
CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Stop and marvel at the peeling bark on Rhododendron stenaulum. We have just pruned other things away from it so that you can see the peeling on the trunk, branches and smaller stems in all their glory. A great natural spectacle which few will have observed on this extraordinary plant. The species has been renamed Rhododendron moulmainense but will always be stenaulum to me.

Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Rhododendron stenaulum
Viburnum betulifolium is now in full flower.
Viburnum betulifolium
Viburnum betulifolium
Viburnum betulifolium
Viburnum betulifolium
The first Crinum powellii (crinum lily) is out but the slugs have got there first despite the hot weather. The leaves are hugely slug damaged too which is the trouble with this excellent later flowering bulbous plant.
Crinum powellii
Crinum powellii
The clump of dierama on the top wall is just out and there are two, if not three, forms with different colours. Very lovely indeed. Asia will need to grab the seed in a few weeks as they set quickly. The pink form has flashes on its angels trumpets!
dierama
dierama
dierama
dierama
dierama
dierama
dierama
dierama
The last of the Rhododendron royalii ‘Pink Flush’ is out and flopping in the heat on Burns Bank.
Rhododendron royalii ‘Pink Flush’
Rhododendron royalii ‘Pink Flush’
We have always called this Stewartia sinensis but I think its bark proves it is that of Stewartia monodelpha. Just going over today and the ground is carpeted in small fallen white flowers. I need to check the shape of the seed to be certain. The tree is leaning at such an angle that it must soon fall over. Last year the seeds were sterile but Asia needs to try again later.
Stewartia monodelpha
Stewartia monodelpha
Stewartia monodelpha
Stewartia monodelpha
Stewartia monodelpha
Stewartia monodelpha
Stewartia monodelpha
Stewartia monodelpha
Scaffolding up the towers for window painting next week.
Scaffolding
Scaffolding

2016 – CHW
The new wind turbine was delivered to Pittsdown yesterday and they started erecting straightaway. Here are some photos of it coming over the bridge in Tregony. There is a nice scuff on the last one and the bridge!
wind turbine
wind turbine
wind turbine
wind turbine

2015 – CHWTo Buzy Bees Garden Centre on a photography mission and to try to find worthwhile and popular ‘new’ plants for next year’s Burncoose catalogue.  Huge expense on revamping this enormous concrete shed with a few plants (windblown) outside. Pricing not that expensive.  Roses all from Harkness so nothing much here that we stock.

Saluia involucrate ‘Bethellii’ looked rather nice and would I think be a welcome addition. We used to stock this.
Saluia involucrate ‘Bethellii’
Saluia involucrate ‘Bethellii’
Saluia involucrate ‘Bethellii’
Saluia involucrate ‘Bethellii’
Saluia involucrate ‘Bethellii’
Saluia involucrate ‘Bethellii’
Saluia involucrate ‘Bethellii’
Saluia involucrate ‘Bethellii’
Leucanthemum ‘Aglaia’ has rather an attractive frilly edge to the flower.  Would probably sell well but we added two new leucanthemums into the 2015 catalogue.
Leucanthemum ‘Aglaia’
Leucanthemum ‘Aglaia’
Leucanthemum ‘Aglaia’
Leucanthemum ‘Aglaia’
Leucanthemum ‘Aglaia’
Leucanthemum ‘Aglaia’
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’ – nice to see a Caerhays bred plant in stock here. Named after a gardener called Mr Ivey. A wonderful plant for bees and butterflies. Giant fritillaries and Red Admirals especially. I will try to picture the originals on my return.
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’

2004 – FJW
Visit to Caerhays of Roy Lancaster.
Visited the new areas in the 40 Acres and Old Park for the first time. The first knowledgeable outsider to see them.Knowledgeable considering if they exist do not visit gardens these days.
Trip around parts of the Castle Garden. He met old friends he had first met 40 years ago.
He brought some very interesting plants with him for the garden.
He lectured for 2 hours in and round and after a hard day, talked until midnight!
A wet period but no rain fell on this day.

1994 – FJW
June was fairly dry (3 good days for the Royal Cornwall). Not very hot and rain every 3 or 4 days. Picked flower of Camellia 1. Konron Jura 2. Hawaii

1925 – JCW
Griersonianum and maddeni hybrid (late one) are the best rhodo’s but a number of good Dichroanthum are giving bits of flower. R Brunonis is very good, also American Pillar and L giganteums – Romneya nice.

1897 – JCW
Desfontainea’s at their best. I planted Rapid on the road to the Kitchen Garden. (1925 is yet there and never increased).

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