2021 – CHW
Thick coastal fog for the start of the G7 leaders conference in Carbis Bay. Helicopters that only a US president could bring in the sky and along the coastline. Not much sightseeing in Cornwall with Carrie Johnson as host. They went to St Michaels Mount.
Fuchsia exorticata still full out on the top wall.
At Burncoose today and could not resist more pictures of Carrieria calycina.
Azalea ‘Gumpo’ nicely out in the garden in full shade. A Nakahari hybrid which flowers very late with a compact habit.
2019 – CHW
These are some pictures of Dipentodon sinicus taken in flower at Tregrehan Garden by Jaimie and Michael during the rare plant fair. It is an entirely new genus to me but Tom Hudson’s reply (attached) to my query with the Forrest note suggests it was once at Caerhays but failed to propagate or died out in cold winters. We look forward to Tom’s offer of a seedling. The page about Dipentodon sinicus in ‘New Trees’ is also attached. Odd that a plant with such a widespread distribution in China only appears today in one UK garden (Tregrehan as usual!).
A tour with some elderly gardening friends on a sweltering day.Styrax formosanus var hayatainus out quite early and before other species in this late year.
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendulus’ is now full out although you have to delve into the centre of this pendulous tree to catch the full effect as the flowers are mainly hidden within it. Masses of flower but not a spectacle from afar.
Off to the Royal Cornwall Show where four stands have to be visited and time taken to support:Burncoose Nurseries stand had won a Gold Medal and Justin was in charge!
The Caerhays Estate stand had Lucinda and Edwina flogging weddings and holiday lets.
Things were getting a bit alcoholic by the time we got to the Game & Wildlife Conservation stand to launch the Cornish Grey Partridge reintroduction project at 5.30pm. I forgot to take any pictures so you will have to make do with a copy of the leaflet.10 Jun16 Cornish Grey Partridge Project
A cornus hunt reveals:Cornus kousa var Chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’This plant was given to my father by Richard Carew-Pole when he was RHS president.
Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’ (‘Miss Satomi’ in the new Hillier’s)
Growing in full sun in the open this is a real stunner and has been showing a good red colour for a fortnight. The reference books say ‘pink’ but it is very clearly a red so I wonder if the naming is correct or whether it will fade? Is it really a Cornus kousa or is it really a Cornus florida variety?
Cornus florida ‘Red Giant’
Planted in 1991 this enormous but rather hidden away plant will be the best thing in the garden in a fortnight or so. The adjacent Loderi ‘King George’ is over but some years the two coincide.
1997 – FJW
Delias grand design – 5 pieces done – bad storm, much salt damage in Laurel, and damaged trees around Noahs Ark and the Beeches.
1972 – FJW
Delia started on her Grand Design.
1902 – JCW
Habranthus is now very good, moved the big lot of Polyanthus primroses. None of the waterlilies show flower yet, a few Arums about, a very cold late season.