This may well be Cornus kousa ‘Madame Butterfly’ on Hovel Cart Road. A spectacular show today with variably curled bracts. The planting records give no clue.
A pure white evergreen azalea flowering today by Georges Hut. The leaves do not look like it has Azalea indica parentage.
The buds on Magnolia aff. floribunda var. tonkinensis are still not out in flower. Its Crug collection number is DJHV 06105. What is it actually going to be? There is a picture of this in flower on Page 11 of the June edition of ‘The Plantsman’. I cannot see these buds opening to look anything like this picture but we will see.
This is what Tom Hudson wrote to me:
M. floribunda is all over SE Asia, Yunnan, Nth Vietnam, Laos, Burma, etc.
M. floribunda var. tonkinensis was named for the south eastern part of the range in Vietnam but I cant find out who published this combination.
Growing plants from both locations I cant tell the difference so in the meantime I have binned the var tonkinensis and call them all floribunda.
To add to the confusion Chevalier published Michelia tonkinensis from Vietnam but that has proved to be a synonym of M. balansae.
Even more chaos as Dandy published Michelia floribunda var tonkingensis which has since been sunk into floribunda!!
Your Magnolia DJHV 06105 is in the Crug catalogue as Magnolia foveolata. (Sect. Michelia) which it isnt.
From your images it is definitely Sect. Manglietia as you suspected with those large terminal flower buds opening early summer.
Will be fun to see what pops out.
i have a few Mangliets going to fire up for the 1st time in the next few weeks, they all got a bit overexcited and steamed up from last summer.
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x virginiana nicely out with 30 to 40 buds and flowers today. Worth a proper name I think.
Our third plant of Magnolia dealbata is going to flower for the first time very shortly. The second, older plant was featured last week. About eight flowers to come. The effects (again) of last year’s dry summer which this Mexican species enjoyed.
Staphylea colchica has formed its bladders quickly in the hot weather. I do not remember ever seeing them like this in early June.
Pterostyrax hispida (one of two quite close to each other) is just coming out. Both are decent sized trees but, as you can see, they always try and shoot from the base. A Styrax habit. The bark is interesting too.
A first bud on the tender Magnolia tamaulipana. We have lost two of these to cold before so this should be an exciting moment.
2018 – CHW
A catch up on the rhododendrons still out as the season ends. Starting above the old Orchid House Nursery bed.
An Alan Clarke collection of what I assume is Rhododendron maddenii with the most enormous scented flowers. Definitely one for Asia to concentrate on with cuttings soon. Possibly worth a name in its own right.
Sadly I have missed the first flowering of Styrax shiranus on Burns Bank. The one by Charlie Michaels Nursery is struggling in full sun and little growth.
The Schizophragma hydrangeoides on the top wall is better than I have ever seen it although the flowers are just going over. There used to be a huge plant 50 years ago on The Rabbit Warren.
2015 – CHW
More magnolias are emerging as we move into summer.
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’ (below Slip Rail)
We have missed the first flower but this looks much better than the old Magnolia obovata above the Auklandii Garden which everyone misses. This one is clearly flowering at a very young age.
Magnolia virginiana ‘Satellite’A proper evergreen with a large flower unlike our Magnolia virginiana by George’s Hut. The original virginiana was crushed in the 1990 hurricane. Of the several forms of virginiana we now have this is the best.
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Colossus’ (above Crinodendron Hedge)Flowering later than all the other Magnolia sieboldiis looked at over the last two weeks but is it really that different or colossal? Not in my opinion anyway. We had both sorts together in flower on the Chelsea stand all labelled as Magnolia sieboldii (plain) and no one noticed – not even the judges – which rather proves my point.