11th June

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2019 – CHW

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.

Cornus kousa ‘Madame Butterfly’
Cornus kousa ‘Madame Butterfly’
Cornus kousa ‘Madame Butterfly’
Cornus kousa ‘Madame Butterfly’
A pure white evergreen azalea flowering today by Georges Hut. The leaves do not look like it has Azalea indica parentage.
evergreen azalea
evergreen azalea
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 aff. floribunda var. tonkinensis
Magnolia aff. floribunda var. tonkinensis
Magnolia aff. floribunda var. tonkinensis
Magnolia aff. floribunda var. tonkinensis
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x virginiana nicely out with 30 to 40 buds and flowers today. Worth a proper name I think.
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x virginiana
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x virginiana
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x virginiana
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x virginiana
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.
Magnolia dealbata
Magnolia dealbata
Magnolia dealbata
Magnolia dealbata
Staphylea colchica has formed its bladders quickly in the hot weather. I do not remember ever seeing them like this in early June.
Staphylea colchica
Staphylea colchica
Staphylea colchica
Staphylea colchica
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.
Pterostyrax hispida
Pterostyrax hispida
Pterostyrax hispida
Pterostyrax hispida
Pterostyrax hispida
Pterostyrax hispida
Pterostyrax hispida
Pterostyrax hispida
A first bud on the tender Magnolia tamaulipana. We have lost two of these to cold before so this should be an exciting moment.
Magnolia tamaulipana
Magnolia tamaulipana

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.

Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron maddenii
Is this our Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’? I think not as ‘Treberrick’ is a ‘Mosers Maroon’ x griersonianum cross which is next door and much darker but now over. From the same seed pan though.
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’?
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’?
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’?
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’?
Euonymus hamiltonanus ‘Popcorn’ is in flower. We await the seeds to test the veracity/stupidity of the name.
Euonymus hamiltonanus ‘Popcorn’
Euonymus hamiltonanus ‘Popcorn’
Euonymus hamiltonanus ‘Popcorn’
Euonymus hamiltonanus ‘Popcorn’
Neolitsea sericea with its drooping bronze-brown velvety new growth. Stunning today.
Neolitsea sericea
Neolitsea sericea
Neolitsea sericea
Neolitsea sericea
A more conventionally sized Rhododendron maddenii in flower below Donkey Shoe. Less scent. The trusses seem very tight and do not open out much.
Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron maddenii
Rhododendron auriculatum just coming out by Georges Hut. One of the parents of Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’.
Rhododendron auriculatum
Rhododendron auriculatum
Rhododendron auriculatum
Rhododendron auriculatum
This Paulownia kawakamii has sadly split in half in the gales. If you grow 30ft in 10 years this is the risk you run. Very few light blue flowers like last year.
Paulownia kawakamii
Paulownia kawakamii
Magnolia globosa with a good show of flowers at last after a few years of just a couple. A hint of pink in the inner tepals as they first open out.
Magnolia globosa
Magnolia globosa
Magnolia globosa
Magnolia globosa

2017 – CHW
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.
Styrax shiranus
Styrax shiranus
Styrax shiranus
Styrax shiranus
Tail end flowers on Rhododendron ‘Tortoiseshell Orange’ above the greenhouse.
Rhododendron ‘Tortoiseshell Orange’
Rhododendron ‘Tortoiseshell Orange’
Rhododendron ‘Tortoiseshell Orange’
Rhododendron ‘Tortoiseshell Orange’
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus has very typical lithocarpus new growth but is still struggling to get away after 10 years or so in too exposed a position.
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
A wild orchid has popped up by my parents’ golden wedding plaque. We see very few of these at Caerhays. I assume it lay dormant for decades when this area was covered in beech trees.
wild orchid
wild orchid
A youngish clump of Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ out early but the leaves are not looking that happy in the wind in an exposed position.
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Our crosses on Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ remain intact – or the paper bags do anyway.
Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’
Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’
This clump of rhododendrons was grown from seed supplied by Major Howell (perhaps via an RHS seed list). None are very inspiring or in a good place. However this unnamed one is very late into flower and has an odd green flash in the white trumpets. I have not seen this one before and it is different!
unnamed one
unnamed one
unnamed one
unnamed one
This is our largest surviving Styrax hookeri in the Rookery. The flowers have mainly shed onto the ground. You can see how large the flowers are on the ground with their pronounced yellow anthers.
Styrax hookeri
Styrax hookeri
Styrax hookeri
Styrax hookeri
Styrax hookeri
Styrax hookeri
This elderly clump of Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ in the Rookery usually goes unnoticed by visitors. Strangely the odd lower flower is full out while most of the tree is still in tight bud. Wind blow again I expect from last Monday’s storm.
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’

2016 – CHW
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.
Schizophragma hydrangeoides
Schizophragma hydrangeoides
Schizophragma hydrangeoides
Schizophragma hydrangeoides
Next to it Magnolia grandiflora ‘Russet’ has one huge and heavily scented flower. I believe the grandifloras have, between them, had a flower out now in every month of the last year as we have seen. Plenty more bud to come soon too after the welcome rain has bashed this one a bit.
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Russet’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Russet’

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 obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia virginiana ‘Satellite’
Magnolia virginiana ‘Satellite’

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’
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Colossus’

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.

1904 – JCW
Habranthus at its best, just a few waterlilies. The Arums were never so good.

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