11th June

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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

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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