14th June

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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

A trip to the vacant Rosevallon Farmhouse to view the necessary repairs. In the garden we find two surprises:

Salix babylonica ‘Tortuosa’ growing on quite happily in the undergrowth with little wind protection. The contorted stems have combined to form a small tree. Unexpected in the middle of nowhere.

Salix babylonica ‘Tortuosa’
Salix babylonica ‘Tortuosa’
The front of Rosevallon Farmhouse facing south.

front of Rosevallon Farmhouse
front of Rosevallon Farmhouse
Rosa ‘Wedding Day’ growing away happily on the garden wall. Creamy yellow flowers fading to white in large trusses which do not all come out at quite the same time. I wonder who this was planted for? The Bloomfield family lived here for generations but Joss only died about eight years ago.
Rosa ‘Wedding Day’
Rosa ‘Wedding Day’
Rosa ‘Wedding Day’
Rosa ‘Wedding Day’
Tropaeolum ciliatum full out already as it never died down in the mild winter. It is invading the nearby camellia just as Tropaeolum speciosum does nearby. Another tropaeolum whose roots need to be in the shade with the 6-10ft tendrils reaching up through something into the light.
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum

2016 – CHW
In London for the day – how The City and Moorgate, where I worked for 10 years, has changed. 21 Moorfields, the old Lazards concrete building, is half demolished and with it ‘The City Boat’ our favourite ‘watering hole’ on a Friday.2015 – CHW
The cornus hunt gathers pace:

Cornus kousa ‘Heart Throb’ below the Fernery is in full sun but not the same shape or as red as ‘Satomi’. Very nice and we need to remove the camellias around it.
Cornus kousa ‘Heart Throb’
Cornus kousa ‘Heart Throb’
Cornus kousa ‘Heart Throb’
Cornus kousa ‘Heart Throb’
Cornus kousa ‘Heart Throb’
Cornus kousa ‘Heart Throb’

This Cornus kousa had no name when planted in 1998. After consulting Mr Cappiello and Mr Shadow’s reference book I am none the wiser as no pictures in the book even faintly match it. Cornus kousa ‘Wolf Eyes’ has similar flowers but the Wolf has variegated foliage. Clearly a very good plant in a key spot and covered in bracts.

Cornus kousa no name
Cornus kousa no name
Cornus kousa no name
Cornus kousa no name

Cornus kousa ‘Windles Weeping’ has small flowers and looks a bit sick. It has not grown much since it was planted in 1991. The one at Burncoose gets more sun but is equally slow.

Cornus kousa ‘Windles Weeping’
Cornus kousa ‘Windles Weeping’
Cornus kousa ‘Windles Weeping’
Cornus kousa ‘Windles Weeping’
Cornus kousa ‘Gloria (?) Birkett’ (part of label lost). Again the name is not mentioned in the USA cornus reference book. This tree was also planted after the 1990 hurricane and has been laden with strawberry fruits for several years now which are even larger than those regularly found on Cornus kousa var chinensis. A really excellent vigorous plant.
Cornus kousa ‘Gloria (?) Birkett’
Cornus kousa ‘Gloria (?) Birkett’
Cornus kousa ‘Gloria (?) Birkett’
Cornus kousa ‘Gloria (?) Birkett’
Cornus kousa ‘Gloria (?) Birkett’
Cornus kousa ‘Gloria (?) Birkett’

Cornus kousa ‘Milky Way’ – two tail end and slug eaten flowers which are very different in shape from those photographed some three to four weeks ago which had very pointed four sided bracts. The change in bract shape and colour as the flower matures makes naming cornus quite difficult. The US book lists scores of named kousa and florida clones. Far more than you ever see offered for sale in specialist Dutch nurseries. There will be plenty more cornus out soon!

Cornus kousa ‘Milky Way’
Cornus kousa ‘Milky Way’
Cornus kousa ‘Milky Way’
Cornus kousa ‘Milky Way’

1980 – FJW
Camellias above Play House hanging on well. Dry May month but June is wet.

1923 – JCW
Back from Scotland and much growth has been made, some nice seedling Azaleas about, PD’s big White is the best, some of ours are near it, our Pink promise well and there may be some good reds later.

1922 – JCW
Just back from Scotland. They are short of rain and most of the Azaleas are over, some nice white Arboreum hybrids make their first show. Evergreen Oaks have done well, Harrow hybrids are very nice.

1902 – JCW
Picked a lot of daff seed, hardly ripe, Sir Watkin, King A, Weardale, Jacko, Adreanna good, Azaleas nearly over. Am starting for London.

1897 – JCW
[?] foliosa out, I have picked all the daff seed except Recurvas.

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