15th June

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2017 – CHW

Garden visitors keep muttering that there is ‘nothing to see’. Although an early flowering year they simply do not take the trouble to look around even with a 2For1 entry offer.

Rhododendron viscosum on the drive. I have never taken in this elderly late flowering species here before. The one at Burncoose is paler and a bit later to flower. Nice scent.

Rhododendron viscosum
Rhododendron viscosum
Rhododendron viscosum
Rhododendron viscosum
Rhododendron viscosum
Rhododendron viscosum
There are three separate clumps of Rhododendron indicum on the drive. Perhaps some are Rhododendron nakaharae types? There are three distinct pink forms here and they flower sporadically over a long period.
Rhododendron indicum
Rhododendron indicum
Rhododendron indicum
Rhododendron indicum
Rhododendron indicum
Rhododendron indicum
This is a late evergreen azalea with orangeish flowers. More in a big clump by the Fernery. No idea of a name.
evergreen azalea with orangeish flowers
evergreen azalea with orangeish flowers
evergreen azalea with orangeish flowers
evergreen azalea with orangeish flowers
Another clump of low growing indicum or are they dwarf enough to be nakaharae? More assorted colours here as they cover the entire bank.
low growing indicum
low growing indicum
low growing indicum
low growing indicum
low growing indicum
low growing indicum
Another forgotten but now sizeable and mature Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’ hidden away in the back of the drive. Not quite as pink in bud or when first out as the one on the bank by the Trevanion Holly but a weeping habit here as there.
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Chimes’
Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’ is just going over by the Hovel. Superb as usual.
Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’
Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’
Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’
Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’
First flowering of three small Rhododendron cumberlandense. One more red than the others which have a yellowish orange flash. Could the red one be Rhododendron flammeum instead? Both are native species to the southern USA.
Rhododendron cumberlandense
Rhododendron cumberlandense
Rhododendron cumberlandense
Rhododendron cumberlandense
The best thing in the ‘nothing to see’ garden today may well be Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’ which is far further out than most others. Huge bracts which completely obscure the leaves. What a sight!
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’

2016 – CHW
Here are the latest leaf pictures, studio taken by Karol, of Michelia floribunda and Michelia doltsopa from Tregrehan. These show that the former species has a leaf petiole or leaf ‘scar’ of circa 50mm in length while the latter has a ‘scar’ of only circa 20mm in length. Apparently this is the only way to separate these two pretty obviously identical species in terms of habit, leaf size/shape and flowers. My paper disputing this conclusion is nearly finished and I hope to promote some argument.
leaf petiole
leaf petiole
leaf petiole
leaf petiole
leaf petiole
leaf petiole
2015 – CHW
Another wander up the top part of the drive.  Just by the start of Hovel Cart Road is yet another rather good deciduous azalea with no name. There are several still out but you have to hunt them down amid the greenery.

Azalea no name
Azalea no name
Azalea no name
Azalea no name
Azalea no name
Azalea no name
Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’ by the Hovel Turning is one of those shrubs which can readily leap out of a smaller garden into a woodland context. For what it is worth I do not think you will find a better deutzia despite all the recent new species introduced by Roy Lancaster and others.
Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’
Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’
Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’
Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’
Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’
Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’

We have just missed Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’ in flower at Red Linney. This was a selection by Pavia nurseries and has attractive drooping new growth. Good autumn colour apparently but I have not noticed as yet.

Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’

After all the phytophthera ramorum scares I thought we had removed every larch on the place but I now discover, up from Red Linney, three cracking plants of Larix kaempferi which are looking good. This Japanese species has exceptional yellow autumn colour so we hope for the best.

Larix kaempferi
Larix kaempferi

One forgets just how large and attractive the flowers on young Quercus ilex can be. The avenue on the top drive do not all flower at the same time nor do all the trees yet seem to be old enough to do so.

Quercus ilex
Quercus ilex
Quercus ilex
Quercus ilex

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