16th June

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

To Burncoose for the annual meeting with our main Dutch supplier. A low flower on a 25 year old Aesculus wilsonii full out in the sun.

Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii
The bark on Styrax obassia is unusual. The flowers on this tree are still not out at Burncoose or Caerhays.
bark on Styrax obassia
bark on Styrax obassia
Styrax americanus nicely out or just going over in a pot. Very delicate small flowers.
Styrax americanus
Styrax americanus
Styrax americanus
Styrax americanus
First flowering in the nursery of Roscoea x beesiana. This variety is two to three weeks behind the other two which we stock.
Roscoea x beesiana
Roscoea x beesiana
Roscoea x beesiana
Roscoea x beesiana
Another first flowering with us of Nepeta grandiflora ‘Dawn to Dusk’. Very tall growing for a nepeta and not obviously a nepeta to look at.
Nepeta grandiflora ‘Dawn to Dusk’
Nepeta grandiflora ‘Dawn to Dusk’
Nepeta grandiflora ‘Dawn to Dusk’
Nepeta grandiflora ‘Dawn to Dusk’
Azalea viscosum is always a shy flowerer. This is a near white form unlike the pink one in the garden.
Azalea viscosum
Azalea viscosum
Azalea viscosum
Azalea viscosum

2016 – CHW
In the nursery again photographing new plants for the 2017 catalogue:Deutzia pulchra has long trailing flowers and will be a useful addition to the smaller growing deutzia range.
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra
I am not sure about roscoeas which will be a rather new oddity for us. I really have no idea what they do or do not like and need to do some proper research. Frankly I dislike them but maybe I am biased against orchid like things!
roscoea
roscoea
Quite why we had no decent pictures of Carpenteria californica ‘Ladhams Variety’ I have no idea. There is a nice plant in the stock garden and I cannot see much difference with Carpenteria ‘Bodnant’ or Carpenteria ‘Elizabeth’ really. Flower size a bit and perhaps hardiness?
Carpenteria californica ‘Ladhams Variety’
Carpenteria californica ‘Ladhams Variety’
Carpenteria californica ‘Ladhams Variety’
Carpenteria californica ‘Ladhams Variety’
Iris siberica ‘Butter and Sugar’ is quite nice but a shy flowerer in a pot. My mother was very keen on these sibericas and there are still some outside The Rabbit Warren in a damp shady place.
Iris siberica ‘Butter and Sugar’
Iris siberica ‘Butter and Sugar’
Iris siberica ‘Butter and Sugar’
Iris siberica ‘Butter and Sugar’

Paparer orientale ‘Royal Wedding’, like all of these orientale poppies, is a short lived flop! Why they currently are so popular I cannot understand. A breath of wind or even a decent shower and the flowers are irreparably buggered!You can see I got bored with the photography!

Paparer orientale ‘Royal Wedding’
Paparer orientale ‘Royal Wedding’

2015 – CHW
The tiny frogs are still on the march to wherever but have now spread the whole way along the drive from the Back Yard to the Fernery. They are more spread out but still in huge numbers. Strange that birds are not gobbling them up but there is no sign of this. Perhaps they are poisonous? The whole lot are however moving up into the gardens and away from water.

More cornus today:Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’ outside the Lawn is looking wonderful but I see no signs of any doubling in the flowers as the US book suggests but with no picture. Not far off Cornus ‘Eddies White Wonder’ perhaps but I have yet to catch up with this one.

Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’

The old plants of Cornus kousa below the Fernery are plastered in flowers. The original takes a bit of beating really.

Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa
There is an ancient and dying plant on the drive which has self sown itself copiously which we thought was Cornus bretschneideri. When we gave a seedling to Hillier’s they soon put us right and said it is Cornus controversa.
Cornus controversa
Cornus controversa
Cornus controversa
Cornus controversa
Cornus controversa
Cornus controversa
A pretty good form though but I wonder what the old one is near Georges Hut?Cornus florida ‘Rainbow’ or Cornus kousa ‘Gold Star’. I am simply not sure and the US reference book is of no help. We will just have to watch for flowers (none) and how the leaves change colour later.
Cornus florida ‘Rainbow’
Cornus florida ‘Rainbow’
Cornus florida ‘Rainbow’
Cornus florida ‘Rainbow’
Cornus florida ‘Rainbow’
Cornus florida ‘Rainbow’

Cornus kousa ‘Miss Petty’ is nice enough. Looks as though the bracts will get pinker splashes later.

Cornus kousa ‘Miss Petty’
Cornus kousa ‘Miss Petty’
Cornus kousa ‘Miss Petty’
Cornus kousa ‘Miss Petty’

Is this Cornus kousa ‘Samaritan’? Probably as its habit is very different to ‘Wolf Eyes’. But, since no flowers, is it florida ‘Daybreak’. I think not. How you can produce a definitive reference book with such poor and inadequate pictures beggars belief.

Cornus kousa ‘Samaritan’
Cornus kousa ‘Samaritan’
Cornus kousa ‘Samaritan’
Cornus kousa ‘Samaritan’

1990 – FJW
Hunt (Kew) here – Styrax fargesii in full flower for FIRST time.

1920 – JCW
The Maddeni Crassum lot are very good now . Styrax hemsleyana also and R ungersii.

1917 – JCW
Flowers on almost all shrubs are going back, the Azaleas are for the most part over. A Mikado will be good presently.

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