17th June

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2017 – CHW

You can always find something absolutely new in the garden flowering away for the first time ever if you take the trouble to look properly – even when the season is ‘over’!

Fuchsia ‘Lady Bacon’ which I bought last year in the Isle of Wight is out beside the greenhouse. I rather like it and it looks tough.

Fuchsia ‘Lady Bacon’
Fuchsia ‘Lady Bacon’
Another less trailing Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’ is nearly out above the greenhouse. Nothing like as good a shape as the one seen last week but its flowers will be more visible.
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
A moderately mature Styrax japonicus near it. Also not quite out and not photographed before in recent days. On our tour today Asia and I find two additional new named Styrax japonicus varieties but neither have any flowers yet.
Styrax japonicus
Styrax japonicus
Styrax japonicus
Styrax japonicus
The ancient dead Styrax hookeri has fallen over but one shoot from the base remains alive and vigorous. This is a major surprise. When we cut up the dead trunk this winter we must be careful to protect the one shoot.
Styrax hookeri
Styrax hookeri
Styrax hookeri
Styrax hookeri
Another disaster from the recent wind. Half the Record Tree Manglietia insignis above the greenhouse has split out. There are plenty of buds on the fallen branches and some are even out with pink outer tepals creamy inside. The closest I have ever got to photograph the flowers (sadly now drooping). Silvery undersides to the leaves too as you can see.
Manglietia insignis
Manglietia insignis
Manglietia insignis
Manglietia insignis
Manglietia insignis
Manglietia insignis
Manglietia insignis
Manglietia insignis
More pictures of Styrax formosanus full out.
Styrax formosanus
Styrax formosanus
Styrax formosanus
Styrax formosanus
Styrax formosanus
Styrax formosanus
Likewise Styrax wuyuanensis also full out.
Styrax wuyuanensis
Styrax wuyuanensis
Styrax wuyuanensis
Styrax wuyuanensis
Styrax wuyuanensis
Styrax wuyuanensis
Styrax wuyuanensis
Styrax wuyuanensis
Euonymus morrisonensis just about to flower. Entirely new to us. I thought it was a styrax at first.
Euonymus morrisonensis
Euonymus morrisonensis
First three flowers ever on Illicium griffithii. Yet to open but clearly red. One of several new species of illicium introduced to the garden from Tregrehan and Crug Farm in recent years.
Illicium griffithii
Illicium griffithii
Illicium griffithii
Illicium griffithii
Then on to look at a few late flowering or summer magnolias to confirm that the garden is ‘over’!
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x virginiana now full out after its wind battering last week.
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x virginiana
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x virginiana
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x virginiana
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x virginiana
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’ is still full out – five weeks from first showing.
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’
Magnolia globosa nearly out and as late as last year.
Magnolia globosa
Magnolia globosa
A young Magnolia dealbata with its very first flower. The older plant was out 10 days ago.
Magnolia dealbata
Magnolia dealbata
My first photographs I think of Idesia polycarpa (a tree) in full flower. I had thought this tree was Poliothyrsis sinensis which is similar (and we may well have both) but this is definitely Idesia.
Idesia polycarpa
Idesia polycarpa
Idesia polycarpa
Idesia polycarpa
Idesia polycarpa
Idesia polycarpa
Idesia polycarpa
Idesia polycarpa
Cotoneaster hualiensis situated in full sun setting fruits already.
Cotoneaster hualiensis
Cotoneaster hualiensis
Cotoneaster hualiensis
Cotoneaster hualiensis
Wonderful bronze new growth on a young Magnolia nitida tucked away in a sheltered spot by the Main Ride.
Magnolia nitida
Magnolia nitida
Magnolia nitida
Magnolia nitida
Another elderly clump of recently cut back Rhododendron viscosum by the entrance to the garden are just starting to flower again. I had forgotten these too.
Rhododendron viscosum
Rhododendron viscosum
Rhododendron viscosum
Rhododendron viscosum

Trying out the new camera today. Hard to focus!The deciduous but rare Rhododendron weyrichii has popped open in a couple of fine hot days. More flower this year than usual. How many deciduous species from China and the US have we shown in the last fortnight – six?

Rhododendron weyrichii
Rhododendron weyrichii
Rhododendron weyrichii
Rhododendron weyrichii
It is the time of the year for discovering dead plants. Here Polylepsis australis which is one of Asia’s favourites presumably because she has been the first to propagate this weird thing. The big plant on the drive is fine. This has been growing happily here for four or five years. The drought in March/April to blame?
Polylepsis australis
Polylepsis australis
Cornus kousa ‘WCBCRI’ (on the label) – whatever that means. No clues in the cornus books but a nice thing. The bracts are still white lower down where they do not catch the sun. As of today’s date very similar to ‘Wisley Queen’?
Cornus kousa ‘WCBCRI’
Cornus kousa ‘WCBCRI’
Nyssa aquatica is very late into leaf. The leaves are oblong and light green at first. Odd bark too as you can see here.
Nyssa aquatica
Nyssa aquatica
I locate another of the newly planted Styrax wilsonii. It has been too dry and the leaves have yet to develop properly. Fifty fifty for its survival but the flower is nice and the yellow base and anthers stand out on the tiny flowers.
Styrax wilsonii
Styrax wilsonii
Styrax wilsonii
Styrax wilsonii
Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’ is just coming out. It will be a good show soon. Nothing out yet on the other M virginiana hybrids (and no buds that I can see yet) nor on the species itself.
Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’
Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’
Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’
Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’
The oldest Magnolia dealbata has a couple of flowers at the very top of the plant – say 25-30ft. With my new zoom lens I am supposed to be able to catch it but I end of with fuzzy background – mainly. I need a lesson from Karol I fear.
Magnolia dealbata
Magnolia dealbata
Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’ is now full out.
Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’
So is Rhododendron auriculatum.
Rhododendron auriculatum
Rhododendron auriculatum
The Record Tree of Cornus walteri (formerly Cornus wilsonii) is out in full flower by the Fernery. Here the zoom lens appears to work better on the distant flowers at the top of this huge clump.
Cornus walteri
Cornus walteri
Cornus walteri
Cornus walteri
Preparations for tomorrow’s charity fete are well underway. Grass all cut (even the water-meadows), sponsors boards up and three tents in place.
Preparations for tomorrow’s charity fete
Preparations for tomorrow’s charity fete
Preparations for tomorrow’s charity fete
Preparations for tomorrow’s charity fete
Preparations for tomorrow’s charity fete
Preparations for tomorrow’s charity fete
Preparations for tomorrow’s charity fete
Preparations for tomorrow’s charity fete

2016 – CHW
A Great Gardens of Cornwall meeting at Tregrehan. Plans for the 25th anniversary book are well in hand and it appears to be costing the members very little.The meeting ends in complete hilarity when, for some bizarre reason, Jonathan Jones from Tregothnan suggests we must pay more attention to ‘naked gardening’. Apparently this was prompted by London’s new restaurant where you get your kit off to eat (waitresses included presumably). Jonathan muttered something about ‘naked magnolias’ which may or may not have been a phallic time warp or perhaps the meeting was dull enough for his mind to wander dangerously into unchartered territory.

2015 – CHW

A Rhododendron royalii hybrid (‘Royal Flush’? Yellow or apricot) has survived powdery mildew and a clump is flowering sparsely. This one is yellow and pink and nowhere near as good as the pinks and yellows now long dead.

Rhododendron royalii hybrid
Rhododendron royalii hybrid
Rhododendron royalii hybrid
Rhododendron royalii hybrid

A very late evergreen azalea (unnamed) has the merit of lateness but not much else.

evergreen azalea
Evergreen azalea
evergreen azalea
Evergreen azalea

Deutzia subulata is just going over. A Roy Lancaster introduction.

Deutzia subulata
Deutzia subulata
Deutzia subulata
Deutzia subulata
Deutzia pulchra is nearly out. A much more vigorous Lancaster introduction and gift to us.
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra

Several late azaleas above and below Bond Street

Azalea ‘Fireball’
Azalea ‘Fireball’
Azalea ‘Fireball’
Azalea ‘Fireball’
Azalea ‘Jock Brydon’
Azalea ‘Jock Brydon’

Azalea ‘Jock Brydon’

Azalea ‘June Fire’
Azalea ‘June Fire’

Azalea ‘June Fire’ – still in tight bud in shade.  The season for deciduous azaleas does go on longer than you might think and although visitor numbers are now sparse there is still quite a bit to see if you look.

A frog has made it into the dog kennels and two buzzards are eyeing up the chickens on the Lawn.  Bad year for moles and little joy with the traps on the Lawn.

2002 – FJW
A very misty week – sea seldom seen – very dreary and gloomy.

1928 – JCW
I came from Scotland, some trees and shrubs are doing very well, the Eriogynums and Griersonianums are good, the late Maddeni hybrids and the late Maddeni species of Forrest. Some Mag parviflora are open, some hypoleuca. M delavayi is not open yet but a lot of buds.

1924 – JCW
Came from London, much rain in the last three weeks and the best growth I ever saw in a short three weeks. Griersonianum and the Harrow hybrids are very good. Eriogynum is open. Cornish Loderi is just over. Mc is very good indeed for size of flowers in the NP8.

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