An inspection of the young Stewartia plantation which, I fear, is proving that all that comes from Holland is not perfectly labelled.
Stewartia sinensis has huge flowers compared to our old original plant. This does not make it necessarily wrongly named to I need to key out all its features including the seeds and eventual bark. In some respects it looks correct (eg five petals).
Stewartia monodelpha has pinkish buds and a hint of pink on the reverse of the odd petal. From the autumn colour seen last autumn on this young plant I suspect it may well in fact be Stewartia rostrata. Again I need to key it out properly but the picture in The Plantsman (June 2008) of this is nothing like it and certainly has no pink in the flower.
Stewartia x henryae, which I have never seen in flower before but has had exceptional red autumn colours, seems more than likely to be entirely correct.
Stewartia ogisu is now full out and is certainly pretty and different. I cannot find anything much about this in the reference books or in Koen Camelbeke’s excellent pictorial key dated October 2014.
I have yet to find our plants of Stewartia serrata, Stewartia malacodendron and Stewartia ovata. We have probably looked at Stewartia pseudocamellia and S. rostrata quite enough already over the years.
2018 – CHW
Rain at last in a pleasant showery drizzle!
The RHS and The Conservation Foundation are doing a national survey to locate and identify mature elms which have survived elm disease and still thrive. In the Rookery there has always been a Broadleaved Elm which I think is Ulmus glabra. It is so long since we thought about planting elms that I have to look hard in the reference books. I will photograph and send in photographs of hedgerows of ‘Cornish elms’ shortly. These have tiny leaves in comparison to this one.
A superbly fine and sunny day for the charity fete. 457 cars in the three car parks by 12.15 and ?150 more after that. Many raffle tickets sold and a good profit all round I hope. It turns out that numbers at the entrance (who paid) were about 1,500. Well down to two years ago sadly when we had double this number. Simply too fine a day and they all stayed on the beach.
Setting up at the start of the day
Merry go round
The ‘heavy’ horse
Magi and Sheila counting the entrance money
Tree measuring with Owen Johnson, The Tree Register national (UK and NI) recorder, at Burncoose. He visited on his own in 2014 and missed a few things (Magnolia ‘Charles Coates’) so we review everything and I will attach the Burncoose revised record trees (UK and Cornwall) list here when he produces it again. Along the way I discover a good Rhododendron sanguineum by the pond. Shy to flower but a very dark red indeed.
2015 – CHW
Clearance work in the Lower Rockery now complete. The dead myrtles cleared and the podocarpus hedge which had blown over has now been removed along with all the ivy and crap from 20 years of neglect.
A nice young Rhododendron decorum with four flowers planted spring 2014.
If the old cornus on the drive is controversa then the one by Donkey Shoe must be Cornus alternifolia but I am still not sure without seeing the berries. The flowers are very high up but do not seem quite right for Cornus alternifolia.
Finally Magnolia globosa is coming out after two to three weeks of showing colour.
First flowering at Caerhays of the yellow Calycanthus floridus ‘Athens’. Not as nice as when I saw it on ‘Acer’ Harris’ stand at Chelsea about 10 years ago. Greenish-yellow really but far from the normal red.
You will not see a better display of white wisteria in a yew tree than this! Tiny frogs still much in evidence in the Upper Rockery as I show Asia what we need from cuttings here soon.
1967 – FJW
Dry spell of 2 weeks duration. Newly planted stuff showing signs of thirst.
Cornwall County Garden Produce Assoc, some hundreds say 400 went round. Orbiculari, Griersonianum all good also Soulei and hybrids, and Cornus. Very few Magnolias left but Parviflora good also Maddeni in Rockery. Maddeni hybrids over. It has been very dry and high winds.