1st June

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2017 – CHW

The flower buds on Hydrangea seemanii are well developed on the wall.

Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
As they are on Actinidia deliciosa. Both much earlier than usual.
Actinidia deliciosa
Actinidia deliciosa
Actinidia deliciosa
Actinidia deliciosa
The new growth on the single pink Camellia sasanquas is a startling purplish-red. I have often seen this fleetingly but never got around to photographing it.
single pink Camellia sasanquas
single pink Camellia sasanquas
single pink Camellia sasanquas
single pink Camellia sasanquas
Conversely the single white Camellia sasanquas have conventional light green new growth. I wonder why the difference is so marked on these 100 year old plants?
single white Camellia sasanquas
single white Camellia sasanquas
A wild clump of Gladiolus communis subsp Byzantinus growing again on the bank opposite the front door. The single corm has multiplied from last year.
Gladiolus communis subsp Byzantinus
Gladiolus communis subsp Byzantinus
Plenty of wild campion now replaces the primroses, daffodils and bluebells here too. Only three weeks since the bluebells faded and the grass took over.
wild campion
wild campion
Erigeron karvinskianus (syn mucronatus) now at its early season best, growing wild on and in the walls. The immature flowers are pink in full sun but all white in the shade. This plant will carry on flowering until the first frost. No wonder it is a Burncoose bestseller and a valuable coastal and seaside plant. Self seeds in profusion but easily pulled up!
Erigeron karvinskianus
Erigeron karvinskianus
Erigeron karvinskianus
Erigeron karvinskianus
The arum lilies are at their best very early too by the gents’ loo.
arum lilies
arum lilies
Cornus kousa ‘Wisley Queen’ is just fully out but not quite yet specked with pink and red as the bracts will become later.
Cornus kousa ‘Wisley Queen’
Cornus kousa ‘Wisley Queen’
Cornus kousa ‘Wisley Queen’
Cornus kousa ‘Wisley Queen’
In full sun the new growth on Sciadopitys verticillata is a gorgeous yellow. I have never picked up on this before.
Sciadopitys verticillata
Sciadopitys verticillata
Sciadopitys verticillata
Sciadopitys verticillata
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Pride of Norway’ is now full out. Is it any different to Magnolia sieboldii ‘Colossus’? I think not.
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Pride of Norway’
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Pride of Norway’
A flower showing the outer pink bracts on Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flash’. This is the only flower I have managed to catch perfectly in the last week or so. They come out and drop very quickly.
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flash’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flash’

2016 – CHW
Attached is Maurice Foster’s email and archive pictures relating to Magnolia sieboldii sinensis. The pictures of our own plants’ leaves are attached. They are not as rounded as the herbarium specimens but just as hairy. Quite whether we have a true original M s sinensis to match the one at Windsor is therefore not conclusive although the habit and flower on the Windsor plant is identical to ours.Three newly planted out Acer flabellatum var yunnanese are coming into leaf. They were seedlings from the original plant in the Chinese garden at Werrington which we collected there five plus years ago.
Acer flabellatum var yunnanese
Acer flabellatum var yunnanese
Acer flabellatum var yunnanese
Acer flabellatum var yunnanese
Staphylea trifolia is later than the other species into flower and a real show today above the greenhouse.
Staphylea trifolia
Staphylea trifolia
Staphylea trifolia
Staphylea trifolia
Azalea ‘Rosebud’ went to Chelsea but only made it to the skip as it was not quite out in time. Now it certainly is!
Azalea ‘Rosebud’
Azalea ‘Rosebud’
Azalea ‘Rosebud’
Azalea ‘Rosebud’
Wisteria ‘Violacea Plena’ (syn ‘Black Dragon’) is a sparse flowerer with us but a pretty unique double flowered form well worth growing.
Wisteria ‘Violacea Plena’
Wisteria ‘Violacea Plena’
2015 – CHW
Seeing Crug Farm Nursery exhibiting at the Tregrehan rare plant sale allowed a big purchase which may obviate the need to order from them in the spring.   I have to confess to gloating over the two purchases.

The list of exciting and new plants collected in the wild (China and Vietnam) by Sue and Bleddyn is here for the record.Ternstroemia gymnathera

Rhederodendron ichangensis

Acer leptaphlebium

Lindera angustifolia

Polyspora axillaris

Ucodendron whartonii

Magnolia crassifolia

Rhodelia aff henryi

Magnolia foveolata

Rhederodendron kwangtungense

Rhoiptelea chiliantha

Polyspora speciosa

Illicium aff griffithii

Magnolia floribunda var tonkinensis

Rhodelia aff henryi

Rhodelia aff parvipetala

Alniphyllum aff eberhardii

Nyssa sinensis

Rhederodendron kwangtungense
Rhederodendron kwangtungense

Most were massive plants which had to be planted out immediately irrespective of the season. So huge pits, a flagon of water in each first and dung in each pit with plenty of difficult staking. We may have to water them again and again if the summer turns out hot but 10 of the 18 plants are now in sheltered dampish locations with dappled shade. The rest can be potted on for spring planting. Two new to Caerhays species of rehderodendron, two more species of the camellia like flowering polyspora and our first ever two species of rhodelia. What excitement!

Rhodelia aff henryi
Rhodelia aff henryi
Illicium aff Griffithii
Illicium aff griffithii
Illicium aff Griffithii
Illicium aff griffithii
Fuchsia Spray Award
Fuchsia Spray Award

Burncoose had a good day at yesterday’s rare plant sale too shifting 80 of the 120 plants (50 separate varieties) taken for a four figure sum.  A huge turnout of knowledgeable gardeners and a day which reminded me of my first experience of direct plant selling when I sold out all my rooted fuchsia cuttings from the slate slab at the front door on an open day 40 years ago.  Dad made me give the proceeds to charity (or so he thought).

Then to a trip around the garden with Daphne Scott-Harden, our great family friend from the north who has been seriously in the wars after being knocked down by a car in Hexham las July.   She is still on a crutch and with dad on his zimmer the garden tour for her will have to be in a ‘mule’.

1920 – JCW
We are a week ahead of 1919. Some of the Azalea remain very nice, particularly those nearest to Calendulaceum. The Harrow hybrids are poor, the heat hit them last year very hard.

1919 – JCW
Auklandii’s on the wane. Azaleas fair. P helodoxa very good. Cinnabarinum x Yunnanense very pretty and I had them draped and wired.

1913 – JCW
Auklandii’s over. Azaleas (our hybrids) yet very good. P balieyana nice. Roses well started, a small bit of daff seed picked.

1899 – JCW
Came down from London for one day, 4/5ths of the Caerhays seed picked, weighs over ½ pound (clean), most of the H Irving and G Spur. A bad season for the May, now at its best,. No waterlilies yet. Few of the bamboo doing much. Edgeworthii coming on. Dalhousi and Auklandii just at their best, also Azaleas, and P gibsoni. Most of the rhodo’s open including Ponticum.

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