22nd 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

2019 – CHW

Ninety-five to lunch and tour here yesterday to raise funds for the Cornwall Historic Churches Trust. We kept the flower festival going in the church and prompted them to drop in on their way home – £87 extra raised. Thankfully that is about it for house tours and house group visits for this year.

Ross Collins has now felled and split all the trunks of the five big beech trees. We will do the burning up ourselves but we agreed on site to extend the new planting area for next spring by grubbing out some additional old camellias and the odd rhododendron.

felled and split
felled and split
felled and split
felled and split
felled and split
felled and split
felled and split
felled and split
Vaccinum cylindraeceum in full flower with greenish-cream flowers in profusion that have a hint of pink. Quite outstanding today. It comes from the Azores and only one of the three original plantings has made a decent plant. More or less evergreen with black fruits.
Vaccinum cylindraeceum
Vaccinum cylindraeceum
Vaccinum cylindraeceum
Vaccinum cylindraeceum
Vaccinum cylindraeceum
Vaccinum cylindraeceum
The supposed Magnolia floribunda var. tonkinensis (DJHV 06105) is probably Manglietia insignis from N. Vietnam but investigations continue with Crug Farm. Full out today and very well worth its place. Jaimie wants to layer it as cuttings have so far failed.
Magnolia floribunda var. tonkinensis
Magnolia floribunda var. tonkinensis
Magnolia floribunda var. tonkinensis
Magnolia floribunda var. tonkinensis
Magnolia floribunda var. tonkinensis
Magnolia floribunda var. tonkinensis
Magnolia floribunda var. tonkinensis
Magnolia floribunda var. tonkinensis
Tilia carolina subsp. heterophylla (syn. monticola) has the most gigantic leaves as you can see here. Far bigger than on any other lime tree which I have seen. The slugs have had a go in the recent rain but nothing too drastic and a roe deer has enjoyed a few lower leaves. Thankfully most are now out of reach.
Tilia carolina subsp. heterophylla
Tilia carolina subsp. heterophylla
Tilia carolina subsp. heterophylla
Tilia carolina subsp. heterophylla
Tilia carolina subsp. heterophylla
Tilia carolina subsp. heterophylla
Styrax faberi just coming out.
Styrax faberi
Styrax faberi
Ilex kingiana with berries already setting.
Jaimie and Michael just back from the Isle of Wight. Would it not be wonderful if we could put up signs like this in Cornwall. The Cornwall Red Squirrel Project is getting closer to a release on the Lizard Peninsula.

2018 – CHW
A fine crop of blueberries are emerging on the newly planted plants in the Isla Rose Plantation. Isla is now walking without support at 15 months old so she might just get to taste them later.

blueberries
blueberries
blueberries
blueberries
At the nursery today for various meetings.
Clematis florida ‘Taiga’ really is an outstanding show.
Clematis florida ‘Taiga’
Clematis florida ‘Taiga’
Clematis florida ‘Taiga’
Clematis florida ‘Taiga’
Delphinium ‘Wishful Thinking’ will be a pleasant bicoloured addition to next year’s catalogue.
Carpinus tuczaninowii will be new for next year too.
Carpinus tuczaninowii
Carpinus tuczaninowii
Carpinus tuczaninowii
Carpinus tuczaninowii
Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Summer Sunset’ has a gorgeous mix of leaf colours as the sun bleaches them red.
Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Summer Sunset’
Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Summer Sunset’
Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Summer Sunset’
Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Summer Sunset’

2017 – CHW
I stopped in Carnon Downs on the way to Burncoose today to photograph this amazing clump of pink lampranthus full out in the sun.

pink lampranthus
pink lampranthus
pink lampranthus
pink lampranthus
The five young plants of Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ are all growing on well on the bank. 2ft of new growth this year.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Overton’ has some stunning flowers. The other on the top wall are not out just yet.
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Overton’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Overton’
Gingko biloba ‘Saratoga’ has an extraordinary leaf structure. Very slow to get going as this has been here for eight years.
Gingko biloba ‘Saratoga’
Gingko biloba ‘Saratoga’
Gingko biloba ‘Saratoga’
Gingko biloba ‘Saratoga’
Another unknown but very late flowering evergreen azalea in two clumps between the ferneries. Not very floriferous and not a very nice orange-red. My father never knew its name either. Perhaps worth Asia propagating?
evergreen azalea
evergreen azalea
evergreen azalea
evergreen azalea
The young monkey puzzle is flowering for the first time. Is this a male of female? On the basis of the Wollemi seen yesterday the dark cones of flower should be male. [Update – they are male! See comments below.]
monkey puzzle
monkey puzzle
monkey puzzle
monkey puzzle
This ancient Rhododendron indicum by the front door is quite a show!
Rhododendron indicum
Rhododendron indicum
Rhododendron indicum
Rhododendron indicum
Rhododendron indicum
Rhododendron indicum

2016 – CHW
Day trip to Hook Norton Brewery for a monthly board meeting.
2015 – CHW
Another styrax full out; Styrax obassia with the largest leaves of any species and white racemens of flowers hidden amid the foliage.Cornus kousa ‘National’ (I think) on the drive has large faintly star shaped flowers. This was planted in 1991 and is a good sized tree.Behind it a clump of three white Rhododendron decorum coming into their prime but flowering rather later than the older and ancient original plants in the garden, some of which were out a month ago and all of which are now over.On the Hovel Cart Road the evergreen Cornus hongkongensis is starting the odd flower. The US reference book on cornus does not even mention this variety which one has to say is a pretty dull collector’s item. The other one was pruned up by deer.Near Georges Hut a fine 15 year old replacement clump of Rhododendron auriculatum  flowering its heart out.Touching them is a 1991 vintage Stewartia rostrata with its first few huge camellia-like flowers with a splodge of pink. This is, to my mind, the best of the stewartias with superb dark purple, almost black autumn colour.In Kennel Close we find a styrax (ex Crug) which is flowering profusely and the first time seen by me. About six years from planting and now bushy and about eight feet tall. Some leaves are oval and some more elliptical. The reference books are unclear. I think it is Styrax wilsonii but it may be Styrax officinalis which grows rather taller; twice the size in fact.

A new Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ has its first three flowers where we can see them unlike the main 1991 planted tree.

Primula helodoxa is flowering just outside my study window. There used to be quite a collection of candelabra primulas in the Auklandii Garden where they would self sow themselves on damp bare earth patches. It was interesting to note that over time all the new seedlings became yellow and still a few pop up (as here) from time to time. Primula helodoxa clearly has the dominant gene and the only survivor.

1996 – FJW
Magnolia Macrophylla dealbata in flower for first time.

1917 – JCW
The Wilson Fortunei’s are starting to open. A Mikado is very good and A arborescens, also some of the Harrow hybrids. Papa gontier [rose] is good and also R maddeni, hardly a bud was touched by the great frost.

1897 – JCW
The waterlilies are at their best. Bambusa nigra at full length, Henonis at ¾ of their length, Mitis only now starting in some cases and so nitida.

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