23rd June

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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Overnight at Brasted’s hotel and restaurant near Norwich. Left home at 3pm. Flight from Newquay to Stansted and sitting down to dinner by 8.45pm.

Brasted’s hotel and restaurant
Brasted’s hotel and restaurant
In the car park several nice specimens of, I think, Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Simon Louis Freres’ although there are other possibilities.
Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Simon Louis Freres’
Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Simon Louis Freres’
Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Simon Louis Freres’
Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Simon Louis Freres’
Like many of these euonymus they can be climbers as well as free standing shrubs. Here Euonymus ‘Emerald and Gold’.
Euonymus ‘Emerald and Gold’
Euonymus ‘Emerald and Gold’
Euonymus ‘Emerald and Gold’
Euonymus ‘Emerald and Gold’
Hebe rakiensis in full flower.
Hebe rakiensis
Hebe rakiensis
Hebe rakiensis
Hebe rakiensis
Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’ just going over.
Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’
Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’
Rhus verniciflua is one of the lesser known sumach species with flowerheads that are not conical and upright as they are in Rhus typhina and Rhus glabra. Nor are they the same colour.
Rhus verniciflua
Rhus verniciflua
Rhus verniciflua
Rhus verniciflua
Rhus verniciflua
Rhus verniciflua
Then off to Harrod Horticultural’s factory in Lowestoft and to discuss their show garden.
Blueberry fruit changing colour already in the Harrod Horticultural vegetable garden.
Blueberry fruit
Blueberry fruit
Wisteria venusta starting to grow up the new metal Harrod wisteria frame.
Wisteria venusta
Wisteria venusta
Wisteria venusta
Wisteria venusta
This will be the site of the new Harrod herbaceous garden to highlight and photograph the use of their plant supports. Quite a bit of clearance and preparation necessary before the new planting plans can take shape.
site of the new Harrod herbaceous garden
site of the new Harrod herbaceous garden
site of the new Harrod herbaceous garden
site of the new Harrod herbaceous garden
site of the new Harrod herbaceous garden
site of the new Harrod herbaceous garden

2016 – CHW
A few more Burncoose novelties for the 2017 catalogue photographed today:Euphorbia choracias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ seems very similar to Euphorbia ‘White Swan’ but if you like variegation this is one for you.
Euphorbia choracias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’
Euphorbia choracias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’
Euphorbia choracias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’
Euphorbia choracias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’
Bowkeria verticellata is a tender evergreen South African shrub probably requiring a conservatory outside Cornwall. The calceolaria-like flowers are attractive and smell mildly of face cream.
Bowkeria verticellata
Bowkeria verticellata
Bowkeria verticellata
Bowkeria verticellata
Delphinium ‘Bolero’ is a double lavender blue but not quite out yet. Dwarfish growing.
Delphinium ‘Bolero’
Delphinium ‘Bolero’
We have all voted Brexit in the UK referendum today in the Magnolia Tea Rooms polling station here. The two tellers expected a ‘big turnout’ but there are less than 100 electors in our ward or parish so they are in for another dull day 7am to 10pm. The pollsters say Cornwall is 55% for ‘Leave’ and Karol tells me the Facebook polling is even more for ‘Leave’ but who is his Facebook linked to? He claims in a poll of 100,000 5:2 for leaving. We will see and live in hope. A dirty campaign by both sides but the choice was simple and made years ago. It will be a long night!

2015 – CHW

Azalea indica
Azalea indica
Azalea indica
Azalea indica

A very old Azalea indica with orange-red flowers outside the front door is coming out. We know the Camellia ‘Lady Clare’ beside it dates from 1902 and that the pictures of JCW and his mother moving into Caerhays in 1868 does not show the azalea.

Three more Magnolia grandifloras on the top wall are now out. One has had a flower since February (see back). They all came from New Zealand about 20 years ago.‘Main Street’ – with large and unpleasantly floppy flowers.

MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Main Street'
MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Main Street’
MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Main Street'
MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Main Street’
MAGNOLIA grandiflora 'Main Street'
MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Main Street’

‘Russet’ – with attractive indumentum under the leaves well worth growing.

MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Russet’
MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Russet’
MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Russet’
MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Russet’

‘Overton’ – smaller shiny leaves and more pointed flowers. Small growing but still likes being on a wall.

MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Overton’
MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Overton’
MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Overton’
MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Overton’

1991 – FJW
Wet June – very heavy rain today – cool. DFW started her magnum carpet.

1933 – JCW
Just as in 1931.

1931 – JCW
Came back from Scotland. Maddeni has been as good as I ever saw as they have escaped the hot sun which commonly ruins the flowers. Harrow hybrids are really fine. Mag parviflora has many blooms perhaps hundreds on the big plant. Styrax japonica is not open yet. The late Obtusums near the Top Lodge are in flower.

1924 – JCW
R griersonianum, R maddeni, Harrow hybrids are all good. Styrax hemsleyanus comes on fast.

1920 – JCW
Ten days earlier than the above. The Beech Walk A arborescens are very good and so is the Maddeni . A Mikado is good at the Top Lodge.

1916 – JCW
Maddeni, the Wilson Fortunei’s , one or two Harrow hybrids, a Mikado and an orange azalea or so are all of that family open, with the Maddeni x cinnabarinum lot. Bamboo henonis is just starting.

1915 – JCW
Azalea Mikado and R micranthum with the Ponticums in the shade are the best rhodo’s. Wilson’s Fortunei’s are opening. B henonis is not really open yet. R calophytum is very good.

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