24th June

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2019 – CHW

Time to investigate our Manglietias in flower. I have always known we had three ancient trees and been led to believe that two were M. insignis and one M. hookeri. In the event today I have actually found four veteran trees which I have tried to photograph but they are so huge and tall or enclosed by other things that I have not done this very well. Frankly I am still very puzzled as to which is which and need guidance. More excitingly, I have found three more species of Manglietia with their first flower buds here following last summer’s heat I assume.

Manglietia moto (now Magnolia kwangtungensis) with its first ever flower buds – about 10. Tom Hudson collector’s number TH 2777. Planted 2008. Orange indumentum covers the buds as well as the earlier new growth.

Manglietia moto
Manglietia moto
Manglietia moto
Manglietia moto
These two ancient Manglietias are above Crinodendron Hedge and planted side by side. The outer tepals are pink at first as you would expect with M. insignis. However the tepals recurve back under the flower as it comes out fully and the inner tepals are initially fairly erect and creamy white. Both trees are, I think, the same in flower although it can be confusing looking at the odd lower flower against the multitude at the top of the tree. The flowers are a great deal smaller than those on the young M. insignis we saw in flower last week but they would be on such an old tree. Beside these trees I find a forgotten second mature Lithocarpus cleistocarpa. Did I know it was there? Once perhaps but long since forgotten!
M. insignis
M. insignis
M. insignis
M. insignis
M. insignis
M. insignis
M. insignis
M. insignis
M. insignis
M. insignis
This is the Manglietia below Donkey Shoe. It is full out. After a great deal of looking I see no pink outer tepals but they may just have recurved under the now open flowers. From memory I have seen them pink here before. It is difficult to see how this tree is much different from M. insignis but I have no idea what M. hookeri looks like by way of comparison. So it will be down not to flower size or colour but to leaf stipule sizes and leaf nodes. New Trees does not list insignis or hookeri so I am stumped for detailed information.
Manglietia below Donkey Shoe
Manglietia below Donkey Shoe
Manglietia below Donkey Shoe
Manglietia below Donkey Shoe
Manglietia below Donkey Shoe
Manglietia below Donkey Shoe
Manglietia below Donkey Shoe
Manglietia below Donkey Shoe
Manglietia below Donkey Shoe
Manglietia below Donkey Shoe
Manglietia below Donkey Shoe
Manglietia below Donkey Shoe
I cannot find this young Manglietia caveana on any list? Perhaps I am wrong in thinking it is a Manglietia? [No it is after checking but Magnolia caveana now of course.]
Manglietia caveana
Manglietia caveana
Manglietia caveana
Manglietia caveana
Manglietia caveana
Manglietia caveana
This one is supposedly Manglietia yuyuanensis (now Magnolia yuyuanensis but apparently a synonym for Magnolia floribunda var. fardiano in Flora of China). Also with its first flowers here which we look forward to.
Manglietia yuyuanensis
Manglietia yuyuanensis
Manglietia yuyuanensis
Manglietia yuyuanensis
Manglietia yuyuanensis
Manglietia yuyuanensis
Manglietia yuyuanensis
Manglietia yuyuanensis
Manglietia yuyuanensis
Manglietia yuyuanensis
A young Magnolia sapaensis from Crug Farm (FMWJ 13315) is doing well. Only when I passed it for the third time did I notice the first three buds at different stages of development. Only three years from planting which is a big bonus. I guess it must be a Manglietia but it is, again, not on the definitive name change list.
Magnolia sapiensis
Magnolia sapiensis
Magnolia sapiensis
Magnolia sapiensis
Magnolia sapiensis
Magnolia sapiensis
Magnolia sapiensis
Magnolia sapiensis
Now to the Rookery to look at the fourth ancient tree which I had been led to believe was Manglietia hookeri (now Magnolia hookeri). The tree is so tall and enclosed by other evergreen oaks that I find more petals on the ground than I can make out clear flowers on the tree. No pink outer tepals visible but otherwise I am no further forward.
Manglietia hookeri
Manglietia hookeri
Manglietia hookeri
Manglietia hookeri
Manglietia hookeri
Manglietia hookeri
Manglietia hookeri
Manglietia hookeri
Manglietia hookeri
Manglietia hookeri
So at least we have come across three species of Manglietia which will be flowering in the next month. I wonder if they will prove to be true to name?

2018 – CHW
Yesterday a garden tour with a family whose mother works at KPK.
Chionanthus virginicus in full flower hidden away at the top of the garden in a poor spot. The one at Burncoose flowers much better albeit in dappled shade. The American fringe tree is a better bet than the Chinese one in terms of flower and shape of the plant I think (Chionanthus retusus).
Chionanthus virginicus
Chionanthus virginicus
Chionanthus virginicus
Chionanthus virginicus
Robinia hispida var kelseyi or var rosea. I am not sure and planting predates 1997 so is not yet computerised. A medium shrub with arching branches and no spines but its leaf form is not that of the R. hispida which we sell in the nursery and the flowers are not pink. Robinia hispida var kelseyi has lilac-pink flowers so that seems the best bet as far as I know.
Robinia hispida var kelseyi
Robinia hispida var kelseyi
Robinia hispida var kelseyi
Robinia hispida var kelseyi
Deutzia pulchra with its ‘lily of the valley’ drooping racemes of flowers. The buds are globular. A splendid plant introduced and given to us by Roy Lancaster.
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra
Deutzia pulchra
I have just missed the pink form of Rhododendron viscosum flowering away in Old Park. A big clump which it was a surprise to find last year. One for Asia to propagate as it is perhaps nicer than the white form at Burncoose.
Rhododendron viscosum
Rhododendron viscosum
Hydrangea seemanii just coming out on the wall. Its bulbous buds are starting to spring open. I first saw this then relatively new introduction at Trevarno gardens 35 years ago by torchlight after a drunken dinner there with Peter Bickford-Smith. The gardens are no longer open to the public and are now owned by an American and a Russian.
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii

2017 – CHW
To West Sussex for a 60th birthday party. A good mixed garden with many Burncoose plants. Dry but on green sand so generally water not far down into the soil.Clerodendron trochotomum ‘Carnival’ as a large shrub. We have had this in the catalogue but not recently. Clearly not tender here.
Clerodendron trochotomum ‘Carnival’
Clerodendron trochotomum ‘Carnival’
Clerodendron trochotomum ‘Carnival’
Clerodendron trochotomum ‘Carnival’
This wonderful trachelospermum surrounds the door to the garden. Is it Trachelospermum jasminoides or Trachelospermum asiaticum? The small leaf suggests Trachelospermum asiaticum but the flower is pure white and does not look to be fading to yellow as it should. The pure white flowers mean it is actually Trachelospermum jasminoides although the leaves are much smaller than the norm. A brilliant scented surround. Is this a hybrid between the two species?
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Schizophragma integrifolium standing proud on a wall. Quite a sight.
Schizophragma integrifolium
Schizophragma integrifolium
Schizophragma integrifolium
Schizophragma integrifolium
Cedrus atlantica f. glauca with plenty of new cones formed on a 50 to 60 year old tree.
Cedrus atlantica f. glauca
Cedrus atlantica f. glauca
Cedrus atlantica f. glauca
Cedrus atlantica f. glauca

2016 – CHWLiberation Day!

Having spent another four hours yesterday working out how to fill in the new European woodland grant applications I now do not have to bother. So no more nonsense about climate change, priority species etc and hopefully back to basics in a new UK scheme based on timber production and landscape value. How long will that take I wonder?

2015 – CHW

Styrax japonicas
Styrax japonica
The last of the original Styrax japonicas is full out and plastered in bees. The flowers are already carpeting the ground. Two other original plants here and at Burncoose both suddenly died of old age two years ago. Over flowering probably hastened their demise.
I had forgotten that we still have one really decent clump of Rhododendron royalii ‘Pink Flush’.
Rhododendron royalii ‘Pink Flush’
Rhododendron royalii ‘Pink Flush’
Rhododendron royalii ‘Pink Flush’
Rhododendron royalii ‘Pink Flush’
Rhododendron royalii ‘Pink Flush’
Rhododendron royalii ‘Pink Flush’

Probably the best thing in the garden today and a must for propagation.  Further up Burns Bank is a large mature plant of Stewartia sinensis which is still in tight bud. The way that the bark flakes is entirely consistent with this species.

Stewartia sinensis
Stewartia sinensis
Stewartia sinensis
Stewartia sinensis
Stewartia sinensis
Stewartia sinensis

2003 – FJW
Catalpa duclouxii in flower from suckers (sign of hot summer?). Quercus oxyodon in flower (first time?).1998 – FJW
Picked flower of Sinocalyanthus – first time it has flowered here. Young Lithocarpus pachyphyllus by Charlie Michaels Nursery setting seed. Two Mag rostrata still some.1965 – FJW
A sad day, Laurence Trudgeon left after 16 years in the garden. he worked as hard on his last day as he did on his first.

1962 – FJW
This has been a very late year. The drive Azaleas were at their best between June 5-15th. Falconeri is still out. Camellias in main piece and up the drive are still out. It is now hot and the first field of hay bailed.

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