24th 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

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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