29th June

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CW 1940-1955

2018 – CHW

The Cornish hedgerows are looking so wonderful that I stopped on the way to Burncoose to pick out a few things that we may well grow in our gardens but which are actually wild or native hedgerow plants originally.

Lonicera periclymenum (common honeysuckle) has white to yellow flowers flushed red on occasion. Very fragrant and variable in form as you see here. Every garden centre sells this!

Lonicera periclymenum
Lonicera periclymenum
Lonicera periclymenum
Lonicera periclymenum
A blue fescue of some sort. I photographed this last year in the Isle of Wight but nothing like the 5ft tall it is here.
blue fescue
blue fescue
Rosa canina, the dog rose, is full out everywhere. Here a pink form.
Rosa canina
Rosa canina
Rosa canina
Rosa canina
The more common form (here at least) of R. canina is white. The forms I see in Durham hedgerows have larger flowers than these.
Rosa canina
Rosa canina
Rosa canina
Rosa canina
What a joy it is to see the hedgerows uncut until (now) August by law. The tourists grumble about scratches to their cars in narrow lanes but the plants are winning, seeding and adding to ‘diversity’. A popular word amongst liberal thinkers on the left but in a hedgerow context it actually means something.

2017 – CHW
Compare Tropaeolum ciliatum to Tropaeolum speciosum seen recently. This plant has been flowering since March and never died down over winter unlike speciosum. Wonderful value and one which Asia needs to propagate from seeds or cuttings soon. A welcome addition to the Burncoose catalogue. I wonder if we can obtain any other hardy tropaeolum varieties?

Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum
The old fashioned alstromeria which has grown, seeded and suckered itself in several borders.
alstromeria
alstromeria
alstromeria
alstromeria
Fuchsia exorticatica still has an odd flower left but the seed pods are swelling. People often ask us at shows ‘how long a plant flower for’? They are often disappointed in the reality of three weeks or less in hot weather. This plant has been in flower for at least five months since well before the leaves first emerged. Good value!
Fuchsia exorticatica
Fuchsia exorticatica

2016 – CHW
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Overton’ has a huge flower on the top wall.

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Overton’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Overton’
Styrax wilsonii is just going over in the greenhouse. These are replacement plants for this species which died out some years ago outside the back yard.
Styrax wilsonii
Styrax wilsonii
Styrax japonicus ‘Evening Light’ has wonderful dark foliage and large flowers with just a hint of pink. This is the first time I have seen this new variety in flower although only one flower left.
Styrax japonicus ‘Evening Light’
Styrax japonicus ‘Evening Light’
Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’ is well worth its place and much earlier into flower than the commoner white form.
Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’
Styrax japonicus ‘Snowcap’ was only planted this year but is already performing well. The flowers protrude out and are far more visible than on a normal S japonicus.
Styrax japonicus ‘Snowcap’
Styrax japonicus ‘Snowcap’
Styrax japonicus ‘Snowcap’
Styrax japonicus ‘Snowcap’
Styrax formosanus var hayatiana (BSWJ 6823) was planted in 2010 and has done superbly as a dense multi stemmed tree. The flowers are just going over.
Styrax formosanus var hayatiana (BSWJ 6823)
Styrax formosanus var hayatiana (BSWJ 6823)
Styrax formosanus var hayatiana (BSWJ 6823)
Styrax formosanus var hayatiana (BSWJ 6823)
The original clump of Rhododendron griersonianum which we cut for Chelsea still has plenty of good flowers a month or more later.
Rhododendron griersonianum
Rhododendron griersonianum
Rhododendron griersonianum
Rhododendron griersonianum
Magnolia ‘Genie’ still has a couple of decent-ish flowers as well three months after first showing colour.
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Meliosma dilleniifolia subsp cuneifolia is not yet out but the flower spikes are clearly visible.
Meliosma dilleniifolia subsp cuneifolia
Meliosma dilleniifolia subsp cuneifolia
Meliosma dilleniifolia subsp cuneifolia
Meliosma dilleniifolia subsp cuneifolia
A maddenia rhododendron with huge white flowers which I have never seen before above Orchid House Nursery.
maddenia rhododendron with huge white flowers
maddenia rhododendron with huge white flowers
maddenia rhododendron with huge white flowers
maddenia rhododendron with huge white flowers
Echinops battanicus has survived in this border for at least 50 years.
Echinops battanicus
Echinops battanicus
Echinops battanicus
Echinops battanicus

2015 – CHW

Rhododendrons dying
Rhododendrons dying

A little rain yesterday after a very dry month. The first rhododendrons are responding to it being dry by dying but it may just be honeyfungus which strikes at this time of the year.

Magnolia seed pods I
Magnolia seed pods
Magnolia seed pods 2
Magnolia seed pods

The only goodish news is that several magnolias are, as a result of the dry spell, shedding their seed pods and will not be wasting energy producing huge seeds this autumn. Soon we hope to see next year’s buds appearing instead.

There is much talk about second flowerings of magnolias in September but I can find several very late stunted flowers on a Magnolia dawsoniana seedling beyond the Rockery. This was full out in late April. The stunted flowers are a much darker colour and right on the extremities of the branches.

Magnolia dawsoniana
Magnolia dawsoniana
Magnolia dawsoniana
Magnolia dawsoniana

1992 – FJW
First gossamer of rain since June 3rd. It has not been so hot as 1976 but the signs do not look good – bad weather has been hitting north north Scotland and the Mediterranean – newly planted stuff suffering.

1989 – FJW
With Philip near recently dead Rho loderi, saw tree magnolias coming up in the wild.

1932 – JCW
Just as in 1928. Some goodish azaleas, a goodish double pink of Antony is extra good. The big Mag parviflora is extraordinary and many hundreds of flowers are open.

1928 – JCW
Moyesi set of roses nearly over. Maddeni is good and so Arborescens, Styrax, roses in the 3 beds and American Pillar.

1912 – JCW
First crop of roses is over, Arums nice, Escallonia langleyense and the late Wilson Fortunei’s are the best things open. Some Azaleas in the Beech Walk are well out. Has been a wet month.

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