31st May

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’ is again coming up trumps as the rest of the garden is very nearly over.

Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’
Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’
Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’
Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’
Syringa yunnanensis flowering for the first time. Bought from Glendoick. A bit like Syringa pinnata in flower?
Syringa yunnanensis
Syringa yunnanensis
Syringa yunnanensis
Syringa yunnanensis
A Ghent Azalea ‘Corneille’ is well out in Kennel Close. The others are either over or flowering more sparsely than last year.
Azalea ‘Corneille’
Azalea ‘Corneille’
Azalea ‘Corneille’
Azalea ‘Corneille’
Azalea ‘Orange King’ (evergreen) is the last of the new clumps in Kennel Close to flower. I have missed the others during Chelsea.
Azalea ‘Orange King’
Azalea ‘Orange King’
Azalea ‘Orange King’
Azalea ‘Orange King’
A rogue Rhododendron ponticum is suddenly visible opposite Rhododendron stenaulum. It must go!
Rhododendron ponticum
Rhododendron ponticum
Rhododendron ponticum
Rhododendron ponticum
Podocarpus ‘Blue Gem’ has the most superb new growth. I was introduced to this plant by David Lees in Lymington who once grew it in his coastal garden. It is dead there now from the 2012 cold winter I believe.
Podocarpus ‘Blue Gem’
Podocarpus ‘Blue Gem’
Podocarpus ‘Blue Gem’
Podocarpus ‘Blue Gem’
The last few flowers on Michelia foveolata.
Michelia foveolata
Michelia foveolata
Michelia foveolata
Michelia foveolata
Azalea ‘Moidart’ from afar.
Azalea ‘Moidart’
Azalea ‘Moidart’
Viburnum globosum (?) also from afar.
Viburnum globosum
Viburnum globosum
The youngish Quercus cleistocarpa with its silvery new growth above Hovel Cart Road. Philip Tregunna grew this as a cutting off the old tree.
Quercus cleistocarpa
Quercus cleistocarpa
Another Rhododendron ponticum seedling self sown on the bank above Lower Quarry Nursery. This too must go!
Rhododendron ponticum
Rhododendron ponticum

2016 – CHW
A few nice new things photographed for the 2017 catalogue at Burncoose. Yes, it is that time again and the next job on the agenda.Acer shirasawanum ‘Jordan’ – a very delicate yellow leaf and supposedly a hybrid with Acer palmatum.
Acer shirasawanum ‘Jordan’
Acer shirasawanum ‘Jordan’
Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’ which I expected to see much of at Chelsea as it is new but did not.
Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’
Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’
Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymans Silver’ – a gorgeous new one to me.
Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymans Silver’
Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymans Silver’
Kalmia latifolia ‘Snowdrift’ – pure white and very new to Burncoose. Canadian bred I believe.
Kalmia latifolia ‘Snowdrift’
Kalmia latifolia ‘Snowdrift’
Arundo donax ‘Golden Chain’ – far less horrid than the plain green form.
Arundo donax ‘Golden Chain’
Arundo donax ‘Golden Chain’
Rosa cantabriensis – not a great advance on Rosa ‘Mermaid’ but more prickles!
Rosa cantabriensis
Rosa cantabriensis

2015 – CHW
The dogs set off for a short one and the plan is to look at just weigelia but of course it goes all wrong. I start with Weigelia ‘Florida Variegata’ but, on close inspection, the edges to the new growth are yellowish and not white until later.  Probably still correct and planted below the bank on the lawn 40 plus years ago by me.

Weigelia 'Florida Variegata' 1
Weigelia ‘Florida Variegata’
Weigelia 'Florida Variegata'
Weigelia ‘Florida Variegata’
Jasminum humile 'Revolutum' 2
Jasminum humile ‘Revolutum’
Jasminum humile 'Revolutum' 1
Jasminum humile ‘Revolutum’

Beside it is a good plant of Jasminum humile ‘Revolutum’ which we need to propagate as always out of stock at Burncoose.

Several ancient wisteria
Several ancient wisteria

I need to take a closer look at the several ancient wisterias growing up through yew trees above the wall and on the Rookery . Not out yet although all those nearer the house are over.

Azalea 'Gena Mae'
Azalea ‘Gena Mae’

A nice double flowering Azalea ‘Gena Mae’ which amusingly is not one of the thousands listed in Galle’s book.

Symplocus paniculata 3
Symplocus paniculata
Symplocus paniculata 1
Symplocus paniculata

The original plants (and possibly record sized) of Symplocus paniculata are covered in flower.  Very large shrubs in a clump.  Blue berries later.  Supposedly a strong scent but not obvious.

Then to the late flowering and somewhat insipid coloured deciduous azaleas around Trevanions Holly.  It is shady here but they are clearly a unique batch of something different.  Large clumps, not as many varieties as I had thought, all different in habit and clearly some are old hybrids quite close to their rhododendron species parents.
Different azaleas 9
Azaleas
Different azaleas 8
Azaleas
Different azaleas 7
Azaleas
Different azaleas 6
Azaleas
Different azaleas 5
Azaleas
Different azaleas 4
Azaleas
Different azaleas 3
Azaleas
Different azaleas 2
Azaleas
Different azaleas 1
Azaleas

Then back down through Hardy and Berts Nursery between the two ferneries.  Who Hardy and Bert were I have no idea nor do I ever remember the nursery bed which is now full of Azalea ‘Hinomayo’ once sold as a cut flower to Covent Garden 40 years ago.

Ekianthus perulatus 2
Ekianthus perulatus
Ekianthus perulatus 3
Ekianthus perulatus

Below the azalea are five mature plants of – yes! – enkianthus.  Four are over and look like single Enkianthus campanulatus but one still has a few flowers and is clearly the white Enkianthus perulatus.  Nice to know we have this as an original plant too.  Must check the autumn colour.

Perhaps 'Cecile' 2
Perhaps Azalea ‘Cecile’?
Perhaps 'Cecile' 1
Perhaps Azalea ‘Cecile’?

One azalea by the tower.  Perhaps ‘Cecile’ planted 25 to 30 years ago.  Just coming out.

Lonicera lanceolata 2
Lonicera lanceolata
Lonicera lanceolata 1
Lonicera lanceolata

Below the Rabbit Warren is the unusual shrubby honeysuckle (from Crug) Lonicera lanceolata.  Not one to rush for but different and worth propagating.

Weigelia 'Florida Variegata' 2
Weigelia ‘Florida Variegata’
Weigelia 'Florida Variegata' 2
Weigelia ‘Florida Variegata’

Opposite it is another Weigelia ‘Florida Variegata’ with a slightly different coloured flower.  This one is full out while the one on the lawn is nearly over.  No yellow edges here so we clearly do have two different plants.  Undecided which is the best but both a really good show.

1994 – FJW
Summer may have started – 3 days of SUN.

1993 – FJW
May has been very wet.

1953 – CW
Still perfect flowers on Michelias – a few Camellias Alba, Simplex and Kimberley. Auklandii over. Cornish Loderi at its best, also many Azaleas good. Cornus nearly out. Mag wilsoni etc at their best. Harrows Hybrid Rhodo good and some of the Fortunei series. Horse chestnut opposite yard which I put in flowered for first time. Primulas good.

1917 – JCW
Waterers on the wane. Occidentales in bud. Mrs J.C.W not open enough to post. Harrow hybrids just show colour. Some azaleas are very good. Hovel batch not yet at best. P.D brought some beautiful flowers to Truro whites and pinky whites.

1916 – JCW
About the best day of the azaleas. Several Harrow hybrids are out. Waterers about their best. Auklandii’s over. P helodoxa is very good and it finished in the rain.

1901 – JCW
Leave for London tomorrow, a little outside seed picked and all under glass. Pink Pearl going over. Iris germanica over, moving a good few bulbs. Granite soil came this day.

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