11th November

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2017 – CHW

Lomatia ferruginea is loaded with seed which is not yet ripe. Mainly at the very top of the tree but it did flower copiously all over. Asia needs to wait a week or two before using the long handled pruners to collect the seed.

Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Autumnal views over Hovel Cart Road towards Old Park.
Autumnal views
Autumnal views
Autumnal views
Autumnal views
Styrax formosanus var formosanus is as laden with seeds as it was with flowers. Collected a large envelope full in only a couple of minutes.
Styrax formosanus var formosanus
Styrax formosanus var formosanus
Seed forming on Schima khasiana which I have never observed before. Not long after flowering really. The seeds are a bit like crab apples and appear singly here and there.
Schima khasiana
Schima khasiana

2016 – CHW
Jaimie wants to dig up some of these aptly named ‘ginger lilies’ (hedychium) and put a few around the garden. Their seed heads are very striking although the flowers are not. Strangely the slugs do not do the leaves much damage despite being very close to the main wall.
‘ginger lilies’ (hedychium)
‘ginger lilies’ (hedychium)
‘ginger lilies’ (hedychium)
‘ginger lilies’ (hedychium)
‘ginger lilies’ (hedychium)
‘ginger lilies’ (hedychium)
A nice new clearing at the end of Sinogrande Walk now that a few more of the dreaded leylandii have bitten the dust.
new clearing
new clearing
Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Toughie’ is full out at the top of Burns Bank. We have quite a collection of these but this is the first to show in this batch of eight different plants.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Toughie’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Toughie’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Toughie’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Toughie’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Toughie’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Toughie’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wisley Bonfire’ has changed colours in the four days. The red is going and more yellow now.
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wisley Bonfire’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wisley Bonfire’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Autumn Cascade’ has had its cascading bits chewed off by deer and has yet to change into its autumn colours. There is a third different nyssa beside these two even more deer chewed but no label. Wisely Bonfire has grown far better than the other two.
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Autumn Cascade’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Autumn Cascade’

2015 – CHW
We all forget how late into the year magnolias hold their leaves and, indeed, why they grow so quickly. Here Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ is still in full leaf while oak, ash, sycamore, chestnut and beech have long shed.

Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Over the course of the autumn Karol has assembled a collage of autumn colour pictures on sunny days (not today!). Here is a selection of what has now largely blown away for another year.Alan Clark delivers the following rhododendrons from his Vietnamese collection. I am tied up with a shoot but see him briefly at the front door.
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures
collage of autumn colour pictures

The Vietnamese Rhododendron collection. CWT – Alan Clark, Hannah Wilson and Jamie Taggart. All have been grown from seed collected from plants growing on the approach to the summit of Fan Si Pan, Lao Cai County, P R Vietnam.Rhododendron suoilenhense. Grandia subsection. Forms a spreading tree well clad in very large silvery leaves. Primrose yellow flowers with a pink blotch. April/May. CWT6410.

Rhododendron sp Maddenia subsection. Virtually prostrate, producing rosettes of dark green leaves. Deep yellow flowers resembling Rhododendon Valentiniodes. April/May. CWT6442.

Rhododendron sino-falconeri. Falconera subsection. Forms a large tree. Huge pale green leaves. Indumented below, yellow flowers. April/May. CWT6336.

Rhododendron excellens. Maddenia subsection. Forms a spreading shrub. Large, shiny bright green leaves. Long lily like, scented white flowers with a yellow blotch. June. CWT6486.

Rhododendron nuttalii. Maddenia subsection. Forms an upright shrub. Large dark green purple tinted leaves. Scented white tinged rose flowers. June. CWT6416.

Rhododendron sp Maddenia subsection. Small upright shrub. Foliage resembles Rhododendron cilliatum. Flower colour and flowering period not known. CWT6342.

Rhododendron sp subsection not determined. Completely prostrate. Small, round, hairy leaves resembling Rhododendron moupinense. Flower colour and flowering period not known. CWT6432.

Rhododendron sp Fortunea subsection. Forms a large upright tree. Dark green, wavy edged leaves. White scented flowers. August/September. CWT6282.

Rhododendron sp Maddenia subsection. Medium sized shrub. Dark green leaves. Flowers believed to be pale yellow. Flowering period not known. CWT6406.

Rhododendron fansipanense. Arborea subsection. Forms a large upright tree. Grey green, narrow leaves. Flowers believed to be red. May? CWT6390.

Rhododendron sp Parishia subsection. Forms a medium sized tree. Indumented foliage. Flowers believed to be red. August/September. CWT6348.

1924 – JCW
Much as in 1917 excepting P helodoxa which has been picked and the jonquil which has lacked sun. A good many rhodo’s show colour of which Haematodes is the best.

1917 – JCW
The first Erica darleyense, Camellia sasanqua is fair, a good few P helodoxa open. Some jonquil x up in the Tin Garden, say up to 6 inches.

1907 – JCW
Camellia sasanqua has lost nearly all its buds from drought. Solanum is good and some of the roses. No frost yet. Lapagerias fairly good.

1902 – JCW
Hidalagea[?] open yet. Camellia sasanqua well open on the wall.

1900 – JCW
Some swallows and martins here yet.