Finally a week’s rain and the ground is properly wet for the first time since June. Look at the puddles by the front door!
Cotoneaster franchetii absolutely laden with berries. Certainly many more than last year and still untroubled by the birds.
Rhododendron nobleanum has sprung into flower on the drive. I think the recent gales have blown the buds open as the timing is perhaps a little early this year. At Tregothnan they have a whole avenue of this species with a colour range from white to pink and red. Just a few more x williamsii camellias out and one could even hint that the ‘spring’ season had started.
A pale blue flowering form of Vinca minor ‘La Grave’ (‘Bowles Variety’) has colonised the hedgerow opposite Caerhays Barton Farm and is giving a great show today despite the wind and heavy showers filled with hail.
Cubby had to go to the vets to be put down today aged only nine. A bull of a dog but his hind legs went and last night was awful. He will be buried behind the summerhouse with the others tomorrow morning. The second death in our pack this year. The last one died aged only one in August but the two old dogs, Billy (spaniel) and Rio (Labrador), struggle on at 13 and 14 years old.
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.
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.
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.
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.