The elderly Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ on the top wall is full of flower and doing rather better now that it has more light following the removal of the ilex oak branches from above. A good covering of petals on the ground and a pleasant scent. A bit different, as we saw last year, from the newer forms of ‘Narumigata’ which we saw two weeks ago.
Hedychium gardnerianum with masses of very ripe seeds for Asia to grab. This clump survived the deer attack which ruined other clumps in the garden.
Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’ is full out on time. An absolutely enormous plant which is looking a bit in need of a hard pruning to rejuvenate it. Dare we risk this?
Ripe seed pods on Rhododendron fargesii which also need collecting.
Next year’s flower buds already showing on Rhododendron sinonuttallii.
This stewartia has been wrongly named over the years as Stewartia sinensis and Stewartia pseudocamellia both by us and various visiting experts and tree measurers. I am convinced by the bark that it is Stewartia monodelpha which has flaking bark exactly like this in RHS/Belgian articles from 2007 and 2009 (S. sinensis has peeling bark and S. pseudocamellia has different coloured flaking bark). S. monodelpha has five petioles around the flower that are longer than the flower bud. You can see this even here on one unripe seed. Seed is plentiful this year but the large tree is in danger of falling over as you can see. Could we rope it back to a nearby oak?
Rhododendron davidsonianum has some pale secondary autumn flowers. I have not seen this before.
Whatever next! An elderly Forsythia (?) ‘Lynwood’ nearly full out in mid November. What does this tell us? Another absurdly mild winter? I think I planted this 45 years ago.
Stewartia rostrata has dropped most of its purplish black leaves and the autumn colour is gone leaving just the ripe seed heads on the drive ready for gathering.
2016 – CHW
The same large clump of Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ that flowered last autumn is out again. The flowers look a bit premature and are not quite fully formed.
A light blue hydrangea still full out by Four in Hand.
Enkianthus perulatus is a superb red in autumn here shining in the sun. Perhaps the best of all enkianthus for autumn colour. I was late getting to many of the others but not here. Note the seed pods which still look unripe and un-swollen. Not much here yet for Asia to collect.
An FJW Rhododendron decorum hybrid outside the front gate with the odd secondary pinkish flower. This is near pure decorum and not likely to be anything special or worth a name but, for a 2007 planting, quite a nice size and shape. The leaves are pure decorum in shape.
Syringa pinnata has a nasty huge sucker from the rootstock or roots well below the graft. Now that the leaf on the true plant has fallen the remaining leaf on the syringa rootstock shows up clearly. Needs to be sawn off below ground level soonish and any regrowth sprayed off before it takes all the energy from the grafted plant which is doing well.
The buds on Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ will be showing colour in a few more days of sunshine. I need to inspect ‘November Pink’ for a flower tomorrow.
Rhododendron weyrichii has a nice autumn display in the Rockery. Many of the deciduous rhododendron species have this additional feature as we have seen recently. They should be planted more widely for autumn colour. This is still a rather good autumn colour year with lots of new surprises to admire.
The Cordyline australis by the front door is now multi-stemmed and in rude health. Many of these specimen Cornish palms have died recently from some disease. Truro and Falmouth roads look denuded with the old dead stumps.
Rhododendron ‘Polyroy’ has three secondary but well-formed flowers out by George’s Hut on two separate plants of the five in the clump. It is an excellent Millais hybrid in both seasons (polyrandrum x royallii).
2015 – CHW
A big tidy up by Donkey Shoe by Jaimie and Michael. The Cornish Red has been trimmed back hard on the inside. A clump of camellias planted in the late 1970s have been cut back leaving only the reticulatas. Quercus hansei can now be seen properly.
Also a new clearing of a laurel clump on the edge of the Rookery has been completed. The stumps will be removed when dry in the spring ready for a large new planting of more choice plants. The laurel is no longer needed here as a shelter belt but it would seem that a spring may rise here. A large old Meliosma pungens had died here; probably from being waterlogged and this has been burnt up as well. Not a place for rhododendrons and certainly not Alan Clark’s Vietnamese introductions.
2000 – FJW
Corn being ploughed back in at Treluckey – large fields of maize uncut.
1990 – FJW
Picked first noblissima from outside front door – Sasanqua full out. A great deal of berry on the holly – rhodo’s have not enjoyed 1990.
Freddy swept into the world.
1965 – FJW
First flower seen on Nobleanum in drive – camellias very late. George B’s Sasanqua only just moving into flower.
1916 – JCW
C sasanqua fair. Lapagerias good. Two martins yet here, several red starts about. Saw a nice flower of R Thomsonii in the wood. E darleyense has begun and E Lodonodes.
1905 – JCW
C sasanqua good. Lapagerias fair, a very few daffs moving.
1901 – JCW
Just as the above with I alata even better that it was, some heather are in flower, and C sasanqua is well out.
1898 – JCW
A few more seedling daffs up, a Christmas rose in flower. Lapagerias very good indeed. Iris stylosa open.