1st November

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Hoheria populnea ‘Alba Variegata’ in full flower but very late in the year. H. populnea was out ages ago. This is a borderline hardy plant with lots of green reversions but, when cut today in a vase, looks fine indoors. Here it is tucked away by Georges Hut. The best show I have ever seen from it as November begins.

Hoheria populnea ‘Alba Variegata’
Hoheria populnea ‘Alba Variegata’
Camellia oleifera is now full out. This original shrub is now around 25ft tall and seedlings occur naturally here and there in the garden. A much underrated species which is perfectly hardy with us.
Camellia oleifera
Camellia oleifera
Camellia oleifera
Camellia oleifera
Camellia oleifera
Camellia oleifera

2016 – CHW
Below the tower today with lots to see.Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’ has turned a brownish yellow in this autumn. An odd colour in marked contrast to its spring yellow but attractive all the same.
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’

A prunus is showing up nicely beside it.

prunus
prunus
The Podocarpus salignus which had blown over and were cut down in the spring are shooting vigorously from ground level.
Podocarpus salignus
Podocarpus salignus
Podocarpus salignus
Podocarpus salignus
What odd roots Araucaria araucaria has. Knobbly and grey.
odd roots Araucaria araucaria
odd roots Araucaria araucaria
odd roots Araucaria araucaria
odd roots Araucaria araucaria
The last large Cotoneaster franchettii has some berries but this old shrub is on the way out too. The birds spread the seed widely and there are seedlings here and there.
Cotoneaster franchettii
Cotoneaster franchettii

What a colour on this hydrangea! Unworldly.

What a colour on this hydrangea!
What a colour on this hydrangea!
This hypercium, a gift from Roy Lancaster, is not on the planting plan. It first flowered last year. The flowers are very late and slightly inverted. It may well be Hypercium lancasteri reintroduced in 1980 (after Forrest found it in 1906).
hypericum
hypericum
hypericum
hypericum

2015 – CHW
A further catch up on some autumn colour at the very top of the garden before I start on the worst job of the year – Christmas cards! (Hundreds.) Since we still have not had a major westerly gale there is more intact than usual.

Maakia hupehensis. Planted in 1991 this tree is now showing excellent bark and although the autumn colour is nearly over you can still get a flavour from the remnants. Maakias are awful plants in the nursery and always look manky in pots and are slow to get away when planted.

Maakia hupehensis
Maakia hupehensis
Maakia hupehensis
Maakia hupehensis

Kalopanax septemlobus is a superb yellow with just a few leaves on the ground. Perhaps the best autumn colour of anything in the garden today. Again a 1991 planting to replace a grafted M sargentiana robusta which grew and died here. The kalopanax must be nearly 30 feet tall in 24 years.

Kalopanax septemlobus
Kalopanax septemlobus
Kalopanax septemlobus
Kalopanax septemlobus
Euonymus alatus takes some beating too but on a much smaller and more compact scale. Strangely the three other plants in shade and wind by the Top Lodge are still green. This one is mollycoddled in a hot spot.
Euonymus alatus
Euonymus alatus
Euonymus alatus
Euonymus alatus
Euonymus alatus
Euonymus alatus

1994 – FJW
Flower out on November Pink.

1968 – FJW
Uncle George stated in the middle of the assizes that he would not be mocked.

1966 – FJW
4 flowers out on Nov Pink.

1934 – JCW
Just as in 1930. No real frost yet. Most of the fuchsias hold on.

1930 – JCW
Some good flowers on Magnolia grandiflora. I saw my first flowers of R momenthum yesterday. The fuchsias and the lapagerias remain good.

1926 – JCW
Very little water in the Tin Garden tanks even now. Hydrangeas have come on a little in the moisture. Sasanquas on the Billiard Room have been good but east wind smashed them. Perhaps the best thing in the place is the foliage of Magnolia delavayi.

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