20th November

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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

A visit to the nursery to have a good walk around and enjoy the autumn colours.

The young plants of Puya venusta have grown on extremely well in a year.

Puya venusta
Puya venusta
Puya venusta
Puya venusta
Autumn colour on Stachyurus praecox better than I have ever seen it.
Stachyurus praecox
Stachyurus praecox
Stachyurus praecox
Stachyurus praecox
Exceptional too on Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’.
Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’
Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’
Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’
Parrotia persica ‘Vanessa’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’ full out in the camellia tunnel but not yet showing outside here.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’
Camellia ‘Takanini’ was out at Caerhays well before Christmas last year. Seems to be a very early variety.
Camellia ‘Takanini’
Camellia ‘Takanini’
First flowers on Viola labradorica ‘Purpurea’.
Viola labradorica ‘Purpurea’
Viola labradorica ‘Purpurea’
Unusual to find a flower on Datura sanguinea in November!
Datura sanguinea
Datura sanguinea
Berries on a new species of lonicera to us – Lonicera crassifolia which is clearly evergreen.
Lonicera crassifolia
Lonicera crassifolia
Lonicera crassifolia
Lonicera crassifolia
Autumn tints on a young Meliosma veitchiorum in the garden. I had not picked up on this before.
Meliosma veitchiorum
Meliosma veitchiorum
Meliosma veitchiorum
Meliosma veitchiorum
Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’ full out by the mist houses.
Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’
Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’
Azalea ‘Kirin’ with a few unusually premature flowers.
Azalea ‘Kirin’
Azalea ‘Kirin’
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Rhapsody in Pink’ living up to its name.
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Rhapsody in Pink’
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Rhapsody in Pink’
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Rhapsody in Pink’
Lagerstroemia indica ‘Rhapsody in Pink’
Cornus florida ‘Daybreak’ with a wonderful mix of autumn colour.
Cornus florida ‘Daybreak’
Cornus florida ‘Daybreak’
Cornus florida ‘Daybreak’
Cornus florida ‘Daybreak’
Prunus nipponica ‘Brilliant’ and it is!
Prunus nipponica ‘Brilliant’
Prunus nipponica ‘Brilliant’
Another new plant to us for the new 2018 catalogue: Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’
Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’
Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’
Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’
Viburnum ‘Blue Muffin’
Pyrus colleryana ‘Chanticleer’ with splendid orange, red and yellow colour in the cash point today.
Pyrus colleryana ‘Chanticleer’
Pyrus colleryana ‘Chanticleer’
Pyrus colleryana ‘Chanticleer’
Pyrus colleryana ‘Chanticleer’
Cotinus ‘Grace’ is equally good alongside it.
Cotinus ‘Grace’
Cotinus ‘Grace’
Deutzia crenata ‘Nikko’ with a lovely reddish-purple hue as well. One does not normally think of deutzias as having autumn colour.
Deutzia crenata ‘Nikko’
Deutzia crenata ‘Nikko’
Trachelospermum jasminoides has leaves which are now entirely red with no green at all. What a specimen plant for the greenhouse in November!
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides

2016 – CHW
Horrendous storms last night which cut the phone lines when a tree fell on them at Battery Walk. The police arrived at midnight so the ‘Redcare’ phone disconnection system actually worked. They came in 45 minutes unlike the ambulance service on a call out for Dad recently who took two and a half hours while he lay incapacitated on the stairs half naked and complaining. Useless twats!

Storm damage at Battery Walk
Storm damage at Battery Walk
Tree damage in storm
Tree damage in storm
Tree damage in storm
Tree damage in storm
Tree damage in storm
Tree damage in storm
Tree damage in storm
Tree damage in storm
The Styrax japonicas ‘Emerald Pagoda’ which had such huge flowers in June is putting on a fine display of autumn colour below The Pound. I need to catch up on the rest of the styrax species before it is too late. Up to now they have all still been very green in leaf.
Styrax japonicas ‘Emerald Pagoda’
Styrax japonicas ‘Emerald Pagoda’
Styrax japonicas ‘Emerald Pagoda’
Styrax japonicas ‘Emerald Pagoda’

2015 – CHW

I had seen Rhododendron nobleanum out from the shooting trailer for a day or two but not had time to photograph it properly until today. It is not out properly or fully and a poor colour implying the buds have been blown open in recent gales. Part of this ancient clump has been smashed by a falling small dead oak so a bit of work to do here after the shooting season. Lots of ivy to deal with here too. Still it is open two months earlier than recorded in the Garden diary in the 1900 to 1930 period. Climate change or just a run of mild winters?

Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum

2002 – FJW
Flowers on Rho nobleanum – many still on wall Delavayi – still very wet.

1991 – FJW
First dry day of the month – only Sasanquaa and Yellow Hammer.

1987 – FJW
First flower seen on November Pink.

1960 – FJW
Saw flowers on Drive Nobleanum. Lapageria still hangs on. Hare active on lawn. White heaths on bank have been out for some time. No colour on Liquidambar.

1929 – JCW
Bits of the following rhodo show flowers – Decorum, Trichocladum, Radicans, Lutescens, Keysii, Intricatum, Burmanicum, Racemosum, Saluenensis, Parviflorum, Sanguineum. Lapagerias and Camellia sasanqua are nice.

1928 – JCW
Two good Magnolia delavayi blooms are open. Some white Maddeni by brown gate. Many lapagerias. Some C sasanqua. One Decorum. Several Neriiflorum. Bob’s heath.

1920 – JCW
A nice lot of lapageria, bits of many rhodo’s in flower say 30. Sasanqua fair. Erica darleyense begins to be good.

1915 – JCW
A very few Sasanqua buds this year. Lapagerias nice. We have bad frost but nothing to stop planting. The white camellia at the Engine House just open.

1905 – JCW
A very hard frost last night, a good bit of ice on pond. C sasanqua out, it has been very good. Several roses left now. Are digging 150 pits in the wood by electric light engine for the Arboreum x Fortunei.