22nd 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 (photos to follow)

A day to enjoy some later autumn colour in the sun.

This Liquidamber styrachiflua has had its leader blown out (not unusual) but is looking very fine.

Cornus alternifolia has drooping yellow leaves within although the new growth is still green.

Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ on the drive is at its best. Acer palmatum ‘Ozakazuki’ nearby is already leafless.

Stachyurus praecox has a flower or two out although the leaf is still on the tree. A yellowish-white hue here outside and quite unlike the plant in the nursery photographed yesterday.

Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’ still has some fruits amid the last remnants of autumn colour.

Prunus ‘Shirotae’ is as good a mix of colours as ever.

Cotinus coccygra ‘Rubnifolia’ was cut back recently and is still in full new growth.

Enkianthus deflexus with nice autumn tints on this rare species.

2016 – CHW
The Ginkgo biloba is turning nicely in the sun outside the front gate.

Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba

An autumnal view from over the top of the main fernery towards the lake.

autumnal view
autumnal view

2015 – CHW

Quite a fine day but rain due overnight. The first frosty (or nearly so here) weekend of the autumn.Rhododendron moupinense has one hail battered flower on a 15 to 20 year old plant. Second flowering or a bud blown open? The other buds look ready to burst so I suspect the latter.

Rhododendron moupinense
Rhododendron moupinense
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’ has featured twice in this year’s diary for its flower and leaf form. Here is what is left of its orangeish berries. A sorbus of some note and well worth growing. Not a huge tree either with a slightly spreading habit.
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
To my amazement Stachyurus praecox is still in leaf but some of the racemes of flower are starting to open. Well only one or two actually but, nevertheless, they are. Six to eight weeks ago I photographed this plant and commented on how far forward next spring’s flowers were. I looked at young plants of S praecox at Burncoose in the nursery a day or two later and they are in full leaf still as well but no flower racemes. Stachyurus chinensis on the main ride here merits a look soon but I think the problem with stachyurus generally is that they grow too quickly, over flower and over seed leading to death in our climate in less than 30 years. Quite a good 30 years none the less!
Stachyurus praecox
Stachyurus praecox

1989 – FJW
Very cold start to the day.

1965 – FJW
First snow of winter.

1964 – FJW
Charles found Moupinense hyb near Niveum in flower. 1 flower on November Pink. Many flowers on R nobleanum and repens in Rockery.

1963 – FJW
President Kennedy assassinated. First flowers on Camellia by front gate. Very wet this month – the moors badly flooded.

1959 – FJW
Flower on Camellia George Blandford.

1942 – CW
Camellia sasanqua on wall very very good. Oleifera just beginning. 3 pods of Mag nitida. Put in a lot of Sargenteanum, Mollicomata, and Dawsonianum seed. Yellow Hammer (rho) good, also fuschias.

1924 – JCW
Several C sasanqua open in spite of the frost but hardly any other flower.

1921 – JCW
C sasanqua very good. Various bits of rhodo open. Acer nickoense and griseum are very good. Received seed of Quercus agrifolia and densiflora from California. Some to P.D of both agrifolia.

1918 – JCW
C sasanqua is very good indeed.

1897 – JCW
A Camellia has several flowers open, Romneya coulteri has flowers on it, another of Engelhart’s seedlings above ground.