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

2020 – CHW

A near perfect flower on Camellia ‘Noblissima’ by the front door.

Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Three of the five Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ have flower buds for next year but none on the one which flowered this year which probably overdid it.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Cow parsley in November!
Cow parsley
Cow parsley
Mespilus germanica ‘Westveldt’ now without leaves but with many ripe medlars hanging in there.
Mespilus germanica ‘Westveldt’
Mespilus germanica ‘Westveldt’
Garlic emerging already under a Magnolia x veitchii as it usually does, but unnoticed.
Garlic
Garlic
Sarcococca wallichii just out into flower. A tall growing and erect species now 5-6ft high.
Sarcococca wallichii
Sarcococca wallichii
Quercus dentata ‘Karl Ferris Miller’ clothed in leaf as usual. Some insect has laid its eggs on the underside of some leaves.
Quercus dentata ‘Karl Ferris Miller’
Quercus dentata ‘Karl Ferris Miller’
Quercus dentata ‘Karl Ferris Miller’
Quercus dentata ‘Karl Ferris Miller’
Quercus dentata ‘Karl Ferris Miller’
Quercus dentata ‘Karl Ferris Miller’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendulus’ is sadly not making much of a show this year. Compare to last year’s pictures.
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendulus’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendulus’
Aesculus wangii still in full leaf. The one in Kennel Close, which is more exposed, has dropped.
Aesculus wangii
Aesculus wangii
A fine show of Camellia x williamsii ‘JC Williams’ above a Symplocos.
Camellia x williamsii ‘JC Williams’
Camellia x williamsii ‘JC Williams’
Rhododendron keysii nicely out – flowers all year round as we often see.
Rhododendron keysii
Rhododendron keysii
Rhododendron keysii
Rhododendron keysii
Mahonia oiwakensis (BSW 371) full out. A very erect habit and now 10-12ft tall with three flowers. Planted in 2011.
Mahonia oiwakensis
Mahonia oiwakensis
Colour on Rhus chinensis – a delicate mix of colours.
Rhus chinensis
Rhus chinensis
Rhus chinensis
Rhus chinensis
The first ever flower clusters forming on Aralia vietnamensis at about 15ft on the ends of the tallest shoos. Planted in 2014 and cut to the ground in March 2018 by ‘The Beast’.
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Lindera obtusiloba with next year’s buds showing amid the yellow.
Lindera obtusiloba
Lindera obtusiloba
Lindera obtusiloba
Lindera obtusiloba
Alniphyllum aff. eberhartii still in full leaf – no flowers as yet although it is now 10-12ft tall.
Alniphyllum aff. eberhartii
Alniphyllum aff. eberhartii
A young Rhododendron bureavii in flower that was planted a couple of years ago. I am not sure if this is secondary flowering or not. Several flowers. A rather different form of this species to the older plants here and at Burncoose but a nicer flower I think. This is a sparse flowering species generally and the flowers are usually pink in bud then white when out.
Rhododendron bureavii
Rhododendron bureavii
Rhododendron bureavii
Rhododendron bureavii

2019 – CHW
The seed cones on Magnolia rostrata remain on the tree and may yet ripen with seed. Usually the cones drop off with nothing in them but this year looks more promising.
Magnolia rostrata
Magnolia rostrata
Magnolia rostrata
Magnolia rostrata
The wild black bees whose home got felled are still very much in evidence in the sun today in their fallen trunk.
wild black bees
wild black bees
I have missed most of the Nyssa colours this year. Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wisley Bonfire’ is leafless but this one still has some colour.
Nyssa with autumn colour
Nyssa with autumn colour
Nyssa aquatica has yet to turn colour and remains green.
Nyssa aquatica
Nyssa aquatica
Enkianthus cernuus rubens has wonderful red and yellow tints today in the Auklandii Garden and ripe seed pods.
Enkianthus cernuus rubens
Enkianthus cernuus rubens
Enkianthus cernuus rubens
Enkianthus cernuus rubens

2018 – CHW
A rather morbid day!The honey fungus Magnolia sieboldii casualty has been cut down ready for the mini digger.
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
An elderly rare oak has died completely over the last three years. It is the next for the chop together with a haircut for the Camellia reticulata seedling which it grows through.
elderly rare oak
elderly rare oak
Another large dead for removal – here Corylopsis spicata. Three branches died a year ago and the last one this year.
Corylopsis spicata
Corylopsis spicata
Yet another set of odd and unknown fungi in Kennel Close. Something to do with the old pheasant pens which were once here?
unknown fungi
unknown fungi

2017 – CHW
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.
Liquidamber styrachiflua
Liquidamber styrachiflua
Liquidamber styrachiflua
Liquidamber styrachiflua
Cornus alternifolia has drooping yellow leaves within although the new growth is still green.
Cornus alternifolia
Cornus alternifolia
Cornus alternifolia
Cornus alternifolia
Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ on the drive is at its best. Acer palmatum ‘Ozakazuki’ nearby is already leafless.
Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’
Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’
Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’
Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’
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.
Stachyurus praecox
Stachyurus praecox
Stachyurus praecox
Stachyurus praecox
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’ still has some fruits amid the last remnants of autumn colour.
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Prunus ‘Shirotae’ is as good a mix of colours as ever.
Prunus ‘Shirotae’
Prunus ‘Shirotae’
Prunus ‘Shirotae’
Prunus ‘Shirotae’
Cotinus coccygra ‘Rubnifolia’ was cut back recently and is still in full new growth.
Cotinus coccygra ‘Rubnifolia’
Cotinus coccygra ‘Rubnifolia’
Enkianthus deflexus with nice autumn tints on this rare species.
Enkianthus deflexus
Enkianthus deflexus

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.