3rd 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

The berries on this Cotoneaster frigidus ‘Inchmery’ really are now salmon-pink having started yellow.

Cotoneaster frigidus ‘Inchmery’
Cotoneaster frigidus ‘Inchmery’
Cotoneaster frigidus ‘Inchmery’
Cotoneaster frigidus ‘Inchmery’
Rhododendron ‘Polyroy’ has a set of tertiary flowers.
Rhododendron ‘Polyroy’
Rhododendron ‘Polyroy’
Rhododendron ‘Polyroy’
Rhododendron ‘Polyroy’

2016 – CHW
The seed heads on Pseudopanax laetus are well formed but far from ripe. I planted this here on the main ride to annoy dad 30 years ago and it does not look that out of place today. A New Zealander by an ancient white camellia and under a Chinese maple.
Pseudopanax laetus
Pseudopanax laetus
Pseudopanax laetus
Pseudopanax laetus

2015 – CHW

Schefflera taiwaniana has seed pods at about 10 feet although I sadly missed the flowers themselves which appear to have been long racemes. This plant is at the very top of the garden.

Schefflera taiwaniana
Schefflera taiwaniana
Schefflera taiwaniana
Schefflera taiwaniana
Schefflera taiwaniana
Schefflera taiwaniana

In the Auklandii Garden a similar sized Schefflera alpina (from Crug) has similar racemes of black seeds although the leaves are very different and much larger. Again I missed the flowers despite looking through the summer.

Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina

I suspect a cold winter will put paid to the current fad for these Taiwanese exotica which I enjoy disliking.

2000 – FJW
Another very wet month (October) major floods over the country.

1950 – CW
Camellia hybrid in Big Quarry out and some opened indoors a week ago. Taliensis beginning. Several odd bits of Rho and also Sasanqua good.

1946 – CW
Several Camellia sasanqua out. Stable one best and earliest. Still some Auriculatum hybrids and all lots of Rho Yellow Hammer out. Viburnum fragrans at its best. Several (2 day at least) Glorious in Kitchen Garden out. Boiled 1945. Quite a lot out in Tin Garden.

1932 – JCW
Some C sasanqua in flower on the wall. Clematis panniculata is over.

1930 – JCW
Constant rain and wind but no frost yet. Camellia sasanqua is opening. May and I picked some nice Neriiflorum flowers and some yellow flowers off the yellow hybrid. Planting is very slow.

1901 – JCW
Nar corbularia clusii one flower open in a pot, some of the two batches of Maximus x Cyclamineus are coming up in the Tin Garden. Iris alata remains most beautiful. A dry cool east wind keeps the roses fresh.