4th 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

A few autumn colours to look for:

Fine autumn colour as usual on Euonymus elatus. I am a week too late for its best.

Euonymus elatus
Euonymus elatus
Euonymus elatus
Euonymus elatus
Rosa roxburghii has still to turn colour properly and may not have a show this year. Very few hips.
Rosa roxburghii
Rosa roxburghii
Kalopanax septemlobus has a yellow carpet on the ground but plenty of green leaves too. A generally poor year for autumn colour as no cold mornings or frost yet.
Kalopanax septemlobus
Kalopanax septemlobus
Kalopanax septemlobus
Kalopanax septemlobus
Berberis wilsoniae has no autumn leaf tints yet but the berries are turning red. Plenty of berries only where the plant has access to full sunlight.
Berberis wilsoniae
Berberis wilsoniae
Berberis wilsoniae
Berberis wilsoniae
Berberis wilsoniae
Berberis wilsoniae

2016 – CHW
Cercis siliquastrum can have wonderful yellow autumn colour but not here today. It catches the west wind too much by Tin Garden.
Cercis siliquastrum
Cercis siliquastrum
Cercis siliquastrum
Cercis siliquastrum
The Ghent azalea clumps in Kennel Close have had a tidy up and their rabbit wires removed. Slow growing indeed.
Ghent azalea
Ghent azalea
Tilia cordata ‘Winter Orange’ is now exhibiting its orange twigs even more clearly than a fortnight ago. A fine plant now.
Tilia cordata ‘Winter Orange’
Tilia cordata ‘Winter Orange’
Tilia cordata ‘Winter Orange’
Tilia cordata ‘Winter Orange’
Not sure what this multi-stemmed sorbus is either but there is a clump of four below Slip Rail. Another batch of Werrington seedlings I think and there may be another set of these below Magnolia JCW on the drive. Need to check.
multi-stemmed sorbus
multi-stemmed sorbus
multi-stemmed sorbus
multi-stemmed sorbus
multi-stemmed sorbus
multi-stemmed sorbus
multi-stemmed sorbus
multi-stemmed sorbus
Nearby Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ is turning purple at the top with odd yellow leaves at the bottom. The original plant here was stolen much to Lord Falmouth’s amusement when dad went to show it to him perhaps 30 to 35 years ago.
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’
Azalea ‘Greenway’ has three pink buds. Often an odd out of season flower on this variety.
Azalea ‘Greenway’
Azalea ‘Greenway’

2015 – CHW
I have just missed the very best of the Acer palmatum ‘Senkaki’ (now ‘Sango kaku’) clump planted in 1913 and now Record Trees. I cannot decide if the spring new growth is more beautiful than the autumn colour. Both are more than impressive but may well soon be blown away.

Acer palmatum ‘Senkaki’ (now ‘Sango kaku’)
Acer palmatum ‘Senkaki’ (now ‘Sango kaku’)
Acer palmatum ‘Senkaki’ (now ‘Sango kaku’)
Acer palmatum ‘Senkaki’ (now ‘Sango kaku’)
Acer palmatum ‘Senkaki’ (now ‘Sango kaku’)
Acer palmatum ‘Senkaki’ (now ‘Sango kaku’)
Rhododendron ‘Chink’ is having a go at an autumn second flowering but here only on one branch of this semi dwarf variety. Again the flowers, such as they are, seem darker than in the spring. This seems a common feature of second ‘comings’ and might make an interesting article one day for publication. Do rhodos second flower all over the country or just in milder climates? How many species exhibit this odd trait?
Rhododendron ‘Chink’
Rhododendron ‘Chink’
Rhododendron ‘Chink’
Rhododendron ‘Chink’
Rhododendron ‘Chink’
Rhododendron ‘Chink’

1950 – CW
Pink Saluenensis hybrid in Big Quarry out and also Cam taliensis above Orchid House.

1934 – JCW
A daff or two shows its nose, much as in 1912.

1929 – JCW
The best Acers in the Drive near the Cattleshed are very good. A few lapagerias, some Camellia sasanqua. On most of the plants, a fine autumn for colour.

1912 – JCW
Very few daffs moving. Primula malacoides is nice. Camellia sasanqua a few on the big plant. Cyclamen leaves good, very little flower. Cassia good, lapagerias fair, roses several.

1907 – JCW
One of the Jonquil King A crosses is up in the Tin Garden. Camellia sasanqua buds have damped off. Papa Gontier remains quite nice. Lapagerias and cyclamen are good.