13th October

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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)

Another clump of Rhododendron ‘Norfolk Candy’ full out by Georges Hut.

The Cladastris kentuckea has already shed almost all its leaves. We saw it starting to colour only three weeks ago but have missed it at its very best.

Another one for David West! What is this cotoneaster then? Berries just starting to turn yellow and plenty of them. A drooping habit from 20ft or so and very distinct bark. This, like the other cotoneaster, was a 1991 gift from Windsor.

Little seed on any of the Michelia doltsopas this year and far from ripe yet.

The huge seed pods on Magnolia sargentiana robusta in the ririei clearing are shedding to the ground from the open pods high up the tree. Time to start collecting them on the ground before the mice get them.

2016 – CHW
I thought we had a second, more mature, medlar and here it is, laden with large fruits, in Kennel Close. The tree needs re-staking but may already be too large to re-erect.

more mature, medlar
more mature, medlar
more mature, medlar
more mature, medlar
Sorbus japonica has its first ever ripe seeds. Only two clusters and I missed the flowers. Nice foliage with silvery undersides. It has made good growth since planting in 2009 although not in a very visible place.
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
The rare Carpinus tschonoskii has reddening autumn leaves on the ends of its new growth. Rather attractive and unexpected on a hornbeam. There are several new (to us) species in Kennel Close and this is the only one with decent autumn colour.
Carpinus tschonoskii
Carpinus tschonoskii
Carpinus tschonoskii
Carpinus tschonoskii
Styrax americanus is laden with seed and, although the leaf is dropping, they are still not ripe.
Styrax americanus
Styrax americanus
Styrax americanus
Styrax americanus

2015 – CHW

No hint of autumn yet on Quercus dentata ‘Carl Ferris Miller’ which has enormous and beautifully formed leaves. These fade late in the year and remain on the tree over winter. Signs here and there of major secondary new growth after the rain. What a tree!

Quercus dentata ‘Kal Ferris Miller’
Quercus dentata ‘Carl Ferris Miller’
Quercus dentata ‘Kal Ferris Miller’
Quercus dentata ‘Carl Ferris Miller’

1997 – FJW
November Pink had a flower – seen by John Morley.

1994 – FJW
After a wet September, we are now enjoying a fortnight of Indian summer.

1945 – CW
Very little out. Cyclamen, Rho Yellow Hammer and a few Decorums. Camellia sasanqua – many have flowers. Lapagerias and fuchsias still nice. No frost.

1933 – JCW
I came home from the north. There has been a lot of rain after a big shortage.

1932 – JCW
I came home from the north, a very favourable summer and it looks as if magnolias and rhododendrons have a fair lot of buds. Clematis panniculata is very good indeed. Hydrangeas are nice, are not very blue.
Fuchsias for the first time are most excellent, they give us more colour and variety of colour than any other shrub.

1912 – JCW
I came from Scotland. Hydrangeas good, and so Solanum.. The flower of Rho auriculatum open and some R decorum and keysii. C corymbosa good, a few roses about.

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