15th October

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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

The Cornwall construction industry training awards dinner at St Mellion golf club – KPK are awarded ‘builder of the year’. The less said about the ‘dinner’ the better!

Cornwall construction industry training awards
Cornwall construction industry training awards
At the dinner I purchase a picture of Ian Botham smoking a cigar in the changing rooms. The great man is here shortly for our charity dinner so I thought we could auction the picture again! If it does not make its reserve we can hang it for posterity at The Vean hopefully with another shot of Sir Ian ‘in repose’!
picture of Ian Botham
picture of Ian Botham

2016 – CHW
Only one unripe seed pod on the young Magnolia globosa. Probably its first ever and well worth Asia collecting in a couple of weeks. This magnolia species flowers in May to June so you would expect the seed to mature a little later than other species which flower much earlier in the year.
one unripe seed pod on the young Magnolia globosa
one unripe seed pod on the young Magnolia globosa
The clump of Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’ is full out at the Hovel turning. A secondary flowering of course (which is normal on this Caerhays hybrid) but I doubt it would ever look better in the spring!
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Hammer’
A couple of seed pods from the magnolia seedling which the Queen Mother planted beside Georges Hut. Not good enough for a name but these very nearly ripe (and certainly gatherable) seed pods are much larger than any I collected last week. On reflection however they are still quite small and can be twice this length with far more seed in a good seeding year.
seed pods from the magnolia seedling which the Queen Mother planted
seed pods from the magnolia seedling which the Queen Mother planted
Despite all our other ongoing efforts I still managed to eliminate five squirrels today. Saw many more than this carrying off food (ie nuts, fruits and seeds – one with a whole Cornus kousa strawberry fruit in its mouth) in the afternoon sun. It is now a race against rodents rather than time to collect whatever seed is ripening.

2015 – CHW
A new Chinese species to Caerhays awaits planting next spring. Liquidamber acalycina only came to the UK in the early 1980s. It has easily recognisable large three lobed leaves but the autumn colour is still a bit hard to interpret. Said to be a very hardy and vigorous species which will need plenty of room in Kennel Close. Perhaps this liquidamber does not have exciting autumn colour? Time will tell.

Liquidamber acalycina
Liquidamber acalycina
Liquidamber acalycina
Liquidamber acalycina
Liquidamber acalycina
Liquidamber acalycina

1997 – FJW
Housemartins still here.

1959 – FJW
Flower full out on Camellia November Pink.

1950 – CW
Returned today from a very wet season at Glenquoich, same here and a bad harvest. Very good growing season. Yellow Hammer, Auriculatum and one Maddeni a lot of flowers, also Mag grandiflora. Camellia sasanqua outside stables past best. Others becoming nice. Cyclamen and fuchsias very good also lapagerias. Some daffodils up Sol d’Or on terrace 3 inches high.

1934 – JCW
Much as in 1933. Just as in 1933 and there is hardly a flower anywhere.

1933 – JCW
Hydrangea suffered from the lack of rain. Except on Mag delavayi and grandiflora. There are very few blooms. Cyclamen nice.

1931 – JCW
Back from Scotland, a very warm autumn, very little flower except fuchsias and lapagerias.

1919 – JCW
Good flowers on Mag delavayi and grandiflora very good. Hoheria is nice, very few rho’s open. Hydrangeas good, the cyclamen very good. Plants look fair in spite of no rain for August and September. No camellias show yet.

1928 – JCW
Magnolia delavayi has several nice flowers open. Clematis panniculata is good. Camellia sasanqua starts.

1923 – JCW
Very little flower bud on most rhodo’s. 3 big Argenteums dead. No camellias open. No Ericas but mauriana. A few lapagerias , one maddeni in flower a little.

1909 – JCW
No seedlings up in the pans. C panniculata and cyclamen very good. Solanum and lapagerias fair.

1905 – JCW
No seedling daffs up yet in pans or beds, excepting Polyanthus. No frost to cut things yet.

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