18th 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

Surprising to find another new illicium species flowering so late in the year. Illicium oligandrum is now available from Burncoose and this will be an addition to the new 2018 catalogue. This is, I think, the third new illicium species to have flowered here this year. There are a couple more still to perform. The hardiness of these beautiful new shrubs or small trees remains to be tested.

Illicium oligandrum
Illicium oligandrum
Illicium oligandrum
Illicium oligandrum

2016 – CHW

Camellia japonica 'Noblissima'
Camellia japonica ‘Noblissima’
Camellia japonica 'Noblissima'
Camellia japonica ‘Noblissima’
Camellia japonica ‘Noblissima’ has one flower out by the front door which I only just noticed. Is this a record for any early Camellia japonica? Full out by Christmas usually, but this is still mid October and the clocks have not changed yet!
The second ancient Camellia sasanqua is just out by the ladies loo. Here with a hungry bee grabbing the nectar. This plant is much darker in colour than the one which popped out 10 days ago and is now full out.
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua

2015 – CHW
Here are the core of the styrax collection all planted in 2008 above the Crinodendron Hedge. They have made outstanding growth into small trees in only eight years and all but one produced fruit this season. Interesting to compare leaf form, fruits and growth habit. All are in full sun with no shade at all.
Styrax wuyuanensis – fruit was there but has vanished in a week

Styrax wuyuanensis
Styrax wuyuanensis
Styrax wuyuanensis
Styrax wuyuanensis
Styrax wuyuanensis
Styrax wuyuanensis

Styrax faberi

Styrax faberi
Styrax faberi
Styrax faberi
Styrax faberi
Styrax faberi
Styrax faberi
Styrax formosanus ‘Hayatiana’
Styrax formosanus ‘Hayatiana’
Styrax formosanus ‘Hayatiana’
Styrax formosanus ‘Hayatiana’
Styrax formosanus ‘Hayatiana’
Styrax formosanus ‘Hayatiana’
Styrax formosanus ‘Hayatiana’
Styrax formosanus ‘Hayatiana’
Styrax formosanus ‘Hayatiana’
Styrax formosanus var formosanus
Styrax formosanus var formosanus
Styrax formosanus var formosanus
Styrax formosanus var formosanus
Styrax formosanus var formosanus
Styrax formosanus var formosanus
Styrax formosanus var formosanus
Styrax hemsleyanus – no fruit – leaves are nearly as big as those of Styrax odoratissimus but less heart shaped
Styrax hemsleyanus
Styrax hemsleyanus
Styrax hemsleyanus
Styrax hemsleyanus
Styrax hemsleyanus
Styrax hemsleyanus
Styrax japonicus ‘Fargesii’ – Tom Hudson thinks this is just a form of a variable species and not a distinct clone worthy of a name but the reference books say otherwise.
Styrax japonicus ‘Fargesii’
Styrax japonicus ‘Fargesii’
Styrax japonicus ‘Fargesii’
Styrax japonicus ‘Fargesii’
Styrax japonicus ‘Fargesii’
Styrax japonicus ‘Fargesii’

1959 – FJW
Bad gale last night. Branches down above Hovel on Williamsianum hybrids. Garden Form Reticulata knocked down below Diva. Chestnut branches very brittle and very heavy nut year. Dutch Barn at Corwenna moved 50ft and Kitchen Garden wall broken. A very dry year indeed – garden saved by 4 days rain in August.

1953 – CW
Only 1 Magnolia out – Grandiflora. A last flower of Delavayi crossed. Hardly any Auriculatum hybrids. Yellow Hammer good and one pink Maddeni. It has been dry some time and garden wants rain. Cyclamen good.

1947 – CW
Eat the last peaches. Still much too dry.

1941 – CW
Six Magnolias out. Both forms of Grandiflora, Nigra, Conspicua, Salicifolia and many Delavayi. Rho Yellow Hammer good also a few late Auriculatum hybrids. Cyclamen and fuchsias good. Wet summer and growth good. Stable Camellia (white) sasanqua in full bloom.

1940 – CW
Fifteen flowers fully open to be seen from lawn on big Magnolia and over a dozen close. Primulinum hybrid rhododendron in full flower. Fuchsias good and several nice bits of colour. A great year for nuts. Camellia sasanqua white and pink good.

1930 – JCW
The early forms of Lutescens are open.

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