20th 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

A trip to check on the early autumn colours on the nyssas on Burns Bank. It turns out to be a bit too early.

Nyssa sylvatica ‘Autumn Cascades’ is growing into a nice cascading shape but in the wrong location. It may well be smashing in a fortnight but is just hinting at what it can do.

Nyssa sylvatica ‘Autumn Cascades’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Autumn Cascades’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Autumn Cascades’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Autumn Cascades’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘?’ also a drooping habit but the label is lost and this is not on the plan.
Nyssa sylvatica ‘?’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘?’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘?’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘?’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Miss Scarlet’ seems smaller and slower growing. Just a bit of scarlet for now.
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Miss Scarlet’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Miss Scarlet’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Miss Scarlet’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Miss Scarlet’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wisley Bonfire’ is romping away as a vigorous conical tree. Red with a bit of yellow lower down for now.
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wisley Bonfire’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wisley Bonfire’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wisley Bonfire’
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wisley Bonfire’
Nyssa aquatica is still green all over.

2016 – CHW
The seed heads on Viburnum betulifolium are ripe and some have dropped although this plant usually carries its berries well on into winter. The best plants I know are at Trewithen and trained onto a trellis structure.
Viburnum betulifolium
Viburnum betulifolium
Rhododendron ‘Norfolk Candy’ has one surprise secondary flower outside the front gate. Another plant in this group is currently dying of honey fungus associated with the decaying roots of a nearby Pinus insignis stump. I thought it would kill them eventually but the next door camellias will be fine as they do not get honey fungus. Well known tip when planting near dead tree stumps!
Rhododendron ‘Norfolk Candy’
Rhododendron ‘Norfolk Candy’
Wonderful autumn colours on a young Rehderodendron macrocarpum outside the front gates by the ancient ginko. You can see the Pinus insignis stump in the background. A rare plant which has tough pink seed pods in maturity but not here.
Rehderodendron macrocarpum
Rehderodendron macrocarpum
Rehderodendron macrocarpum
Rehderodendron macrocarpum
Rehderodendron macrocarpum
Rehderodendron macrocarpum
Huge flower buds already on Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’ on the lawn. Is this the foretaste of another record early January magnolia season? Certainly they are very well swollen and far more advanced than I would have expected in October
Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’
Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’
Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’
Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’

2015 – CHW
Back to duller stuff! Quercus stenophylloides was planted in 2003 and is now 12 to 15 feet in a fairly cold location. This is clearly a tender oak collected by Allan Coombes and one he regards highly according to Tom Hudson. Anyway it is thriving here. Collectors’ number CMBS645.

Quercus stenophylloides
Quercus stenophylloides
Quercus stenophylloides
Quercus stenophylloides
This odd climber growing up a dead yew tree is a bit of a puzzle. It had a Crug Farm label (now lost) saying it was a rhus but can a rhus really be a climber? Perhaps Sue or Bleddyn Wynn-Jones will know? Anyway it has excellent autumn colour and insignificant flowers (perhaps even a second flowering?) which I suppose just might be rhus-like even if the leaf is not. Some of the inflorescences also have small greenish fruits as you can see. I think the plant has merit whatever it is. Needless to say it is not on the planting plans.
rhus
Rhus?
rhus
Rhus?
rhus
Rhus?
rhus
Rhus?

The new liquidamber collection on Sinogrande Walk is still green in leaf with hardly a hint of colour yet. None of the other ancient sasanquas are yet showing colour which is odd for mid October. The newspapers are full of swans arriving early at Slimbridge heralding a hard winter to come. However I still saw several swallows on Friday 16th October. A sighting of the first woodcock would ne1989

On day PMW’s plaque blessed at Gwennap Church, heavens opened and drought really over.

1969 – FJW
Campbell Marshall died.

1932 – JCW
Lapagerias good, fuchsias very good down here and in Tin Garden. Nothing much else. Delavayi’s decorum has been nice.

1912 – JCW
Much as in 1911 excepting the Camellias which are unlikely to flower much. A few daffs moving. Berberis bealei very nice.

1911 – JCW
Roses remain good. Solanum, cassias and lapagerias very good. Top part of Camellia sasanqua is opening.

1899 – JCW
A few seed pans cracking, nothing up in the pans. A few full grown daffs show a bit. I moved in my pollen parents. There has been a great drought.

1898 – JCW
Firebrand and one other of E’s above ground, daff seeds all starting. I parascis above ground.

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