2019 – CHW
First and only flower ever on Sizygium smithii which was planted out today by Higher Quarry Nursery in the new clearing. I cannot find this in my reference books but it looks like a large myrtle flower for want of a better description.
More clearing up after the Friday/Saturday storm on the main ride. An Arbutus unedo had split out and I suspect that the stump needs digging out as this shrub is very prone to phytophthora ramorum on its new shoots and growth.
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.
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.
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.
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.