21st 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 few other oddments on Burns Bank which I had totally forgotten.

Pentapanax verticillatus was planted 10 years ago and may well have a new name now? It has grown very slowly but appears to be fine. These ‘something’ panax are going to take quite some sorting out or remembering: pseudopanax, tetrapanax, dendropanax, oreopanax etc.

Pentapanax verticillatus
Pentapanax verticillatus
Pentapanax verticillatus
Pentapanax verticillatus
Parrotia subaequalis has attractive blackish autumn colour but still also with bright green secondary new growth. This is the third time we have planted this relatively new introduction and the only success.
Parrotia subaequalis
Parrotia subaequalis
Parrotia subaequalis
Parrotia subaequalis
Camptotheca acuminata – the Chinese Happy Tree or Cancer Tree is doing well although it has clearly suffered and had a dieback in earlier winters. Tom Hudson says his plants ‘fizzled out’ before they developed a more mature trunk. This is a very new tree in New Trees which I had no idea we had obtained or been given. Attractive new growth and used in cancer treatment apparently. One to take to The Garden Society dinner next autumn. Quite a bit of reading up to do about this new genus. Rather an exciting find! Planted in 2007 and now 10-12ft tall.
Camptotheca acuminata
Camptotheca acuminata
Camptotheca acuminata
Camptotheca acuminata
Camptotheca acuminata
Camptotheca acuminata

2016 – CHW
The first rather pale single light pink Camellia sasanqua is now full out and rather fine in the sun.

Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
The single white sasanqua has its first three flowers.
single white sasanqua
single white sasanqua
The single darker pink is coming out more fully but the flowers are smaller than the light pink one.
single darker pink
single darker pink
single darker pink
single darker pink

2015 – CHW
Although the four new Liquidamber styraciflua varieties along Sinogrande Walk are not yet showing full colour I thought it interesting to look at them today in full sun. They are at different stages of their autumn show. All four were planted in 2008.

Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Oconee’ was bred in Oconee County, Georgia, USA. It has a dense shrubby habit and rounded ball like habit. Does best in full sun as here.

Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Oconee’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Oconee’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Oconee’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Oconee’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Oconee’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Oconee’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Gumball’ (‘Gum Ball’) has a similar habit to ‘Oconee’ but perhaps not such good autumn colour. We will see. This clone was found in Tennessee.
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Gumball’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Gumball’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Gumball’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Gumball’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Kia’ has a pronounced leader and, of the four, is the first to show good colour which is initially reddish. Today it is the best of the four which all came from Endsleigh nurseries after a good lunch although I doubt that they were grafted by them.
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Kia’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Kia’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Kia’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Kia’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Kia’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Kia’

Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Red Star’ has smaller leaves but an upright habit. Sadly the camera battery died before I could do this one justice but we will try again in a week or two.

Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Red Star’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Red Star’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Red Star’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Red Star’

1990 – FJW
George Henry Williams arrived into the world – heavy rain in evening.

1962 – FJW
Month of dry weather – poor year for Camellia seed.

1919 – JCW
It is very dry now and so deep in the ground. The hydrangeas are the best things. R decoum is good, some flower on many rhodo’s. A very fine autumn and summer, the old men say the finest in their lives.

1917 – JCW
All things are late this year, some corn out on the Barton now. Clematis panniculata is very good, and there is one lovely maple in the Drive.

1913 – JCW
Camellia sasanqua started a week ago, R lutescens is opening. Various R auriculatums, R primulinum, bits of R racemosum etc. Berberis bealei is dying. A daff or two moving in the pans.

1907 – JCW
Several two year old white Nar King Arthur blood are up. Belladonnas not properly open.

1901 – JCW
Two seedlings through pans 308 and one through 311. Some Sternbergias are out.

1897 – JCW
I see daffs Polyanthus and Maximus above ground. C europeum very good. An odd flower of Coum, the leaves of the Crocus imperati. Sternbergia lutea at its best.

(Handwritten note attached to page, dated 21st May 1932)
I put yellow Maddeni hybrid on the whole of hard and honey yellow Roylei.
Additional note: I picked the seed in October 1934.

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