23rd 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

Rhododendron ‘Michaels Pride’ with a few secondary autumn flowers outside the front gate.

Rhododendron ‘Michaels Pride’
Rhododendron ‘Michaels Pride’
Rhododendron ‘Michaels Pride’
Rhododendron ‘Michaels Pride’
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ showing colour on an odd branch as it was last autumn.
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’

2016 – CHW
The new plaque is now in place and the medlar has several fruits.
Medlar tree and plaque
Medlar tree and plaque
Medlar tree and plaque
Medlar tree and plaque
Medlar tree and plaque
Medlar tree and plaque
A cold east wind and much leaf coming off.  A day to capture some autumn colour with a thick jumper on! Forsythia ‘Lynwood’ has surprising red/bronze turning leaves.
Forsythia ‘Lynwood’
Forsythia ‘Lynwood’
Rhododendron fragrantissimum is shedding its older leaves in an attractive way.
Rhododendron fragrantissimum
Rhododendron fragrantissimum
The second single white sasanqua camellia is just out. Larger and flatter opening flowers than the next door one last week.
white sasanqua camellia
white sasanqua camellia
white sasanqua camellia
white sasanqua camellia
Rhododendron quinquefolium ‘Fire Arrows’ is a very fine red. I have not seen this before.
Rhododendron quinquefolium ‘Fire Arrows’
Rhododendron quinquefolium ‘Fire Arrows’
A young clump of Rhododendron schlippenbachii is quite superb and almost glow in the watery sunshine.
Rhododendron schlippenbachii
Rhododendron schlippenbachii
Rhododendron schlippenbachii
Rhododendron schlippenbachii
Rhododendron schlippenbachii
Rhododendron schlippenbachii
An older clump opposite has totally different yellow autumn colouring. Strange. They are the same species!
older clump
older clump
Stewartia rostrata is starting to drop its spectacular leaves and the seed pods have turned brown and are splitting open.
Stewartia rostrata seed pods
Stewartia rostrata seed pods
Stewartia rostrata seed pods
Stewartia rostrata seed pods
Enkianthus are a similarly gorgeous colour with their unripe as yet green seeds showing out strongly.
Enkianthus
Enkianthus

2015 – CHW

I was attracted to excellent autumn colour on the deciduous Rhododendron mucronolatum. However, on closer inspection, I discover a few dark purple flowers hidden amid the colourful foliage. Since this species normally has light pinkish flowers on bare stems in December/January this must presumably be a second flowering. I have never seen this before. This plant is the only survivor of a once large clump. The rest have died of old age but there are several clumps of replacements with slightly different coloured flowers and flowering times. Mainly from Glendoick but some from Crug which have fared poorly in a coldish spot near Red Linney.

Rhododendron mucronolatum
Rhododendron mucronolatum
Rhododendron mucronolatum
Rhododendron mucronolatum

Next door Hydrangea aspera subsp. robusta is still in full but fading colour. Very late out and still attracting comment from shooting parties as they arrive. Quite a plant which I photographed earlier in the year as it came out pure white.

Hydrangea aspera subsp robusta
Hydrangea aspera subsp. robusta
Hydrangea aspera subsp robusta
Hydrangea aspera subsp. robusta

1978 – FJW
Very dry since August 15th.

1960 – FJW
Planted 7 bulbs of GHJ’s 4957 by Front Gate (8 bulbs and stock). The weather has been bad all the month. Little gale damage to date. Bad year for horse chestnuts but good for beech nuts and acorns.

1957 – FJW
Grandiflora by Play House has flowered almost non-stop for 12 months.

1932 – JCW
Much as in 1931, see above.

1931 – JCW
Mag delavayi and grandiflora a few nice blooms. PD’s vinca very good by the big wire fence. Some Camellia sasanqua and lapageria. PDW reports that 500 golden plovers have arrived there.

1926 – JCW
Lapageria nice and so fuchsia. Hydrangeas only fair. No Nobleanum. Some bits on the Maddeni hybrids. Camellia sasanqua fair.

1913 – JCW
Cassia and lapagerias are good – not a Polyanthus showing anywhere. Fuchsias good, the big lot of stuff from Coombe Wood came.C sasanqua coming on. Rho primulinum, solanum good. A lot of R nobleanum open.

1911 – JCW
A few daffs show in the beds, mostly jonquil crosses. The old Berberis in the Kitchen Garden is fruiting in a remarkable way. Acorns are nearly double the normal size. It has been an abnormal summer for sun and heat.

1904 – JCW
Polyanthus dyere several of them up. Polyanthus primus many in flower. No seedling daffs showing yet in pans or in beds.

(Hand written note attached to Garden Book page)
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