27th 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

The seed on Magnolia officinalis ‘Biloba’ is still not ripe and splitting.

Magnolia officinalis ‘Biloba’
Magnolia officinalis ‘Biloba’
Squirrels open up the seed clusters on Lithocarpus pachyphyllus and devour the biggest seeds. This cluster was carried 20 yards or so from the seeding tree.
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus

2016 – CHW
The Symplocos paniculata clump outside the front gates was photographed again today by Jaimie in the sun. A quite splendid show! Why do not more people grow this?
Symplocos paniculata
Symplocos paniculata

2015 – CHW
A quick trip up the drive late in the afternoon to see what a tractor is doing in the watermeadows (cutting rushes) brings me to the rather dull Cornus walteri and its trusses of black berries. The tree is still in full green leaf and there are not that many berries to be found except at the top of this Record Tree which we looked at earlier in the year in flower. You might expect good autumn colour soon but I do not recollect anything standing out on this cold, windy corner.

Cornus walteri
Cornus walteri
Cornus walteri
Cornus walteri
Buddleia lindleyana still has violet purple flowers out at the very end of the racemes although it is nearly November. No other buddleia could match that.
Buddleia lindleyana
Buddleia lindleyana
Buddleia lindleyana
Buddleia lindleyana
Buddleia lindleyana
Buddleia lindleyana

The two large clay pots beside the front door have plants of Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’ which are now well out and doing well. They must have both doubled in size in a year and the deep rose pink flowers are a good size for a sasanqua. Certainly much larger than the tiny old sasanquas nearby on the wall featured over recent weeks.T here may well be more sasanquas out in the garden now and that will be the next quest.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’

1999 – FJW
Flowers on Camellia noblissima by Georges Hut.

1974 – FJW
George Blandford died – he started work at Caerhays in 1900 and was in the garden feeding pheasants when he was taken ill.

1941 – CW
Camellia oleifera out also white and pink Sasanqua and one hybrid. Rho Yellow Hammer good and a few flowers on Auriculatum hybrid. Hardly any colours yet except Acer rubrum and some maples. Leaves seem late in coming off. Fuchsias at their best. Some flowers on 2 or 3 Maddeni hybrids. Counted over 20 flowers out on my old garden Magnolia.

1934 – JCW
I sowed about 24 seeds of Camellia near the door. They should do well if the sea sand does not touch them.

1917 – JCW
No C sasanqua yet. R neriiflorum has a good many flowers open.

1916 – JCW
Lapagerias good, cyclamen on the wane. Cassia good. Hydrangeas nice.

1901 – JCW
About 8 or 10 two year olds up and two 5 year olds. I picked the first Sasanqua. Some very good Papa Gontier about, I alata very fine.

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