2021 – CHW
The tail end of the flowers on Hydrangea sargentiana with massive slug and snail attacks on its skeleton leaves. Rather magnolia-like.
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’ with its autumn colours which are interesting but not that spectacular.
A gift of a new magnolia hybrid from Egbert Talsma in the Netherlands. I attach his letter to me and a couple of photographs of the plant which he has bred. It looks a very good colour and will find a very good place in the garden in the spring. ‘Jebbe Talsma’ will be a bit of a tongue twister of a name for us to remember.
Camellia oleifera is now out too. It was showing colour a week or two ago.
Lots of buds still coming out on Magnolia ‘Star Wars’. An amazingly prolific tree and a UK Record Tree too.
Jaimie’s team have cleared through Kennel Close, re-staking, removing wires and tidying up for the spring. It all looks good and the plants do too.
2015 – CHW
Americans shooting today with what looks like a couple of Russians on the list. Cannot wait!
Time is short so just a touch of autumn colour for you today:
Halesia carolina (Snowdrop Tree) is not billed as anything special as regards autumn colour but this plant does turn quickly yellow before the leaves go brown. In fact you can see all three phases of autumn on the same branch. No seed yet on this young tree.
Touching it is Cornus nuttallii ‘Pink Blush’ which I did not see in flower this year but which does indeed have rather splendid mixed autumn colour for a cornus. A very columnar growth habit which is just as well as the halesia is spreading fast.
The centurion clump of Rhododendron schlippenbachii has an unexpectedly splendid autumn colour which I have not noticed or appreciated before in younger plants. Across the path is the equally deciduous Rhododendron albrectii which offers nothing.
Hidden away behind these deciduous rhododendron species is another which I had forgotten. A large plant of Rhododendron mucronulatum which came as a bare root plant from Edward Needham at Tregye many years ago. An odd and irascible man who spent much time collecting in the Himalayas. There are two similar plants at Burncoose from the same era which have much lighter pink flowers than the Caerhays originals. Unlike the old plant featured last week this one has a full flush of dark flowers. You might argue that this is not a second flowering but actually an early flowering. However I would argue that the colour is not the same as it will be after Christmas so it must be a secondary flush of flower albeit of some size.