31st 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

2020 – CHW

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’ with its autumn colours which are interesting but not that spectacular.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’
Pseudopanax laetus with its tiny white flowers not quite yet open. I watched a video today in John Marston’s garden near Barnstaple and this plant was out. Similar purple-black ivy-like seedpods replace the flowers. The flower heads look much like the seed heads in reality.
Pseudopanax laetus
Pseudopanax laetus
Pseudopanax laetus
Pseudopanax laetus
Also in John’s garden was Rostrincula dependens with mauve-bluish tinged pink flowers. This prompted me to have a look at ours which has a more reddish-pink hue but it was over with plenty of seeds forming along the flower spikes. Asia has grown these in the past. This is a buddleia like small woody shrub which is tender in colder areas but worth its position for its September to October show of flowers. It seems to be gaining in popularity judging by the sell-out of the Burncoose stock this year.
Rostrincula dependens
Rostrincula dependens
Caroline Bell thinks our Camellia sasanqua (No. 5 through the arch) may be the same as a C. sasanqua which won a first-class certificate at an RHS show on 13th December 1892 when exhibited by Messrs Veitch. A page from The Garden dated 7th October 1893 is attached. When the flowers are out more fully we will be able to try a proper comparison although exact colours will never probably match perfectly.
The Garden
The Garden

2019 – CHW
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.
‘Jebbe Talsma’
‘Jebbe Talsma’
‘Jebbe Talsma’
‘Jebbe Talsma’
‘Jebbe Talsma’
‘Jebbe Talsma’

2018 – CHW
Camellia oleifera is now out too. It was showing colour a week or two ago.
Camellia oleifera
Camellia oleifera
Camellia oleifera
Camellia oleifera
Quite an autumn show on Quercus palustris ‘Flaming Suzy’.
Quercus palustris ‘Flaming Suzy’
Quercus palustris ‘Flaming Suzy’
Quercus palustris ‘Flaming Suzy’
Quercus palustris ‘Flaming Suzy’
And on a young Stewartia monodelpha in the sun and east wind.
Stewartia monodelpha
Stewartia monodelpha
Stewartia monodelpha
Stewartia monodelpha
Camellia sasanqua ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ full out above the greenhouse. A remarkable show in the sun.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Sparkling Burgundy’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Sparkling Burgundy’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Sparkling Burgundy’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Sparkling Burgundy’

2017 – CHW
Lots of buds still coming out on Magnolia ‘Star Wars’. An amazingly prolific tree and a UK Record Tree too.
Magnolia ‘Star Wars’
Magnolia ‘Star Wars’
Magnolia ‘Star Wars’
Magnolia ‘Star Wars’
Magnolia ‘Star Wars’
Magnolia ‘Star Wars’
Nicely contrasting autumn colours on Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’.
Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’
Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’
Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’
Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’
Firmania simplex leaves badly eaten by slugs. I fear this plant is too tender for us.
Firmania simplex
Firmania simplex

2016 – CHW
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.
Kennel Close
Kennel Close
Kennel Close
Kennel Close
Kennel Close
Kennel Close
In the process they have found a Cornus kousa with huge fruits on just one limb and a Magnolia ‘March till Frost’ with plenty of secondary flowers.
Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa
Magnolia ‘March till Frost’
Magnolia ‘March till Frost’

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.

Halesia carolina (Snowdrop Tree)
Halesia carolina (Snowdrop Tree)
Halesia carolina (Snowdrop Tree)
Halesia carolina (Snowdrop 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.

Cornus nuttallii ‘Pink Blush’
Cornus nuttallii ‘Pink Blush’

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.

Rhododendron schlippenbachii
Rhododendron schlippenbachii
Rhododendron schlippenbachii
Rhododendron schlippenbachii

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.

Rhododendron mucronulatum
Rhododendron mucronulatum
Rhododendron mucronulatum
Rhododendron mucronulatum

1987 – FJW
October a miserable month – Iran, Stock Exchange, hurricane in south of England. Wakehurst, Exbury, Wisley, Kew very badly HIT.

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