2019 – CHW
The first and only seeds ever found on Lithocarpus cleistocarpa. About six to eight acorns seem large enough to be viable. The seed clusters blew to the ground in the recent wind but appear viable. Half sent on to Tom Hudson.
A few new things and oddments in flower at Burncoose today:Phymosia umbellata is a new conservatory plant to us. An odd bud formation and quite an attractive autumn flower? I have never seen this before.
2017 – CHW A day making 30 short one to two minute video clips for the Burncoose website. Mainly for the topical tips section but also for individual ‘plant care’ articles. This week was the sixth and last day of filming at Caerhays and Burncoose over the course of the year. About 60 clips are now live on YouTube and also embedded in the website while 70 more still have to be edited before going live. Shayne House, the cameraman and editor of these films, thought we would only do six to eight per day. We have probably achieved four times that with lots of different people featuring in individual shoots. We have four categories or sections of topical tips on the site (amateur, woodland garden, herbaceous and greenhouse) for each month and four to eight tips in each section. Now we have short voice over films to accompany the tips and photographs which are already there. Progress we hope. It will be interesting to see the numbers who view the films and then buy something!
Along the way I find a lovely Hoya carnosa with its flowers dripping in nectar in the greenhouse. A good addition to the existing care article for hoyas as we stop to film it and its last year’s cuttings which are growing on well.
Camellia sinensis is out in the greenhouse as a small plant bought from France last year. Its flowers exactly match the old plant on Burns Bank which has reshot from the base and not flowered for a bit. This is however much earlier into flower than I remember.
2015 – CHW
We looked at Cladastris lutea (kentuckea) a week or two ago. Its leaves are dropping already but are a picture of pure yellow in the sun today. When will this USA tree be big enough to flower?