3rd October

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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.

Lithocarpus cleistocarpa
Lithocarpus cleistocarpa
Lithocarpus cleistocarpa
Lithocarpus cleistocarpa
Then the first fully formed seed clusters on Lithocarpus variolosus (NH 79). Not huge and, again, only a few potentially viable acorns. We have seen flower stalks on this small tree in recent years but these are the first to have ever matured into proper seed clusters. Jaimie commented that he has known this smallish tree for nearly 20 years but never expected to have to climb it to collect seeds. It was from a wild collected batch of seed given to us late 1980s / early 1990s by Nigel Holman from Chyverton. It came here along with Nigel’s collection of Quercus oxyodon which is now of a similar size.
Lithocarpus variolosus (NH 79)
Lithocarpus variolosus (NH 79)
Lithocarpus variolosus (NH 79)
Lithocarpus variolosus (NH 79)
Ross has started a second fire below Higher Quarry Nursery and the path is nearly clear. The laurel hedge has taken a battering but will recover quickly with, now, more light.
second fire
second fire
The latest beech tree to come down (today) has a colony of wild black bees who are decidedly displeased at events. Ross will ring an apiarist tonight to see if he can box them up and then rehouse them early tomorrow. We sadly had no idea they were high up in the trunk.
wild black bees
wild black bees
This is going to be a really decent large area for replanting in February. Lots of thought and fun in the design as we have literally hundreds of plants to go out this time around.
area for replanting
area for replanting
area for replanting
area for replanting

2018 – CHW
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.

Phymosia umbellata
Phymosia umbellata
Phymosia umbellata
Phymosia umbellata
Neolitsea sericea flowering away in the autumn in the greenhouse as a young plant. This is an evergreen autumn flowering tree which I need to inspect here in maturity. I did not realise it was an October flowerer. No scent here today.
Neolitsea sericea
Neolitsea sericea
Neolitsea sericea
Neolitsea sericea
Lespedeza thunbergii flowering away just as the rather similar Indigofera species are finishing. Quite a show today as it would be in an outside border to finish the season off. A shrub worthy of greater recognition.
Lespedeza thunbergii
Lespedeza thunbergii
Lespedeza thunbergii
Lespedeza thunbergii

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.

Hoya carnosa
Hoya carnosa
Hoya carnosa
Hoya carnosa
A large cyclamen corm seems to have been rescued by Asia and potted up in the greenhouse. It is flowering away well and soon the seeds will emerge on contorted ‘springs’ which is the cyclamen way of spreading its offspring.
large cyclamen corm
large cyclamen corm
A new plant for us – Lardizabala biternata (Lardizabala funaria) in a nice batch in the greenhouse which Asia has propagated from cuttings. I have never seen it in flower but two or three are now planted out here on walls. This is a vigorous climbing plant with edible sausage shaped fruit. I cannot remember how we ‘got’ a stockplant but Asia will know! Looks a bit tender but that is not mentioned in Hillier’s. A flower next year we must hope and perhaps a new climber to offer on the Burncoose website. Rather serrated leaves!
Lardizabala biternata
Lardizabala biternata
Lardizabala biternata
Lardizabala biternata

2016 – CHW
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.
Camellia sinensis
Camellia sinensis
Camellia sinensis
Camellia sinensis
Camellia sasanqua ‘Variegata’ not only has gently variegated leaves but also flowers that are a contrasting white and pink. An attractive combination although the flowers last only a very few days in the greenhouse.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Variegata’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Variegata’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Variegata’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Variegata’
Four (of many) boxes of rhododendron seedlings grown the old fashioned way in soil with moss are looking good. Some seedlings have been pricked out already but plenty more for next year.
boxes of rhododendron seedlings
boxes of rhododendron seedlings
boxes of rhododendron seedlings
boxes of rhododendron seedlings
boxes of rhododendron seedlings
boxes of rhododendron seedlings
boxes of rhododendron seedlings
boxes of rhododendron seedlings

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?

Cladastris lutea (kentuckea)
Cladastris lutea (kentuckea)
Cladastris lutea (kentuckea)
Cladastris lutea (kentuckea)
Cladastris lutea (kentuckea)
Cladastris lutea (kentuckea)

2004 – FJW
First really wet day for a long time.

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