5th October

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2018 – CHW

On Monday a visit to Tregrehan to exchange Schima, Torreya and rhododendron cuttings for cuttings of 15 new camellia species for Caerhays. Most were either wild collected by Tom himself or by others also in the wild.

Here are the highlights and rest are detailed here if you are interested.

Lapageria rosea var. albiflora climbing through camellias and up a high wall. To die for! If only we could produce even 50 and sell them for shitloads. Sadly the cuttings and layers take two years and are impossible to bulk up. You can see one unripe seed pod has formed.

Lapageria rosea var. albiflora
Lapageria rosea var. albiflora
Look at the seed pod on Camellia tuberculosa. Extraordinary and aptly named.
Camellia tuberculosa
Camellia tuberculosa
This is Tom’s Schima argentea which is massively different to ours. Smallish flowers are yellowish not pure white. You could be forgiven for thinking that the leaves were those of a Lithocarpus. Ours is clearly wrongly named.
Schima argentea
Schima argentea
Schima argentea
Schima argentea
Schima argentea
Schima argentea
Schima argentea
Schima argentea
What extraordinary seeds Melliodendron xylocarpum has. Huge and not rounded as one might have expected from the Styracaceae family. Despite its size the one which we cut open contained no seed at all. Most were however still on the tree and might be fertile.
Melliodendron xylocarpum
Melliodendron xylocarpum
Melliodendron xylocarpum
Melliodendron xylocarpum

The 15 species of camellia cuttings collected today were:Camellia tuberculosaCamellia sinensis (the tea tree)

Camellia brevistyla

Camellia fluviolatus

Camellia brevistyla var. robida

Camellia lepidea

Camellia yunnanensis

Camellia kissii

Camellia trichocarpa

Camellia poliodonta

Camellia ushiensis

Camellia costeri

Camellia edithae

Camellia xylocarpa

Camellia handelii

There are a good 20 more species to collect cuttings from another year. We ignored the Vietnamese species which are struggling at Tregrehan after The Beast and even before. Nearly all the above are Chinese species.

2017 – CHW
Here is the elderly Camellia sasanqua in its full glory – four days after it first came out.
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’ has just opened a couple of flowers too in a pot beside the front door.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’

2016 – CHW
To Burncoose to photograph the gift wrapping of the five plants on special offer from our website for Christmas.

gift wrapping
gift wrapping
gift wrapping
gift wrapping
Mary Ashworth has sent photographs of ‘Cornish loderi’ at Werrington. There are no plants here but we took pictures of the Burncoose plant on the drive to compare trunk formation and leaf size etc.
Mary’s trunk photographs and ours are very different. Werrington has Rhododendron loderi ‘King George’ and Burncoose has Rhododendron ‘Cornish loderi’. The flowers prove it even more!

Mary Ashworth’s Rhododendron ‘Cornish loderi’
Mary Ashworth’s Rhododendron ‘Cornish loderi’
Mary Ashworth’s Rhododendron ‘Cornish loderi’
Mary Ashworth’s Rhododendron ‘Cornish loderi’
Mary Ashworth’s Rhododendron ‘Cornish loderi’
Mary Ashworth’s Rhododendron ‘Cornish loderi’

I mentioned how squirrels have recently killed a mature nothofagus and nearly also a mature aesculus. Here is the proof!The old monkey puzzle above the Tennis Court has been felled and cleared up. Very little damage to any nearby plants. If the trunk was worth anything it appears to have vanished!

The new multispan tunnel for growing on herbaceous plants is now built and potting is commencing. Cost £10k which is about double what I was originally told.

2015 – CHW
The newish bamboo plantings in Kennel Close have grown so well and look so superb I thought it might merit a whole day trip to record them properly. They all came from Stams Nursery in Ireland and were planted as groups of three or five in 2011. They were deliberately allowed room to spread and were intended to cut out underdraft and wind from the main garden. Although fully exposed to the westerly gales and some frequently nearly leafless after a ‘salty’ winter they are now firmly established, spreading out and doing their job. These were all species and varieties entirely new to Caerhays acquired as a result of a visit to Picton Castle (thankfully not National Trust) in Wales. There they have a series of ponds with well manicured clumps of bamboo reflecting in the water. The clumps are established and the culms (stems) trimmed up each year to show their colour, texture and nodes. Bamboo classification and (re) naming has been an even bigger and more moving and variable game for the ‘bottom spankers’ than the ‘tree creepers’ so do not worry too much if you are a ‘spanker’ and think these are wrongly named by the Irish. Just enjoy the differences and how well they look. Come to think of it few of the culms are big enough for any serious ‘spanking’ but when I come to see any being cut off and pinched I will naturally assume they are being used for growing runner beans and not by elderly Tory MPs in need of stimulation.

Fargesia robusta (good spanking name)
Fargesia robusta
Fargesia robusta
Fargesia robusta
Fargesia robusta
Fargesia robusta
Fargesia robusta
Chimonobambusa timidissinoda (poor spanking name)
Chimonobambusa timidissinoda
Chimonobambusa timidissinoda
Chimonobambusa timidissinoda
Chimonobambusa timidissinoda
Chimonobambusa timidissinoda
Chimonobambusa timidissinoda
Fargesia rufa (spankers’ delight)
Fargesia rufa
Fargesia rufa
Fargesia rufa
Fargesia rufa
Fargesia rufa
Fargesia rufa
Fargesia utilis (make your own mind up)
Fargesia utilis
Fargesia utilis
Fargesia utilis
Fargesia utilis
Fargesia utilis
Fargesia utilis
Fargesia utilis
Fargesia utilis
Himalaycalamus falconeri (useless even for a donkey)
Himalaycalamus falconeri
Himalaycalamus falconeri
Himalaycalamus falconeri
Himalaycalamus falconeri
Himalaycalamus falconeri
Himalaycalamus falconeri
I am assured that this blog will now attract bamboo admirers! Well done Google. Whoever thought plants were dull!

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