6th October

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CW 1940-1955

2018 – CHW

Asia found seeds on one of our four young 10 year old Cephalotaxus fortunei. This proves that we have one female plant and probably three male ones. Certainly we noticed that the flowers were rather different on what we then thought were male as opposed to female plants. The seed capsules themselves do not look like the date plum, which is the common name for Cephalotaxus, but when you strip out the seed itself it certainly does look like a ‘date plum’.

Cephalotaxus fortunei
Cephalotaxus fortunei
Cephalotaxus fortunei
Cephalotaxus fortunei
As smallish slow worm found in the garden.
slow worm
slow worm
slow worm
slow worm

2017 – CHW
The new sales point and shop is rising up from the ground.
new sales point
new sales point
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus has huge seeds again this year.
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus

2016 – CHW
A few more new plants for the 2017 Burncoose catalogue.Fagus longipetiolata is as its name implies. Two incorrectly named plants in the garden here.
Fagus longipetiolata
Fagus longipetiolata
Fagus longipetiolata
Fagus longipetiolata
Ilex altaclarensis ‘Sunny Foster’ has an unusual appearance and is quite nice although who Foster was and why he felt ‘sunny’ I have no idea!
Ilex altaclarensis ‘Sunny Foster’
Ilex altaclarensis ‘Sunny Foster’
Ilex altaclarensis ‘Sunny Foster’
Ilex altaclarensis ‘Sunny Foster’
Hammamelis x intermedia ‘Rubin’ is a new (German) cultivar with red flowers. Although the leaves are full out there are a few tiny yellow flowers which I must assume are errant secondary ones. Somewhat dwarf habit so I must assume not wrongly named.
Hammamelis x intermedia ‘Rubin’
Hammamelis x intermedia ‘Rubin’

2015 – CHW
The Garden Society dinner at Brooks Club where I showed the members the three forms of Photinia villosa (see last week) all with berries and also Photinia macrophylla.

An excellent Photinia bretschneideri was also shown. A good display of varied autumn colour plants but very few seeds for the members to fight over afterwards. Ten years ago they had to wait while the Queen Mother filled her large handbag first. Also today a visit to the RHS to sort out plans for the Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group’s stand at Chelsea next year. Progress!

Photinia villosa var koreana
Photinia villosa var koreana
Photinia villosa var zolingeri
Photinia villosa var zolingeri
Photinia villosa var laevis
Photinia villosa var laevis

1943 – CW
Fuchsias and lapagerias good. Very few auriculatum hybrids left – Yellowhammer picked a bunch for Aunt Charlotte. Three vases of Royal Flush in hall. Many small bits of rhodo but little to pick. Both forms of Magnolia grandiflora have many flowers. Camellia sasanqua (white) by stables in full bloom. A very wet September and brambles bad.

1910 – JCW
Back from Scotland. Cyclamen, lapageria and roses are all nice also Romneya, but Clematis paniculata is the best thing. Solanums and cassia are also fairly good, also the hydrangeas.

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