7th October

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2021 – CHW

A huge seed head developing on Rhododendron suoilenhense which will not be ripe enough to pick for at least two months.

Rhododendron suoilenhense
Rhododendron suoilenhense
Yesterday at Tregrehan we were looking at Tom’s Gevuina avellana which was looking as bad as ours after summer droughts and spring east winds going back to the 2018 ‘Beast from the East’. Strangely Jaimie chose yesterday to prune out the debilitated and dying main stems of ours to encourage the basal suckers to regenerate as we hope they will. Tom needs to be as ruthless as this too but we have all been dithering and hoping (in vain) for a recovery. I suggested to Tom that he ‘bite the bullet’ but had (then) no idea that we already had.
Gevuina avellana
Gevuina avellana
A few small Gevuina avellana flowers.
Gevuina avellana flowers
Gevuina avellana flowers
Gevuina avellana flowers
Gevuina avellana flowers
Our mature Schefflera macrophylla (not nearly as good a form/specimen as the one which died here this year or Tom’s plant seen yesterday) covered in ripening seeds. They were black and ripe rather earlier last year.
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
A large dead sycamore felled which was threatening the two new barn conversions at what we now call White Stiles Cottages. A neat and tidy job by Treleaven tree services.
sycamore
sycamore
The berries are now ripe on Cotoneaster ‘Rothschildianus’. I am not at all sure Cotoneaster ‘Exburiensis’ is much different (photographed 10 days or so ago).
Cotoneaster ‘Rothschildianus’
Cotoneaster ‘Rothschildianus’
Cotoneaster ‘Rothschildianus’
Cotoneaster ‘Rothschildianus’
More fungi to try to identify but I now have experts to consult after the Cornwall Fungus Group visit here in the last few days.
fungi
fungi
fungi
fungi
fungi
fungi

2020 – CHW
The same bit of the huge Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ outside the front arch which always has secondary autumn flowers which are a bit out of shape is just showing colour.

Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’
Work at The Hovel is moving on apace. The new roof beams and hips are nearly complete and the foul drainage is going into the floors before the floor concrete is laid which looks to be imminent. We will have some problems on the drive with the three huge cement lorries which will pump this down the hill.
The Hovel
The Hovel
The Hovel
The Hovel
The Hovel
The Hovel
The Hovel
The Hovel
Now resuming the search for hollies.
I was given Ilex perado (pure) by Peter Cox having seen it growing well at Glendoick Gardens. I cannot find it or remember where I put it. This is Ilex perado subsp. perado (now called perado subsp. azorica) which remained unidentified as a huge clump before the visit of Philippe de Spoelberch in 2002. This was subsequently verified by Susyn Andrews. You can see berries forming but they will still be ripe and red in the spring as new flowers emerge. Widely distributed by birds in the periphery of the garden here. The leaves are largely spineless but with a point at the tip.
Ilex perado subsp. perado
Ilex perado subsp. perado
Ilex perado subsp. perado
Ilex perado subsp. perado
Berries on Photinia davidiana.
Photinia davidiana
Photinia davidiana
Photinia davidiana
Photinia davidiana

I fail to find Ilex saponaria supposedly planted in the Rookery.No sign of any berries on the windbreak grove of Ilex perado subsp. platyphylla.

A newly planted Ilex aff. gagnepainicina (FMWJ 13168) just below the main ride.
Ilex aff. gagnepainicina
Ilex aff. gagnepainicina
Ilex aff. gagnepainicina
Ilex aff. gagnepainicina

I fail to find our Ilex mutchagara above Crinodendron Hedge.Ilex aquifolium ‘Aurea Marginata’ has some berries but has a shoot or two with a reversion to green leaves that need to be removed.

Ilex aquifolium ‘Aurea Marginata’
Ilex aquifolium ‘Aurea Marginata’
Ilex aquifolium ‘Aurea Marginata’
Ilex aquifolium ‘Aurea Marginata’
Ilex x altaclarensis ‘Camelliifolia’ with berries turning colour. Attractive and mainly spineless leaves. Pyramidical habit.
Ilex x altaclarensis ‘Camelliifolia’
Ilex x altaclarensis ‘Camelliifolia’
Ilex x altaclarensis ‘Camelliifolia’
Ilex x altaclarensis ‘Camelliifolia’
Ilex x altaclarensis ‘Camelliifolia’
Ilex x altaclarensis ‘Camelliifolia’
The ancient clump of Cotoneaster conspicuus has more berries than usual above The Hovel.
Cotoneaster conspicuus
Cotoneaster conspicuus
Cotoneaster conspicuus
Cotoneaster conspicuus
Cotoneaster conspicuus
Cotoneaster conspicuus
I then hunt the American Ilex opaca between the ferneries. Despite its holly like trunk I suspect this is not the American species but an Osmanthus. More research needed.
Osmanthus?
Osmanthus?
Osmanthus?
Osmanthus?
Osmanthus?
Osmanthus?

2019 – CHW
A few berries and flowers on show in the nursery today.Ilex verticillata with as good a crop as I have ever seen. This is one of the few hollies which is deciduous.
Ilex verticillata
Ilex verticillata
Ilex verticillata
Ilex verticillata
Cotoneaster conspicuus looking good too.
Cotoneaster conspicuus
Cotoneaster conspicuus
Elsholtzia stauntonii making a fine October show. One of the best things for late flowering in the herbaceous border.
Elsholtzia stauntonii
Elsholtzia stauntonii
Elsholtzia stauntonii
Elsholtzia stauntonii
X Gordolina grandiflora now in flower with gorgeous reddish foliage around the white flowers.
X Gordolina grandiflora
X Gordolina grandiflora
X Gordolina grandiflora
X Gordolina grandiflora
Sycoparrotia semidecidua ‘Purple Haze’ has startling blackish-purple new growth and is a new plant for the website.
Sycoparrotia semidecidua
Sycoparrotia semidecidua
Sycoparrotia semidecidua
Sycoparrotia semidecidua
Telopea speciosissima with a flower just coming. These need moving from the tunnel into a glasshouse for the winter.
Telopea speciosissima
Telopea speciosissima
Camellia ‘Shinonome’ out early and impressive for this stage in the camellia season.
Camellia ‘Shinonome’
Camellia ‘Shinonome’
Camellia ‘Shinonome’
Camellia ‘Shinonome’
Euonymus grandiflorus ‘Ruby Wine’ with a multitude of seed pods which will colour up more. The undersides of the leaves are already a tremendous colour.
Euonymus grandiflorus ‘Ruby Wine’
Euonymus grandiflorus ‘Ruby Wine’
Euonymus grandiflorus ‘Ruby Wine’
Euonymus grandiflorus ‘Ruby Wine’

The main event at Burncoose today was to welcome Clive Selley, CEO of Openreach and various other Openreach officials and media. Openreach have made a film about the fast fibre connection to the businesses on Burncoose Estate and this was the follow up. You can read our press release or watch the film below.

This is a list of attendees.

list of attendees
list of attendees
Clive Selley on the lawn at Burncoose.
Clive Selley
Clive Selley
Clive Selley
Clive Selley
Then back to Caerhays for our second group of Americans this week for a house and garden tour. Quite a day!
2018 – CHW
Up in Northumberland, earlier in the week, I stopped to photograph Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus, the snowberry, growing in the village of Frosterley. The snowberries were very fine and just starting to drop off the trees in a wind.
Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus
Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus
Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus
Symphoricarpos albus var. laevigatus
A magnificent Sequoiadendron giganteum in the grounds of Allenheads House.
Sequoiadendron giganteum
Sequoiadendron giganteum
Sequoiadendron giganteum
Sequoiadendron giganteum
A huge Fagus sylvatica ‘Asplenifolia’ – a grafted plant but still quite magnificent.
Fagus sylvatica ‘Asplenifolia’
Fagus sylvatica ‘Asplenifolia’
The front wall had several plants of Cotoneaster simonsii with berries just starting to turn light orange. This upright growing semi evergreen shrub was making good progress as a freestanding wall shrub.
Cotoneaster simonsii
Cotoneaster simonsii
Cotoneaster simonsii
Cotoneaster simonsii

2017 – CHW
Jaimie found this banana flower in a cottage tenant’s garden near Portholland. No leaves seen by me but it must be Musa basjoo to be alive and flowering outside. The tiny bananas are forming and the flower is clearly a draw for insects. Ours at the nursery has yet to flower after 25 years but I have seen larger fruits on the clump at Lanarth. The flower is quite magnolia-like when you think about it.
banana flower
banana flower
banana flower
banana flower
banana flower
banana flower

2016 – CHW
Eleven different new named Matsumae cherries have arrived and I have today sorted with Michael where they are to go. These are almost brand new to the UK nursery trade and first seen by us properly until last spring at Windsor and Wisley. They come from northern Japan and have been bred by one family over two or three generations. They are hardier and less prone to cankers than our (relatively few) popular street grown flowering cherries. The University of Keele has a collection as does Chris Lane in Kent. These Matsumae are going to become enormously popular before long.  If you want to see just how floriferous and delicate they are have a look at these pictures taken on the rhododendron society tour.
Eleven varieties will be on sale from Burncoose from January after searching for many years.
Delivery of masumae cherries
Delivery of masumae cherries
Delivery of masumae cherries
Delivery of masumae cherries

2015 – CHWThe eucryphias are all very late this year and Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’ still looks good. A very upright and erect habit. The old plant of Eucryphia moorii is also full out like the small plant photographed last week.

Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’
Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’

The colour of Acer palmatum ‘Ozahazuki’ on the drive is approaching its best and Liquidamber styrachiflua by Georges Hut is beginning to turn nicely.

Acer palmatum ‘Ozahazuki’
Acer palmatum ‘Ozahazuki’
Acer palmatum ‘Ozahazuki’
Acer palmatum ‘Ozahazuki’
Liquidamber styrachiflua
Liquidamber styrachiflua
Liquidamber styrachiflua
Liquidamber styrachiflua
Liquidamber styrachiflua
Liquidamber styrachiflua
Liquidamber styrachiflua
Liquidamber styrachiflua
For the first time ever a secondary flowering on the young plant of Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ beside the ‘St Ewe’ hedge. Small flowers which will never open properly and are near white. Disgusting.
Magnolia Caerhays Belle
Magnolia Caerhays Belle
Magnolia Caerhays Belle
Magnolia Caerhays Belle
Magnolia Caerhays Belle
Magnolia Caerhays Belle

Nearby is Magnolia ‘Yakeo’ with a rather decent second flowering which is arguably better than the spring effort. Quite a surprise on such a small plant.

Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
The Rhododendron cinnarbarinum clump at Donkey Shoe is having a decent second flowering as is often the case and the unknown cotoneaster species above the Hovel is covered in berries. Surely someone can recognise this?
Rhododendron cinnarbarinum
Rhododendron cinnarbarinum
Rhododendron cinnarbarinum
Rhododendron cinnarbarinum
Rhododendron cinnarbarinum
Rhododendron cinnarbarinum
unknown cotoneaster species
unknown cotoneaster species
unknown cotoneaster species
unknown cotoneaster species

1995 – FJW
First Sasanqua in flower by Side door. Seed on Reticulata by Georges Hut.

1989 – FJW
First Sasanqua indoors. Could be an early season? White cyclamen splendid.

1934 – JCW
Just about as in 1913.

1918 – JCW
The cyclamen and hydrangeas are both good. The roses and lapageria are fair. R decorum is nice. There are several other rhodo’s showing bloom including Dahuricum and Micranthum.

1913 – JCW
Came back from Scotland. The cassia and Clematis paniculata perhaps the best things, though the fruit on R moyesii is very good indeed. Some roses. Flowers on the rhodo’s Nobleanum, Gallatium, Primulinum, Intricatum, and Cilliatum.

1908 – JCW
Returned from Scotland. Cassia nice, lapagerias fair, cyclamen good and have been fine. The three roses nice. Solanum very good. The big group of Hydrangeas are good. Panniculata very nice.

1906 – JCW
Returned from Scotland, all but the Iris as above, the best year for Bananas ever known. Loniceras have done well. Woodwardia badly. Clematis panniculata V.G. Ipomoea nice.

1901 – JCW
Returned from Scotland. Cassia, lapageria, cyclamen, roses G P M , P Gontier, General S all very good. A few Iris alata of the new batch in flower.

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