2023 – CHW
A day collecting some seeds from rarer new things, many of which are fruiting for the first time.
Sorbus aff. ligustrifolia.
Podocarpus nubigenus ‘Pendula’ was a gift from Wakehurst. Here one with the lower weeping branches removed and one still intact and drooping everywhere.
A look around to see if any Camellia sasanqua were out here. A week too early!A huge but still not quite ripe seedpod on Magnolia sargentiana robusta.
The investigation into malus continues and continues to reveal my ignorance of this genus.Malus yunnanensis var. veitchii has no crab apples this year but we have seen some fruit previously.Cotoneaster franchetii looks amazing already.
Hydrangea pariscoleta ‘Kyushu’ now a gentle pink as it fades.
A fungus special.The oldest Magnolia sieboldii did not die of drought as I had thought earlier. The honey fungus growths from its roots are now abundantly obvious.
2017 – CHW Our Dutch friends come to stay and bring a Medinella ‘J’adore’ from the Philippines. The flowers will last 12 to 18 weeks indoors with little light as we know from their last gift which was much admired by house visitors in the spring. This is a different form with longer flowers.
I am writing a website feature on ‘how to grow seeds’. This will need a lot of work from Karol and Asia to flesh it all out with photographs now and then in the spring. However I have made a start in the pictorial bit about when seeds are actually ripe and ready to collect. Magnolia grandiflora – an unripe pod which will never set seed in our climate.
Some new ‘oaks’ in the clearing are coming through after several years of struggling. Castanopsis chinensis looks like an oak and you can well see why Wilson and Forrest initially mistook them as oaks.
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus has new growth which is obviously lithocarpus but is perhaps in too exposed a position. Another new species for the collection which has grown in the last 10 years as fast as in the 1920s.
1997 – FJW
Jamie picked flower on the Camellia Jap Noblissima by Georges Hut – 3 Noblissima plants had flowers!
1993 – FJW
A wet September and a wet start to October. One nasty storm Sept 13.
1960 – FJW
We have had roughly 5 inches of rain in 10 days – Tree heather coming out as are the Sasanquas by Billiard Room. Royal Flush second flowering has been excellent. 5 sizeable seeds picked from Q cleistocarpa, 4 from Stellata, Alba superba and Liliiflora yet to be picked.
1923 – JCW
The wild clematis (Old Mans Beard) on the silver firs is our best thing now. It has been very very dry from May to August.
1909 – JCW
Just home, a very bad season for rhodo’s. R decorum in full flower and very beautiful. Cyclamen very nice. Clematis paniculata very good. Lapagerias moderate. Cassias good. Solanum fair. No sweet peas.
1905 – JCW
Came from Scotland. Clematis paniculata good and full of promise. Cyclamen, roses, sweet peas, woodwardias are all good. No sign of iris moving.
1903 – JCW
Not been to Scotland. The first Iris Stylosa open some days ago, first Camellia sasanqua today. Mikado, Ingoa, Cassia good and so cyclamen. Some Iris alata open.