9th October

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

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.

Medinella ‘J’adore’
Medinella ‘J’adore’
Medinella ‘J’adore’
Medinella ‘J’adore’
Medinella ‘J’adore’
Medinella ‘J’adore’

2016 – CHW
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.
Magnolia grandiflora
Magnolia grandiflora
Unripe seeds on Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’.
Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’
Styrax japonica ‘Pink Chimes’
A fairly nearly ripe Stewartia rostrata but still too soon to pick.
Stewartia rostrata
Stewartia rostrata
A very unripe Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’.
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Ripe and, as yet green and unripe, strawberry fruits on Cornus kousa.
Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa
Very ripe and pickable fruits on Crataegus x grignonensis with most of the leaves already fallen.
Crataegus x grignonensis
Crataegus x grignonensis
Crataegus x grignonensis
Crataegus x grignonensis
Crataegus x grignonensis
Crataegus x grignonensis
Pickably ripe Sorbus reducta fruits. Sadly the photographs I took were out of focus.
Unripe and green seed heads on Rhododendron crassum.
Rhododendron crassum
Rhododendron crassum
Unripe seed clusters on Enkianthus campanulatus.
Enkianthus campanulatus
Enkianthus campanulatus
Unripe seeds on Styrax formosanus. Sadly these photographs were out of focus too!
Very ripe and shedding seeds pods from Magnolia sargentiana robusta.
Magnolia sargentiana robusta
Magnolia sargentiana robusta
Magnolia sargentiana robusta
Magnolia sargentiana robusta
Still very unripe Magnolia (Michelia) doltsopa seeds.
Magnolia (Michelia) doltsopa
Magnolia (Michelia) doltsopa
Last year’s ripe and this year’s unripe seed heads on Rhododendron ‘Nancor’.
Rhododendron ‘Nancor’
Rhododendron ‘Nancor’
Rhododendron ‘Nancor’
Rhododendron ‘Nancor’
Still green and unripe Acer griseum seed.
Acer griseum
Acer griseum
Acer griseum
Acer griseum
Unripe Acer palmatum ‘Scolopendriifolium’ seed.
Acer palmatum ‘Scolopendriifolium’
Acer palmatum ‘Scolopendriifolium’
Acer palmatum ‘Scolopendriifolium’
Acer palmatum ‘Scolopendriifolium’
Rhododendron ‘Unique’ with long unripe seed heads
Rhododendron ‘Unique’
Rhododendron ‘Unique’
Rhododendron ‘Unique’
Rhododendron ‘Unique’
2015 – CHW
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.
Castanopsis chinensis
Castanopsis chinensis
Castanopsis chinensis
Castanopsis chinensis

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.

Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus

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.

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