12th September

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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

A good crop of Rehderodendron macrocarpum seedlings in the greenhouse this year.

Rehderodendron macrocarpum
Rehderodendron macrocarpum
A multitude of young rhododendron seedlings all now pricked out and ready to pot on next spring.
rhododendron seedlings
rhododendron seedlings
The puya are also showing well albeit slowly.
puya
puya
Metapanax davidii with its first seed head. Another obscure novelty to go out next spring.
Metapanax davidii
Metapanax davidii
Metapanax davidii
Metapanax davidii
Metapanax davidii
Metapanax davidii
Disanthus cercidifolius leaves showing their superb range of autumn colours. Why do we struggle to get this going in the garden?
Disanthus cercidifolius
Disanthus cercidifolius
Disanthus cercidifolius
Disanthus cercidifolius
Disanthus cercidifolius
Disanthus cercidifolius
Disanthus cercidifolius
Disanthus cercidifolius
Indigofera howellii and Fagus longipetiolata as gifts for the Belvoir Castle trip today.
Indigofera howellii and Fagus longipetiolata
Indigofera howellii and Fagus longipetiolata

2016 – CHW
Acer x conspicuum ‘Red Flamingo’ stands out proud at this time of the year with its superb mottled new growth. Better even than the Acer x conspicuum ‘Phoenix’ at Burncoose which I showed to The Garden Society a year or two ago. Much more red and pink in the autumn flush. ‘Red Flamingo’ was a new introduction to us in 2015 and is one of those ‘must have’ plants to brighten up a drab early autumn day. The best thing I saw today starting to plan the camellia cutting programme for the next week or two. Remembering where all the new ones we all liked in the spring are is far from easy even with the planting plans. One casualty or a later addition to a planting plan can swiftly make the whole thing nonsense.
Acer x conspicuum ‘Red Flamingo’
Acer x conspicuum ‘Red Flamingo’
Acer x conspicuum ‘Red Flamingo’
Acer x conspicuum ‘Red Flamingo’
Acer x conspicuum ‘Red Flamingo’
Acer x conspicuum ‘Red Flamingo’

2015 – CHW
Ilex perado ‘Perado’ from the Canary Isles has been spread around the garden by birds feeding on its berries. This rare and rather dull species has one peculiar attribute in that, in spring, it has berries and flowers at the same time. The berries are usually solitary. Here they are not and the leaf shape suggests that this seedling may well in fact be a hybrid between Ilex perado ‘Perado’ and Ilex platyphylla. This may explain the large quantity of emerging berries.The berries on the very rare Vaccinum urceolatum are also changing colour but are not yet properly ripe.

Ilex perado ‘Perado’
Ilex perado ‘Perado’
Vaccinum urceolatum
Vaccinum urceolatum

1992 – FJW
Harvest finished, dry until.

1985 – FJW
Bad harvest. Nearly all finished. Bad summer – hyb’s yellow. First good leaves on Sinogrande. Beech trees look dreadful.

1963 – FJW
Harvest all but finished – very difficult for hay and corn. Weather for hay and rain laid corn flat.

1915 – JCW
Roses in the three beds, the cyclamen, the cassia and the hydrangeas are all good, have been crossing R primuliscum with R trichocladum, very hot and dry.

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