Jaimie has discovered a veritable sea of self-sown Amomyrtus luma (formerly Myrtus luma) seedlings above the Four in Hand.
The three large established plants of Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Venus’ above the Hovel Cart Road are producing a number of root suckers as shown here. These could readily be lifted and potted up by Asia. I have not seen this before in younger Enkianhus but the very old Enkianthus perulatus do do this above the Fernery and outside the Front Gate.
A youngish Lithocarpus cleistocarpa with the first ever gigantic (but still unripe) seed heads which we have never seen here. This is the third oak species fruiting for the first time that we have discovered this year after two dry summers. The old L. cleistocarpa flowers copiously but has never produced any seed clusters like this. Very similar in shape to those of Lithocarpus pachyphyllus. This L. cleistocarpa was grown as a cutting from the old record tree by Philip Tregunna circa 40 years ago.
Dendropanax japonicus with a seed head below Donkey Shoe. Still unripe and we missed the earlier flowers altogether sadly.
The peahen has now abandoned her nest and its eggs above Tin Garden as we expected.
One of our own grafted magnolia seedlings (FJW on sprengeri) has annoyingly produced three shoots from below the graft which have taken over without us noticing. We will have to cut them out but it may be too late to save the grafted plant.
2018 – CHW
A full day meeting on the website and a garden tour with Julie this Tuesday to try to get our brains back to normality.The quince fruits are just starting to turn from green to yellow.
Under Rosa roxburgii all the hips have suddenly shed from the shrubs onto the ground. They are still small and green and far from ripe. The plants have responded to the drought by shedding baggage.
Seed heads have formed sparsely on Platycarya strobilacea.
Plenty of good flowers still on Schima superba. Flowers on the other species are now virtually over.
2017 – CHW
The base and electric/water supply to the new cash point and shop is now well in hand. Fortunately the pull throughs in the alkathene pipe have worked to get the new cables to where we need them without digging a new trench.
2016 – CHW
A Burncoose management meeting to review the latest accounts to 31st August (all good) and the plans for next year. The front cover of the 2017 catalogue and the Chelsea pages are all sorted already and the first proof of the new website plant list is nearing completion so the catalogue designers can then get to work. A few more new plant entries for 2017: Agastache ‘Blackadder’ is an attractive late flowering dark blue purple. Quite a show in a herbaceous border for September and growing to about two feet.
Pennisetum ‘Sky Rocket’ has an attractive variegated mix of colours with late blackish flowers. Outside there is more yellow in the leaves and more white in the tunnels.
Calluna vulgaris ‘Silver Fox’ is one we have had once before but you can clearly see how it gets its name. Whitish in bud opening light mauve with not all the flowers coming out at once to give a foxtail appearance.
We have over 200 new catalogue entries already and plenty more I expect to go into proof number two but, this year, we are well ahead of ourselves with the photographs so not too many blanks on the website in January.
2015 – CHW
Seeds on both of the original Camellia saluenensis (light and darker pink) collected by George Forrest in 1917 near Tenguegh in Yunnan. The seeds are large enough to be viable but would probably turn out to be hybrids.
Camellia vernalis outside the nursery window has always had somewhat irregular or erratic variegation. It is not really a variegation; more a sign of chlorosis but the plant is equally healthy whatever the leaf form. Out before Christmas usually.
Cotoneaster microphyllus has some but not many berries. I suspect the chickens and pheasants have cleaned up.
1916 – JCW
German line on the Somme is now bending under heavy French and English attack.
1914 – JCW
The solanums on the big wall are very fine, cyclamen very good, cassia nice, hydrangeas and roses good, lapagerias fairly good. Germans are really retreating.