17th September

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2017 – CHW

At last some time off to look around the garden properly without anyone hassling me!

We are starting to build a new shop and sales point at the entrance to the garden using the slab base from the old plant sales point.

new shop and sales point
new shop and sales point
new shop and sales point
new shop and sales point
Cornus kousa var chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’ has very fine rounded red fruits. No sign of a squirrel attack which shows that the trapping is working.
Cornus kousa var chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’
Cornus kousa var chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’
Cornus kousa var chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’
Cornus kousa var chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’
Secondary flowers on young Rhododendron ‘Bow Bells’ are a pleasant surprise in the sunlight.
Rhododendron ‘Bow Bells’
Rhododendron ‘Bow Bells’
Rhododendron ‘Bow Bells’
Rhododendron ‘Bow Bells’
Ternstroemia gymnanthera has attractive red secondary new growth and is now well away 18 months after planting. Our first Ternstroemia so I must look up what to expect.
Ternstroemia gymnanthera
Ternstroemia gymnanthera
Ternstroemia gymnanthera
Ternstroemia gymnanthera
Could we really dig up this Schefflera macrophylla and take it to Chelsea next year? It is about 10ft tall and the leaves are 6-8ft across.
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
The Schefflera myriocarpa flowers are still emerging. Schefflera taiwaniana has buds at the top which are only just starting to develop.
Schefflera myriocarpa
Schefflera myriocarpa
Schefflera myriocarpa
Schefflera myriocarpa

2016 – CHW
A trip in the new four seater mule. Luxury which I fear will make me idle! Styrax serrulatus is producing a good crop of seeds but they are far from ripe yet. 1991 planting but very rare in cultivation. Asia needs to grab these in three to four weeks.
Styrax serrulatus
Styrax serrulatus
Styrax serrulatus
Styrax serrulatus
Cladastris kentukea is starting to turn yellow very early as it often does.
Cladastris kentukea
Cladastris kentukea

Compare and contrast the seed pods on two ‘Chinese lantern trees’ as we used to call them as children when collecting seeds with Dad. Properly ‘bladder nuts’ of course!Staphylea colchica

Staphylea colchica
Staphylea colchica
Staphylea colchica
Staphylea colchica
Staphylea pinnata
Staphylea pinnata
Staphylea pinnata
Staphylea pinnata
Staphylea pinnata

Clearly the name is in the leaf not the seeds! Pinnata has trilobed seeds pods even if also pinnate leaves! Asia need to get picking them now.The Michelia doltsopas have virtually no seeds this year unlike last when they were plastered. Plenty of seedlings growing on but this is all I could find low down on the old plant by Georges Hut. Strange as we had no frost to damage the pollen. Perhaps they just flowered too early in the year for pollination? The few seeds there are are far from ripe.

Michelia doltsopas
Michelia doltsopas

Must remind Asia or Jaimie to collect the huge seed pod on Magnolia officinalis var biloba in Penvergate in 10 days or so.

We all agree it is a bad magnolia seedling year but in the rireii opening the Magnolia sargentiana var robusta is laden with seed pods which are nearly ripe.

Magnolia sargentiana var robusta
Magnolia sargentiana var robusta
Next door to it Magnolia mollicomata has a few smallish pods high up but not many. Same reasoning for the michelias?
Magnolia mollicomata
Magnolia mollicomata
This is the first plant which has grown on well from the multitude of fertile seed from Lindera aggregata which we propagated 10 years or so ago. Slow growing and shrub-like with tiny flowers this is never going to be anything but a collector’s item. We must have a dozen or fifteen different lindera species in the garden now. Anyway it is Chinese and bloody rare but in the Burncoose catalogue!
Lindera aggregata
Lindera aggregata
Lindera aggregata
Lindera aggregata
Lindera aggregata
Lindera aggregata
Meliosma dilleniifolia var cuneifolia has huge pendulous seed clusters to match its flowering habit above the two M x veitchii specimens. The seed is not ripe yet but will soon be ready for Asia to collect. I have not seen seed form on this plant before but probably have not thought to look.
Meliosma dilleniifolia var cuneifolia
Meliosma dilleniifolia var cuneifolia
Meliosma dilleniifolia var cuneifolia
Meliosma dilleniifolia var cuneifolia

High time Asia collected the Magnolia sieboldii sinensis seed too from the original surviving wild collected plant. Magnolia sieboldii is ready now too in its various named forms. Big wedding today below the castle. Marquee from London which they started to put up on Tuesday. £25k cost we reckon as it was huge and upraised – not that the area is really that uneven. Sadly they are not staying in any of our accommodation and we have ‘bridge players’ at The Vean instead. Mary described the marquee decoration as ‘Chelsea chique by the sea’. She was on security/bouncer duty for two and a half days. They did not trust us last night not to pinch the silver! I sneaked one picture of the bride and snuck into the yard after the guests were all in the tent at 5pm.

picture of the bride
picture of the bride

2015 – CHW
A last clethra in full flower. It is labelled Clethra tomentosa which is a new species to me. A suckering plant of about six to eight feet with no great scent today in the rain. The other clethras nearby are long over as is Clethra delavayi which we normally think of as being late or even the last to flower. Hillier’s says Clethra tomentosa is a late flowering US species.

Clethra tomentosa
Clethra tomentosa
Clethra tomentosa
Clethra tomentosa

1918 – JCW
The hydrangeas are good. The terrace roses nice. The two big R decorum near the Tin Garden good, the R primulinums very pretty, ten or twelve other species show flowers in varying degrees of value. Haematodes and hippophaeoides being the best.

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