21st September

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2020 – CHW

The rare plant fair went ahead at Tregrehan yesterday with distancing, masks, contact tracing and no catering. The attendance was about a third of what we have come to expect from the late May fair and takings were similarly reduced. Nevertheless a good turnout in the circumstances and a most excellent array of rare plants from all the usual nurseries. We all enjoyed meeting each other again after so long without shows or events!

Nick Lock with his stand of rarities from which I made 10 early purchases.

Nick Lock
Nick Lock
The Burncoose stand with Justin preparing to get into full flow with the customers.
Burncoose stand
Burncoose stand
Burncoose stand
Burncoose stand
What I think was a hummingbird moth feeding on Clerodendron bungei on our stand. It hovered and lowered its tongue/proboscis into the flower.
Clerodendron bungei
Clerodendron bungei
Clerodendron bungei
Clerodendron bungei
On the Crûg Farm stand:
Roscoea purpurea f. rubra ‘Gurkha Red’
Roscoea purpurea f. rubra ‘Gurkha Red’
Roscoea purpurea f. rubra ‘Gurkha Red’
Cardiandra alternifolia amamiohshimensis – hydrangea relative
Cardiandra alternifolia amamiohshimensis
Cardiandra alternifolia amamiohshimensis
Cardiandra alternifolia amamiohshimensis
Cardiandra alternifolia amamiohshimensis
Cardiandra formosa ‘Xitou Survivor’ – hydrangea relative
Cardiandra formosa ‘Xitou Survivor’
Cardiandra formosa ‘Xitou Survivor’
Cardiandra formosa ‘Xitou Survivor’
Cardiandra formosa ‘Xitou Survivor’
The peculiar herbaceous Sambucus ebulus
Sambucus ebulus
Sambucus ebulus
Sambucus ebulus
Sambucus ebulus

On the Tregrehan stand:Brassaiopsis hispida (£50 each!)

Brassaiopsis hispida
Brassaiopsis hispida
Brassaiopsis hispida
Brassaiopsis hispida

On Nick Lock’s stand:Euonymus bungeanus with pink seed pods

Euonymus bungeanus
Euonymus bungeanus
Buddleia heliophylla
Buddleia heliophylla
Buddleia heliophylla

Paul Bonavia:A huge stock plant of Tibouchina urvilleana (we were selling Tibouchina orangensis)

Tibouchina urvilleana
Tibouchina urvilleana

Treseders Nursery:Cuphea ignea

Cuphea ignea
Cuphea ignea
Cuphea ignea
Cuphea ignea

Other spectacular plants of interest at the fair:Erica cerinthoides

Erica cerinthoides
Erica cerinthoides
Erica cerinthoides
Erica cerinthoides
A very fine Brugmansia suaveolens
Brugmansia suaveolens
Brugmansia suaveolens
Nerine masoniorum
Nerine masoniorum
Nerine masoniorum
Nerine masoniorum
Nerine masoniorum
Pseudopanax ‘Chainsaw’
Pseudopanax ‘Chainsaw’
Pseudopanax ‘Chainsaw’
This was labelled Rostrincula decipiens. I think it is Rostrincula dependens?
Rostrincula dependens
Rostrincula dependens
Rostrincula dependens
Rostrincula dependens
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Capri’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Capri’
Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Capri’
Persicaria ‘Purple Fantasy’
Persicaria ‘Purple Fantasy’
Persicaria ‘Purple Fantasy’
Persicaria ‘Purple Fantasy’
Persicaria ‘Purple Fantasy’
Hedychium coccineum – probably a named form
Hedychium coccineum
Hedychium coccineum
Westringia fruiticosa ‘Variegata’
Westringia fruiticosa ‘Variegata’
Westringia fruiticosa ‘Variegata’

2019 – CHW
Glyptostrobus pensilis ‘Wooly Mammoth’ was only planted this year and lost its leading shoot in transit. It has however grown another. This is a very slow growing small tree which we saw in maturity last May in Nymans garden at about 20-25ft after 80 or so years.

Glyptostrobus pensilis 'Wooly Mammoth'
Glyptostrobus pensilis ‘Wooly Mammoth’
Glyptostrobus pensilis 'Wooly Mammoth'
Glyptostrobus pensilis ‘Wooly Mammoth’
Odd secondary flowers on Berberis wilsonae which is deciduous. I have not seen these before in autumn as the leaves are about to go yellow.
Berberis wilsonae
Berberis wilsonae
Berberis wilsonae
Berberis wilsonae
The evening sunlight catches the tops of the three 1913 planted Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku’ (‘Senkaki’) which are already a beautiful autumnal yellow.
Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku’
Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku’
Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku’
Acer palmatum ‘Sango kaku’
Cornus kousa var. chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’ already plastered with ripe ‘strawberry’ fruits. We must have got on top of the squirrels as they delight in these and I once saw a dozen stripping one large Cornus capitata tree.
Cornus kousa var. chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’
Cornus kousa var. chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’
Cornus kousa var. chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’
Cornus kousa var. chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’

2018 – CHW
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’ displaying its superb autumn colour on a drab day. The best of the foliage effect is probably now rather than in the spring.
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’

2017 – CHW
Tom Hudson gave us this pink lapageria two or three years ago. To my surprise it has suddenly produced four pink flowers; most at the very tips of the new growth. What a lovely pink it is too!
pink lapageria
pink lapageria
pink lapageria
pink lapageria

2016 – CHW
Schefflera pauciflora has been nibbled by deer and was a very leggy plant to start with. Reshooting a little. Is this our fifth schefflera species? I still do not like them but they are a must for the catalogue. Clare is on the case.
Schefflera pauciflora
Schefflera pauciflora
Schefflera pauciflora
Schefflera pauciflora
Rhodelia aff parvipetala appears to be well away. This is a whole new genus to Caerhays but one which Tom is very keen on at Tregrehan. The judges are still ‘out’ here!
Rhodelia aff parvipetala
Rhodelia aff parvipetala
Rhodelia aff parvipetala
Rhodelia aff parvipetala
Xanthocyparis vietnamensis (the very odd new conifer many talk about) has not enjoyed its two year liberation in the garden after Tom gave it to us to show at Chelsea. It is said to be tender although it is well sheltered here. Perhaps and accidental splash of weed killer in April? Anyway we have some nice young plants grown by Asia coming on in the greenhouse so all is not lost.
Xanthocyparis vietnamensis
Xanthocyparis vietnamensis
Mahonia fortunei ‘Winter Prince’ was a gift. It has ‘sat’ for a year with little, if any, new growth but now its first (autumn!) flower buds. A pale yellow it seems.
Rhodelia aff parvipetala
Rhodelia aff parvipetala
Mahonia fortunei ‘Winter Prince’
Mahonia fortunei ‘Winter Prince’
Mahonia fortunei ‘Winter Prince’
Mahonia fortunei ‘Winter Prince’
2015 – CHW
A second flowering on Magnolia ‘Iolanthe’ and on Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’. As with previous offerings nothing to get too excited about but certainly something to stop and look at even if ‘admire’ would not be the right word. The more one looks the more one sees magnolias that do actually have a second flowering. We used to think it was just Magnolia soulangeana and Magnolia ‘Star Wars’ that did this regularly.

Magnolia ‘Iolanthe’
Magnolia ‘Iolanthe’
Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’
Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’

1918 – JCW
Hydrangeas, lapagerias, cyclamen, roses on the terrace are all good, there is very little else.

1917 – JCW
Much as in 1915 except that the solanums have most of them been killed in the last winter.

1915 – JCW
Charles came home from the Dardanelles. Solanum and cyclamen are good. Lapagerias fair, hydrangeas good, there is little else. My hybrid gladiolus just over, the seedling yellows hold on. Very dry.

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