26th September

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
CH Williams Profile Picture
CHW 2015-
JC Williams Profile Picture
JCW 1897-1939
C Williams Profile Picture
CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Sparse seeding on the wild collected form of Magnolia cylindrica. Some seed pods are rounded with only a few seeds. Others a more normal magnolia seedpod shape.

Magnolia cylindrica
Magnolia cylindrica
Magnolia cylindrica
Magnolia cylindrica
Fruits on Cornus wcberi which is clearly a misspelling which I once sorted out but now forget. They are very red and rounded. Lots of new growth here from below the graft to remove or this plant will die.
Cornus wcberi
Cornus wcberi
Cornus wcberi
Cornus wcberi

2016 – CHW
Another mature castanopsis which may well be Castanopsis cuspidata has seed forming but not yet mature.
Castanopsis cuspidata
Castanopsis cuspidata
Sassafras tzumu has very distinct leaves and was well known to James in France.
Sassafras tzumu
Sassafras tzumu
Sassafras tzumu
Sassafras tzumu
Clethra pringleyi is another (the second) new species which we have missed in flower. Clearly tender, this plant has taken a while to get going.
Clethra pringleyi
Clethra pringleyi
Clethra pringleyi
Clethra pringleyi

2015 – CHW

One of the debates of the last decade has been when will the large Cryptomeria japonica which has been leaning and defying gravity for many years finally succumb to gravity? A tough old historic tree which can certainly be seen in pre World War I pictures of the castle.

Cryptomeria japonica
Cryptomeria japonica
Cryptomeria japonica
Cryptomeria japonica
A plant you often see in formal designed landscapes. We all enjoyed the Alan Titchmarsh programme on Belvoir Castle last Thursday outlining the Duchess of Rutland’s attempts to recreate the 200 plus year old Capability Brown landscape which never got beyond the design and mapping stage. Emma Rutland’s book is due out soon with, we hope, credits to Burncoose for creating a new woodland garden at Belvoir. Lots of photos of Burncoose planting at Belvoir can be found on the Burncoose landscaping section.
Verbena bonariensis is another ‘last of the summer’ herbaceous plant to cheer us up as well as the butterflies which seemed to be having a day off today which is rather overcast.
Verbena bonariensis
Verbena bonariensis
Verbena bonariensis
Verbena bonariensis
Verbena bonariensis
Verbena bonariensis

2002 – FJW
Very dry since mid August – a few showers but main rain has fallen elsewhere in the country. Not too hot but east wind.1969 – FJW
All grain and straw in – big rain hold up for fortnight and last 3 ½ acres.

1916 – JCW
The following rhodo’s with bits of flower open – R scintillans, 10333. fastigiatum, racemosum, flavidum, intricatum, rupicolum, decorum, ponticum, and chrysanthum hybrids nobleanum and mikado.

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