27th 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

2019 – CHW

First flowers evident today after wind and rain on the first original pink Camellia sasanqua. These are 100+ year old plants and this one (of seven) is always the first but not always out in September. Is August the only month when there is no camellia out in the garden?

Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’ planted last spring in the Tin Garden is already producing copious berries with the leaves still green.
Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’
Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’
Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’
Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’
The Cornwall champion tree of Osmanthus heterophyllus (by girth) is nicely scented and producing a good show on what is otherwise a dullish evergreen.
Osmanthus heterophyllus
Osmanthus heterophyllus
Osmanthus heterophyllus
Osmanthus heterophyllus
The Mevagissey fire brigade had a practice yesterday evening pumping water from the pond to enable them to squirt their hoses well above and over the roof. Surprising that the fire engine fitted through and under the arches either end of the front of the house but it clearly did which is good news.
Mevagissey fire brigade
Mevagissey fire brigade
Mevagissey fire brigade
Mevagissey fire brigade
Mevagissey fire brigade
Mevagissey fire brigade
Mevagissey fire brigade
Mevagissey fire brigade

2018 – CHW
Sheep have found a crab apple tree with plenty of low hanging fruit in a hedge and are enjoying the rather bitter taste.
crab apple tree
crab apple tree
crab apple tree
crab apple tree
A group of Betula utilis var. jacquemontii growing in a garden in Northumberland. A wonderful effect from the tree trunks all together in maturity.
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
What I think is Sorbus aria ‘Majestica’ with huge leaves and still green fruits.
Sorbus aria ‘Majestica’
Sorbus aria ‘Majestica’
Sorbus aria ‘Majestica’
Sorbus aria ‘Majestica’

2017 – CHW
Last year’s new planting above Auklandii Garden is looking good. We removed a laurel hedge and have still to dispose of a few stumps from the fire in the centre.
new planting above Auklandii Garden
new planting above Auklandii Garden
Plenty of early ripe seed heads on an old Camellia japonica variety.
ripe seed heads on an old Camellia japonica
ripe seed heads on an old Camellia japonica
ripe seed heads on an old Camellia japonica
ripe seed heads on an old Camellia japonica
Lots of seed on Magnolia ‘Mr Julian’. Probably the most that I have seen on any magnolia tree in the garden this autumn.
Magnolia ‘Mr Julian’
Magnolia ‘Mr Julian’
Magnolia ‘Mr Julian’
Magnolia ‘Mr Julian’
A young Acer x conspicuum ‘Phoenix’ has very special autumn colour which goes well with its exceptional striped bark. Is it better than the Acer conspicuum ‘Silver Cardinal’ at Burncoose?
Acer x conspicuum ‘Phoenix’
Acer x conspicuum ‘Phoenix’
Acer x conspicuum ‘Phoenix’
Acer x conspicuum ‘Phoenix’
Acer x conspicuum ‘Phoenix’
Acer x conspicuum ‘Phoenix’
A filthy day all day. The puddles persist!
The puddles persist
The puddles persist

2016 – CHW
The best thing in flower in the garden today is the mature Schima khasiana. We have Schima argentea and Schima wallichii in the garden but they are younger and not out. I am confused by the three species which do not actually look that different. The resemblance with Camellia oleifera in the flower is striking. Some scent with the schima flowers but only close up.
Schima khasiana
Schima khasiana
Schima khasiana
Schima khasiana
Schima khasiana
Schima khasiana
Schima khasiana
Schima khasiana

2015 – CHW
Lapageria rosea out by the front door. A sad remnant of a once huge plant. We think of lapagerias as flowering in autumn but in The Garden diary notes of 80 to 100 years ago these are commented on as being frosted in January. Winters seem generally to have been colder then so why were they flowering much later than now. Has this Chilean (and really greenhouse plant) adapted to our Cornish climate?

Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea
Lapageria rosea

1918 – JCW
Rhodo’s as below. Cyclamen very good. Lapagerias fair. Hydrangeas fair.

(Hand written note attached to Garden Book page)
Rhodo’s showing more or less flower at Caerhays Sept 27 1918

R neriflorum, R haematodes, R cuneatum, R ravurn, R lutescens, R hanceanum, R dichroanthum, R websterianum, R fastigiatum, R oreotrephes, R saluense, R hippophaeoides, R scintillans, R telmatium, R impeditum, R decorum, R rupicolum, R primulicum, R racemosum, R lepidotum, R trichodadum, R intricatum, R leoides, R ponticum.

1919 – JCW
All above rhodo’s in flower except R dichroanthum, R ponticum, with additional ones of R waterii, R adenogynum, R valentinicium, R auriculltum, R maddeni, R saluense, R davidsonianum , R baylei.

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