Not a good fruiting year for sorbus after the wet summer. This is what I captured on a gloomy, misty day.
Sorbus commixta ‘Embley’ by the Top Lodge is the exception.
Cornus ‘Gloria Birkett’ is again laden with fruits which are turning quickly. This is a very desirable form.
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’ is plastered in fruit just changing colour from green to orange.
Sorbus reducta (top grafted) has a paltry four fruits.
Sorbus ‘Pearly King’ has sparse fruiting but some are changing from rose to white with a pink flush. Not many though!
Sorbus ‘Hilling Spire’ has only two clusters of yellow fruits quite high up.
So a pretty poor show on the drive anyway. Sorbus ‘Golden Wonder’ has zero fruits and Sorbus forrestii is bare too. All these plants, and several more, flowered well in the summer. In north Yorkshire the rowans are superb this year.
2016 – CHW
Trochodendron araliodes has plentiful seed pods in Old Park but they are not yet ripe. Collect in about a month I guess.
Stewartia rostrata in Penvergate is plastered in red seed pods but here, unlike on the drive, the leaves are only just starting to turn their autumnal reddish-black.
Tilia henryana is plastered in flower and nicely scented. Strangely the plant on the drive has no flower at all this year and you could argue the leaf shape is very different. I saw a plant in Durham recently with no flower either and much larger leaves. Less energy into flowering and bigger leaves with less pronounced leaf spurs as a result? I will catch up with the drive plant soon.
2015 – CHWThe very first flowers on Camellia sasanqua ‘Rosea’ outside the front door. I may have failed to find a camellia in flower in August or July this year but I certainly have found a camellia flower or two in July in the past. Which other genus could claim a flower in 11 months of the year?
Actually you probably could find a rhododendron of sorts out in every month of the year but some of these would be second autumn flowerings.
Magnolias too probably span the full 12 months albeit only in a mild winter if you include Magnolia delavayi and Magnolia grandiflora and, more importantly, all the newer hybrids which do have a second flowering. I have featured these heavily in the past weeks but here is yet another: Magnolia ‘Star Wars’. Unusually this year the second flowering is rather pale as opposed to being much darker than the spring flush.