2019 – CHW
Maytenus boaria near Georges Hut and behind the Sophora ‘Sun King’ has self-sown seedlings aplenty not far from the 1991 planted tree. Some have been mown off in earlier grass cutting but others are crying out for Asia to rescue and pot up. This rare Chilean tree with weeping branches is more common in Irish gardens than Cornish ones. We have never had it on the Burncoose website before so let us get cracking.
More of the same.Illicium philippinense with one remaining flower. I have missed the rest. Looks as tender as its name implies. First time ever seen here.
Look at how high up the trunk ferns have colonised this old Pinus insignis. The tops blew out two and three years ago and we left the bare trunk (60ft of it) for ‘deadwood’ or wildlife as the Forestry Commission now requires. Zero interest in timber production now – all they care about is climate change and bats! Such are the wonders of fading European rule. There are holly trees growing from the trunk too as it all decays.
The one seed pod on the Magnolia officinalis var biloba is maturing but not yet ripe.
Magnolia ‘Yellow Bird’ still has nice secondary flowers on show in Penvergate.
Now secondary flowers on Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’ as well although these are dull by comparison.
2015 – CHWA Cercidiphyllum japonicum planted in 1991 below Slip Rail is moving from a gorgeous yellow to having tinges of black. With the sun on it it is quite a sight but the Tetracentron sinense beside it, which has equally brilliant red autumn colour, is still pure green. No scent yet from the cercidiphyllum despite a very hot 10 days – hotter than August by a long chalk. Previously an identical record tree stood in the same spot but was felled in the 1990 hurricane.