3rd 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

2017 – CHW

Astonishingly good blue new growth on Rhododendron cinnabarinum concatenans Group.

Rhododendron cinnabarinum concatenans Group
Rhododendron cinnabarinum concatenans Group
Rhododendron cinnabarinum concatenans Group
Rhododendron cinnabarinum concatenans Group
Lindera sericea had appeared to be a rounded bush but suddenly four new growth stems have shot up tall. A new species of lindera to us.
Lindera sericea
Lindera sericea
Lindera sericea
Lindera sericea
Lindera sericea
Lindera sericea
Neolitsea polycarpa is making good growth. The leaf form resembles the lindera below Donkey Shoe. It is certainly hugely different from Neolitsea sericea.
Neolitsea polycarpa
Neolitsea polycarpa
Neolitsea polycarpa
Neolitsea polycarpa
Rehderodendron kwatungense is now growing well. Nice bark too.
Rehderodendron kwatungense
Rehderodendron kwatungense
Rehderodendron kwatungense
Rehderodendron kwatungense
Rehderodendron kwatungense
Rehderodendron kwatungense
Polyspora longicarpa is full of bud for late autumn or early in the New Year. This plant was windblown and nearly dead four or five years ago but has now settled in.
Polyspora longicarpa
Polyspora longicarpa
Polyspora longicarpa
Polyspora longicarpa
Yet another good Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’.
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’
Secondary, and very dark, flowers on Magnolia ‘Genie’.
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Sadly the last old clump of Rhododendron ‘Charles Michael’ is now dead.
Rhododendron ‘Charles Michael’
Rhododendron ‘Charles Michael’

2016 – CHW
A visit by Harry Watkins who is writing a PhD paper on magnolias. A very wet afternoon so the pictures are dreadful. Harry is not fazed by the rain. Copious fruit on Cornus kousa ‘Gold Star’. Very good indeed.
Cornus kousa ‘Gold Star’
Cornus kousa ‘Gold Star’

Lomatia ferruginea is just going over.

Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Gevuina avellana, the Chilean nut tree, is just coming out and we discover a few green turning black nuts close to the base of this year’s flowers. They do not look that significant.
Gevuina avellana
Gevuina avellana
Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’ is now coming out properly a week on from the last inspection.
Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’
Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’
Eucryphia cordifolia is just starting to shed its flowers. Two to three weeks later this year than usual this year.
Eucryphia cordifolia
Eucryphia cordifolia
2015 – CHW
Hoheria sextylosa is at last out. Very late and later than other hoheria species but Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’ is still in tight bud which is most unusual. In the nursery they had flower in early August.
Hoheria sextylosa
Hoheria sextylosa
Hoheria sextylosa
Hoheria sextylosa
Hoheria sextylosa
Hoheria sextylosa

1995 – FJW
It looks as if the drought is now over – the worst since 1976 and probably the worst I have seen.

1971 – FJW
All corn in – and nearly all straw – yield good.

1962 – FJW
Pinnatifolia past best, Nymansensis at its best – no lapageria. The season has been 3 weeks late all through the year.

1914 – JCW
Cyclamen, solanum, cassia, hydrangeas, roses are very good. The lapagerias coming on. R flavidum has some nice flowers open and also R decorum, Wilson’s best Intricatum is good.

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