4th 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

Seed hunting in Kennel Close.

Second flowers on Magnolia ‘Yakeo’. This seems to be normal as we have three youngish plants all flowering again hard!

Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Sorbus gonggashonica with berries. We may have seen the first seeds last year? What a name!
Sorbus gonggashonica
Sorbus gonggashonica
Sorbus gonggashonica
Sorbus gonggashonica
Sorbus commixta aff. var. sachalinensis with bright red-orange berries hidden within the tree. Only 10 years from planting.
Sorbus commixta aff. var. sachalinensis
Sorbus commixta aff. var. sachalinensis
Sorbus commixta aff. var. sachalinensis
Sorbus commixta aff. var. sachalinensis
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’ with its first berries. The only one of the half dozen new species of crataegus to produce berries since planted two years ago.
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’
Sorbus japonica with fruits forming amid the silvery leaves. Odd colour to the fruit but I expect it will change although most leaves have already fallen.
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus unknown on planting plan. Seems familiar in leaf form?
Sorbus unknown
Sorbus unknown
Sorbus unknown
Sorbus unknown
Sorbus unknown
Sorbus unknown
Aesculus woerlitzensis with conkers nearly all in pairs only at the top of the old flower stalks. Well worth Asia collecting in a couple of weeks. Oddly shaped and coloured too. I am not sure if I got pictures of this new species (to us) in flower? Slow growing but seeding at a very young age. Very rare and not in Hillier’s.
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis

2016 – CHW
We travel to look at magnolias in Old Park and Forty Acres and are in for a few nice surprises: Magnolia sieboldii still has tail end flowers although there are seed pods set and turning a ripe pink on the same young plant. Extraordinary.
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Two zanthoxylum species with an attractive display of fruit. The smaller one may be Zanthoxylum simulans. Horrid prickles.
zanthoxylum species
zanthoxylum species
zanthoxylum species
zanthoxylum species
zanthoxylum species
zanthoxylum species
Tilia henryana just coming out in Penvergate. Plastered in flower. However the plant on the drive has none this year.
Tilia henryana
Tilia henryana
Tilia henryana
Tilia henryana
Stewartia pteropetiolata covered in seedpods alongside a fine Stewartia rostrata which was covered too.
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Magnolia officionalis biloba, which flowers in March, has several small secondary reddish flowers alongside one huge seedpod. I have never seen secondary flowering on this species before.
Magnolia officionalis biloba
Magnolia officionalis biloba
Magnolia officionalis biloba
Magnolia officionalis biloba
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’ has many pleasant secondary yellow flowers on its new growth. Some seem larger than the spring ones in size. Again a first for me. Alongside the elderly Magnolia soulangeanas here have plenty of secondary flowers but this is normal!
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’
2015 – CHW
Two young clumps of Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’ have secondary autumn flowers which are sparse but still attractive albeit a much paler colour than in the spring. This brings our tally of second time flowering rhodos to four with plenty of time for more.
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’

A good crop of seeds on Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’ which are worth harvesting since the plant grows alongside a nice clump of wild form Camellia reticulatas (?1931 planting) one of which is as near red as any I have seen.  I have an article on Burncoose about propagating Camellia seeds. 

Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’
Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’
Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’
Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’

1991 – FJW
All harvest in – yield as good as we have ever had.

1989 – FJW
Still very very dry and no rain forecast. Bad weather has come from north over Scotland and peetered out.

1978 – FJW
All grain in – yield good.

1968 – FJW
All grain in.

1967 – FJW
Charles had first shots with airgun at a tin – 2 hits / 3.

1964 – FJW
Definite signs of drought – young firs (1 by Green Gate, 1 Penvergate) seem dead. Leaf ripped off magnolias – Soulangeana Penvergate (furthest plant) has many flowers.

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