5th September

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CW 1940-1955

2018 – CHW

A day to examine the Torreya species which we have that are, hopefully, correctly labelled? These three were planted (one also died) above and below the Enkianthus collection above Hovel Cart Road (nearest the laurel hedge) in 2001.

Just above the row of Enkianthus is a Saxegothaea conspicua which is doing well.

Above it is Torreya nuncifera which, to my astonishment, had several single plum-like fruits. There are several pictures here to help with confirming the identification for those who know. I do not! We do however offer this plant on the nursery website.

Torreya nuncifera
Torreya nuncifera
Torreya nuncifera
Torreya nuncifera
Torreya nuncifera
Torreya nuncifera
Torreya nuncifera
Torreya nuncifera
Above it again is labelled Torreya taxifolia which Hilliers say is rare in cultivation. It is said to be very like Torreya californica (California nutmeg) but with smaller leaves. This plant has however noticeably bigger spine tipped leaves than Torreya nuncifera. Whether it is indeed T. taxifolia I am unsure.
Torreya taxifolia
Torreya taxifolia
Torreya taxifolia
Torreya taxifolia
Torreya taxifolia
Torreya taxifolia
Torreya taxifolia
Torreya taxifolia
Below the path were planted another Torreya nuncifera and Torreya grandis also in 2001. The fruits here are very different from our T. nuncifera as you can see so I assume this is Torreya grandis. The fruits are larger and in pairs exactly as T. grandis is described in the reference books. The leaves are indeed also spine tipped.
Torreya grandis
Torreya grandis
Torreya grandis
Torreya grandis
Torreya grandis
Torreya grandis
Torreya grandis
Torreya grandis
I cannot yet discover if we have Torreya californica planted recently. There are two Torreya on the plan for Kennel Close with no names so we can ‘go compare’ if they are still alive? It turns out that these two are actually Cephalotaxus and not Torreya.

Asia needs to observe these fruits (with their single seeds) as they ripen and turn colour (brown) so that we can try to grow them. Since all species have male and female strobili (flowers) and the plants are growing close together any seedlings may well not be true to one species.We also need to cut the laurel back from these small trees in the winter and the overhanging magnolia above T. taxifolia.

2017 – CHW
Surprisingly three of Jaimie’s magnolia crosses from the spring have set seed. The paper bags protecting the flowers after pollination are still there. This shows how little magnolias self pollinate and how receptive they are to pollen from other trees. In 10 or so years’ time we may have something new to view but, for now, we are not revealing what the parentage of these crosses actually is. The seed pods have been gathered. Now all we have to do is grow the seeds!
magnolia crosses from the spring have set seed
magnolia crosses from the spring have set seed
magnolia crosses from the spring have set seed
magnolia crosses from the spring have set seed
magnolia crosses from the spring have set seed
magnolia crosses from the spring have set seed

2016 – CHW
A Cornwall Farmers extraordinary general meeting to approve the new rules of the cooperative. From 4,230 members about 25 turned up and the vote was twelve for, seven against, two abstained. Fortunately we had 67 proxy votes in favour thus achieving the required 75% approval level.

2015 – CHW

crop of seed on the Michelia dotsopa
Crop of seed on the Michelia dotsopa
Many years since we have seen such a huge crop of seed on the Michelia dotsopa by Georges Hut. The rain in mid/late August came just in time to swell the seeds and seed pods before they dropped off in the heat. More than enough to grow a few fields of michelia from this lot.

Not far off is Tetrapanax papifera. Search the blog database to see how this plant looked in early spring after the winter had broken all but the odd leaf. Is this a record increase in size for any plant? I still do not really like them or it but never mind.

Tetrapanax papifera
Tetrapanax papifera
Tetrapanax papifera
Tetrapanax papifera
Tetrapanax papifera
Tetrapanax papifera
Tetrapanax papifera
Tetrapanax papifera

1996 – FJW
Harvest finished – wheat good but late to ripen, Moors dry (and see 1989).

1993 – FJW
House martins none to be seen this morning.

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