9th September

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
CH Williams Profile Picture
CHW 2015-
JC Williams Profile Picture
JCW 1897-1939
C Williams Profile Picture
CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Presenting the cheques after the Caerhays fete which was held on 18th June. We distributed £8,000 to the Caerhays church and local charities.

Here £1,500 towards the St Austell Scouts’ new toilet block – Cyril (right) used to be the Caerhays postman.

£1,500 towards the St Austell Scouts
£1,500 towards the St Austell Scouts
£1,500 towards the St Austell Scouts
£1,500 towards the St Austell Scouts
Here £2,000 to Cornwall Hospice Care received by Clare Bray on their behalf.
£2,000 to Cornwall Hospice Care
£2,000 to Cornwall Hospice Care
Although it was a very fine and hot day profits were down £3,000 from two years ago. Many visitors simply stayed on the beach and did not venture up to the castle.

2016 – CHW
The Great Gardens of Cornwall members meet at Trewithen to plan the 25 year celebrations of its founding next spring. The new book is all written and soon off to China to be printed (3,000) copies. The first meeting 25 years ago was on Tresco with a youthful Tim Smit, Philip Macmillan-Browse and John Nelson (Heligan), Tony Hibbert (Trebah), Mike Nelhams (Tresco) and James Humphreys (Trewithen) present. Of these only James will be in both photographs for the book as Mike did not turn up today and Tim Smit is now rather too important to come to a small meeting such as this. Nevertheless a little piece of Cornish gardening history. Here are a few pictures of the current Great Gardens members in the walled garden at Trewithen after the meeting. You will have to wait to see the formal picture.
the current Great Gardens members in the walled garden at Trewithen
The current Great Gardens members in the walled garden at Trewithen
the current Great Gardens members in the walled garden at Trewithen
The current Great Gardens members in the walled garden at Trewithen
An inspection of the greenhouses, with Asia just back from Poland, reveals, at last, overflowing benches of rare stuff, loads of new rhodo and magnolia seedlings and a full cutting bench early in the season. All excellent. The outside beds are stuffed with rare new things to plant out next spring as well. Excellent again.
Styrax wilsonii has produced copious seed pods on three small bought in plants in the small glasshouse. Just about fit to plant out next year too.
Styrax wilsonii
Styrax wilsonii
Abutilon ‘Orange Hot Lava’ was in flower but this is the stock plant for nursery cuttings.
Abutilon ‘Orange Hot Lava’
Abutilon ‘Orange Hot Lava’

2015 – CHW
Catalpa bignonoides with flowers just going over. This tree was rescued from my grandmother’s garden at Muskoka in St Mawes when it got too large. Surprisingly it moved quite readily but it has become a hopeless tree with branches constantly breaking off as you can see.

Catalpa bignonoides
Catalpa bignonoides
Catalpa bignonoides
Catalpa bignonoides
Catalpa bignonoides
Catalpa bignonoides

The fruits on the cornus are starting to ripen as you can see here in Cornus kousa but are still some way off. The squirrels adore Cornus kousa chinensis fruits most as they have the largest and presumably sweetest ‘strawberries’ of all. However other Cornus kousa varieties do have large fruits too of various colours as we will see shortly.

Cornus kousa
Cornus kousa

2008 – FJW
House martins left.

1996 – FJW
Good harvest finished.

1918 – JCW
The roses in the beds are nice, lapagerias are fair, hydrangeas fair, cyclamen good as times go. Have cut the worst of the weeds in the lawn myself and also the brambles and nettles in the cherry tree shooting ride.

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