2019 – CHW
Nyssa aff. sinensis (FMWJ 13122) with reddish new secondary growth leaves. Autumn colour on young leaves! What this species may lack in flowers it easily makes up for in leaf colour.
Some rain and everything in the garden looking much healthier. We can now assess the drought damage.
Lapageria ‘Flesh Pink’ is out about a month earlier than usual.
The Lapageria rosea has been out for about a fortnight but I had omitted to photograph it. Only one of the elderly plants survives.
2016 – CHW
2015 – CHW
Oh dear, the first signs of disease on the common horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) below the Aucklandii Garden. Terrible blotching of the leaves but, since this tree loses its leaves very early in the autumn and they are on the very lowest branches, perhaps not a worry yet? Not the moth larvae disease but the other one? A first for Cornwall that I have seen if it is?
This is the time of the year when honey fungus strikes and, as the grass is cut, so some unexpected deaths appear. Here a Rhododendron Countess of Haddington by the cash point which was in its prime. There was a dead halesia tree here 10 years ago and the long black tendrils of this fungus or phytophtera have probably been living on decaying roots before striking out at something new.
Again it is amazing how close some magnolia seeds are now to being ripe and shedding seed. What a difference the heavy rain has made to seed swelling too in a fortnight. Good show of buds on many magnolias for next spring though too. I have a whole section on the Burncoose website about propagating magnolias from seed.
1984 – FJW
A good soak of rain – thundery.
1980 – FJW
Drummond Anderson (Rosemary Williams’ son) did and walked the garden aged 18 months.
1961 – FJW
Stellata seed so far no good.
1910 – JCW
We have cleared a large new piece to the left of Mr Will’s Path. The first major clearance for many years. I have found 4 seed pods on the nursery Stellata. A seed pod* on the Wall Garden, form Reticulata is still swelling. Lapageria well out. Auriculatums and hybs flowering very well.
* this picked off and found empty in November.