26th August

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2019 – CHW

Quillaja saponaria (soap bark tree) is now 8-10ft tall but rather floppy in growth in the Rookery. Not the right place for it at all. Far too much shade for this Chilean rarity which is supposed to flower in April. I do not ever remember seeing it in flower in the nursery. Supposedly tender but well sheltered here.

Quillaja saponaria
Quillaja saponaria
Quillaja saponaria
Quillaja saponaria
I always tell people that I have tried and failed with Quercus suber several times here over 20 years. I now discover a poor plant, also in far too much shade, which needs urgent restaking. The bark is shaping up nicely but the tree is about to collapse as you can see. Planted 2010.
Quercus suber
Quercus suber
Quercus suber
Quercus suber
Pterocarya x rehderiana ‘Fern Leaf’ (now Pterocarya stenoptera ‘Fern Leaf’ according to the latest Hillier’s) is now 20ft tall and making good headway. A present from John Hillier 10 years ago. Attractive bark now as well. We have another much younger plant in Kennel Close. No flowers or seeds here yet and no suckering new growth either.
Pterocarya x rehderiana ‘Fern Leaf’
Pterocarya x rehderiana ‘Fern Leaf’
Pterocarya x rehderiana ‘Fern Leaf’
Pterocarya x rehderiana ‘Fern Leaf’
Polyspora axialis from Crug Farm has joined the dodo. It never looked much like the P. axillaris we have bought and planted from Stervinou nurseries in France as far as its foliage was concerned. Drought last summer I fear as the COD. As we know there is still much confusion in the naming of Polyspora species.
Polyspora axialis
Polyspora axialis
Polyspora speciosa (WWJ 11934) next door is doing well and now 8-10ft tall three or four years on from planting as a large plant. No sign of any flower buds as yet. Rather a floppy branching habit due to the weight of its huge leaves. Time to prune the nearby laurel.
Polyspora speciosa
Polyspora speciosa
Polyspora speciosa
Polyspora speciosa
Hoheria sextylosa just coming out on its lower branches but not at the top of this 20-25ft tree as yet. This one is below Donkey Shoe.
Hoheria sextylosa
Hoheria sextylosa
Hoheria sextylosa
Hoheria sextylosa
A clump of seven Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’ on the drive just starting to turn in colour from white to a gorgeous pink. Superb plant which I think usurps the plethora of new paniculata varieties appearing from Holland in recent years which are beginning to enter the Burncoose website.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’

2018 – CHW
A few days ago I suddenly saw what I thought was a Persea japonica tree flowering away as a Schima. On closer inspection this 15ft tree is labelled as P. japonica (twice) which is clearly incorrect.

Schima species are notoriously difficult to identify and name properly even when in flower.

To confuse matters the planting records show for this area a 1998 planting of Schima liukuiensis from Chris Chester at Rosemoor and given to us in 1997. There is also a record of a 2009 planting of Schima wallichii about where the plant is labelled P. japonica.

On the left is a twig from the real and true Persea japonica and one from the schima (labelled P. japonica) on the right.

On the left
On the left
This is a flower bud on the mislabelled plant and some leaves. The inflorescence is still too high up to photograph properly.
flower bud
flower bud
flower bud
flower bud
This is the plant I had thought might well be Schima wallichii but, in fact, it is identical to our old original Schima khasiana. Neither are quite out in flower and the buds are not quite showing any white yet.
Schima khasiana
Schima khasiana
Here is (left to right) P. japonica, Schima ‘?’ and Schima (probably) khasiana:
All three side by side
All three side by side
Persea japonica
Persea japonica
Schima?
Schima?
Schima khasiana
Schima khasiana
And the same again with the leaves turned over:
Persea japonica
Persea japonica
Schima?
Schima?
Schima khasiana
Schima khasiana

The problem is that the Schima (probably) khasiana has been in place since at least 1998 and the schima on the planting plan as wallichii is much younger and probably dates from 2009.

Is it possible that the incorrectly named Persea japonica is in fact Schima liukuiensis? The only person who might enjoy this complex and dull subject (apart from me) is Tom Hudson. I thought Schima liukuiensis was not in any reference book that I have but, in the small print, I see it is now called Schima superba although the picture in ‘New Trees’ does not really match our plant.

The next step is to assemble all our schima in flower and photograph them. In theory we have S. khasiana, S. wallichii and S. argentea or that is what they were planted as anyway.

2017 – CHW
A trip to examine what is setting seed this year but I get distracted!

Hypericum lancasteri has grown massively since last year and is full of flower with more to come. We put in three plants together and there is already quite a clump.

Hypericum lancasteri
Hypericum lancasteri
Hypericum lancasteri
Hypericum lancasteri
Hypericum lancasteri
Hypericum lancasteri
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’ is turning colour where the sun catches this immature but impressive clump which is largely in shade. The close ups reveal how pink the bracts can get. The pure H. paniculata which we looked at earlier this week also goes pink in the sun. Is ‘Vanille Fraise’ really that different?
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’
The suckers on Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’ have grown apace in the last two months and the largest is nearly as tall as the original and now a dead stalk. One sucker is at least three yards from the original plant.
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Magnolia globosa has three, as yet unripe, seed pods. Larger than last year’s and important to collect in a couple of months.
Magnolia globosa
Magnolia globosa
Styrax hookeri has many large seeds already. Ripe in four to six weeks I suspect?
Styrax hookeri
Styrax hookeri
Styrax hookeri
Styrax hookeri
Gevuina avellana is plastered in flower from top to bottom of this 30ft plus clump. Are there male and female flowers? Yes I think this shows this. No sign of any of the black nuts or seeds which we saw this time last year on this ‘Chilean nut tree’ or ‘Chilean hazel’.
Gevuina avellana
Gevuina avellana
Gevuina avellana
Gevuina avellana
Gevuina avellana
Gevuina avellana
Gevuina avellana
Gevuina avellana
Gevuina avellana
Gevuina avellana

2016 – CHW (photos to follow)
It has got to be a good summer when you can find a stick insect this size in the nursery! Huge! I wonder what stick insects eat?Updated by Julie at Forgecom – stick insects love privet, also rose and hazel leaves.2015 – CHW
Why is Hydrangea ‘Blue Wave’ at its absolute best when all the other hydrangea clumps on the drive are starting to fade in colour or have gone over altogether?
Hydrangea ‘Blue Wave’
Hydrangea ‘Blue Wave’
Hydrangea ‘Blue Wave’
Hydrangea ‘Blue Wave’
Hydrangea ‘Blue Wave’
Hydrangea ‘Blue Wave’

1992 – FJW
All corn in – poor harvest. Peas west, then Barley – wheat average.

1990 – FJW
All corn in – good yield but prices on low side. Caerhays not as badly hit by dry summer as some areas close to sea fog.

1967 – FJW
Terrace not cut for year – Camellia with one flower in the Werrens.

1966 – FJW
All corn in and only one field to bale – marvellous yield.

1916 – JCW
Just as in 1914 for flower, several mountain rhodo’s show flowers.

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