2021 – CHW
After last week’s rain a joy to see the new growth progressing on the big leafed rhododendrons and secondary new growth on many other things.
Abies koreana with fine clusters of blue cones.
2020 – CHW
Unexpected showers last evening but soon burnt off in the heat.
A nice clump of Euphorbia platyphyllos (I think) on the bank which has survived to flowering size because of no grass cutting.
Off to Burncoose for a video and photography day – intermittent but welcome heavy showers after a night of heavy rain. The Meliosma oldhamii at Burncoose did have more than the one flower I had originally thought. Nearly as many as the Caerhays plant actually.
Everything looking better after the rain!First flower ever on Metapanax davidii. Rather similar to a fatsia flower I think.
You seldom see teasels in Cornwall but they are common on the Isle of Wight. Here growing away by the entrance to a bio digester in Newport which we had a trip around. Dispacus fullonum is the Latin name for teasel which the finches so enjoy eating when the seeds are ripe. Growing here on waste ground to 6ft with some flowers out and some setting seed. Would they sell in the catalogue I wonder?
Off to Ventnor Botanics again with the Caws and the Thorpes in torrential wind and rain. We were almost the only visitors and everything looked battered. The gardens may be ‘the hottest in the UK’ with only 28 inches of rain per year but today they were Cornwall in a good, foggy, westerly gale.A few new things today to admire although the pictures will be poor and fuzzily damp:Kniphofia ‘Ice Queen’ – not sure I have ever seen a pure white ‘red hot poker’ before.
Olearia virgata, I think, in flower in the rain.
Sorbaria tomentosa (possibly) var angustifolia with one flower still out.
(This has now been kindly identified as fuchsia boliviana by Russell Beeson in his comment below, I have to agree.)
The bicoloured Agapanthus ‘Queen Mum’ just coming out.
2015 – CHW
Saw the first swift here today over the pond (evening) and watched some other youngsters yesterday out of the window at a rather critical and decisive if not terminal Cornwall Farmers board meeting at the Arundell Arms in Lifton (Devon). If the swifts have bred at the castle this year I have not seen them.What a joy to have two weekends on the trot to settle into life at Caerhays and enjoy the garden with no public here or public functions to attend and all the time in the world to look at plants and research (and covet old and new ones!) them properly. I cannot remember this happening for several years. Time to think, children all married (John and Katie visit), dogs happy, work absolutely up to date. Weddings at Coastguards Hut and Vean so everyone busy earning money apart (for once) me! Glorious Twelfth and The Cottage loom soon but Wi-Fi and Gmail access will still be necessary nearish there. Technologically illiterate I admit!
So now time to investigate Hydrangea paniculata hybrids on the drive which are coming out and making a show a bit later than all the hortensus varieties. Mostly planted 2007 or 2009.
Hydrangea paniculata ‘White Lace’ – above Red Linney on bank. Distinct and dainty habit as its name implies. Very nice and would do in a large pot.
1980 – FJW
Still a few flowers on Midsummers Day Camellia.
1952 – CW
It has been very dry for long. Lapageria coming out – Auriculatums good and hybrids. Prophortum nearly over. Big wall Magnolias about at best – a few cyclamen. Hydrangeas very dried up. A few of the late Auriculatum pink hybrids still out. Eucryphia pinnatifolia at its best. An odd flower on Nymansii.
1944 – CW
A few lapagerias. Eucryphia pinnatifolia very good – Magnolias grandiflora and delavayi out. Didymum x hybrid white rhodo’s good. Auriculatum half open.
1942 – CW
One lapageria out – Eucryphia pinnatifolia beginning to be good, also white rho hybrids. A few 2nd flowers on Mag sinensis, many on big Parviflora, and on all 3 evergreen Mag on big wall. Rho didymum very good in places. Romneya at its best. There has been a lot of rain since early June and shrubs have grown well.
1909 – JCW
Buddleias nice, Romneyas good, nothing else. Daff seed sown, bulbs nearly all in, one year olds to plant.