4th August

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2019 – CHW

This huge Osmanthus yunnanensis fell over last year and was pushed back up with a digger after its tops were cut off. Nice to see it shooting from the trunk with dark purple new growth. The tree next to it is the same species and was pollarded earlier due to old age. Its new growth is green not purple as Jaimie noticed before me.

Osmanthus yunnanensis
Osmanthus yunnanensis
Osmanthus yunnanensis
Osmanthus yunnanensis
Osmanthus yunnanensis
Osmanthus yunnanensis
A solitary and absurdly late flower on Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’. This is the third Michelia seen with odd flowers still out in the last week.
Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’
Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’
The Mallotus japonicus given to us this spring is establishing well and producing its first flowers. The large tree at Ventnor which I have coveted for years was sadly dying of drought or honey fungus.
Mallotus japonicus
Mallotus japonicus
Mallotus japonicus
Mallotus japonicus
Euphorbia stygiana ‘Santamaria’ has been over pruned for cuttings but here some seed pods. The result of too much lopping is that is has reshot from the base.
Euphorbia stygiana ‘Santamaria’
Euphorbia stygiana ‘Santamaria’
Euphorbia stygiana ‘Santamaria’
Euphorbia stygiana ‘Santamaria’
Euphorbia stygiana ‘Santamaria’
Euphorbia stygiana ‘Santamaria’
Brachychiton populneus has sat doing nothing for three years. At last a little development of its crown.
Brachychiton populneus
Brachychiton populneus
Brachychiton populneus
Brachychiton populneus
These five Rhododendron sinogrande were moved here from the nursery beds in April. Finally some new growth is emerging after the recent rain so they have a chance (or four do): one produced new growth which has shrivelled in the drought but there is more to come. The problem will be next year when the large old leaves drop to leave just far too small young leaves to sustain the plants.
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
I had thought that this Idesia polycarpa was a male but there are a very few seeds forming. After the dry summer many trees have jettisoned their seeds to save energy.
Idesia polycarpa
Idesia polycarpa
Eucryphia milliganii full out at 15ft or so tall.
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii
Eucryphia milliganii

2018 – CHW
Stewartia serrata has enjoyed the drought. Its new growth has hairs on the stems and leaves as you can just about see here.
Stewartia serrata
Stewartia serrata
Stewartia serrata
Stewartia serrata
Stewartia serrata
Stewartia serrata
Stewartia serrata
Stewartia serrata
Stewartia malacodendron showing early autumn colour on its youngest leaves. This is its response to the drought.
Stewartia malacodendron
Stewartia malacodendron
Stewartia malacodendron
Stewartia malacodendron
Rather unspectacular bark on Stewartia rostrata.
Stewartia rostrata
Stewartia rostrata
Stewartia rostrata
Stewartia rostrata
Seed heads forming on Stewartia pseudocamellia but many have withered in the drought and these are only showing on the basal new growth shoots and not on the main stems at the top of the plant.
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Stewartia pseudocamellia
Quercus ‘Chimney Fire’ living up to its name in its secondary new growth.
Quercus ‘Chimney Fire’
Quercus ‘Chimney Fire’
Quercus ‘Chimney Fire’
Quercus ‘Chimney Fire’

2017 – CHW
MORE from Ventnor.Acacia pravissima as a 15-18ft tree with many seed pods.
Acacia pravissima
Acacia pravissima
Acacia pravissima
Acacia pravissima
Acacia pravissima
Acacia pravissima
Eucalyptus amygdalina – with white flowers scented clearly of mint. A huge mature tree.
Eucalyptus amygdalina
Eucalyptus amygdalina
Eucalyptus amygdalina
Eucalyptus amygdalina
Eucalyptus amygdalina
Eucalyptus amygdalina
Diospyros lotus, the Date Plum, with inedible fruit forming on a tree 30ftx20ft. It looks an evergreen but is not.
Diospyros lotus
Diospyros lotus
Diospyros lotus
Diospyros lotus
Diospyros lotus
Diospyros lotus
Diospyros lotus
Diospyros lotus
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’. The old trunks have died and vigorous new suckers have appeared in the border.
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’
I was right! It is an aristolochia called Aristolochia californica.
Aristolochia californica
Aristolochia californica
A nice spreading clump of Romneya coulteri.
Romneya coulteri
Romneya coulteri
Romneya coulteri
Romneya coulteri
Romneya coulteri
Romneya coulteri
Echium seedlings by the thousand!
Echium seedlings
Echium seedlings
Echium seedlings
Echium seedlings
Citrus orange growing outside. Note the suckers from below the graft which need removing and the careful pruning which has encouraged dense new growth.
Citrus orange
Citrus orange
Citrus orange
Citrus orange
Citrus orange
Citrus orange
Blue seed panicles on Berberis valdiviana. Very attractive!
Berberis valdiviana
Berberis valdiviana
Berberis valdiviana
Berberis valdiviana
Berberis valdiviana
Berberis valdiviana
Isoplexis canariensis with a late flower and bulging seed heads.
Isoplexis canariensis
Isoplexis canariensis
Isoplexis canariensis
Isoplexis canariensis
Isoplexis canariensis
Isoplexis canariensis
A wall covered with Trachelospermum jasminoides.
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Pseudopanax ferox at 12ft with its totally different secondary leaves.
Pseudopanax ferox
Pseudopanax ferox

2016 – CHW
On the way early to the mainland but just time to photograph a fine Magnolia grandiflora ‘Goliath’ which has narrower and more pointed leaves than most other forms of M grandiflora. This specimen grows in the garden of a lady who collects succulents and echeveria which I inspected last night. Not my idea of nice plants but each to his own!
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Goliath’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Goliath’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Goliath’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Goliath’
2015 – CHW
The grasscutting in the garden is now up to Georges Hut and a good half way through. Lots of roe deer tracks, rubbing and nibbling and today I see a roe buck with reasonable horns grazing happily in the middle of Kennel Close who ignores my car not once but twice at 40 yards.Eucryphia nymansensis ‘Nymansay’ coming out both outside the front gate and in New Planting. The latter was a record sized multi-stemmed tree until felled in the 1990 hurricane. We chopped it back to six feet and rebedded the roots and it is now back up to 15 feet but still looks a bit starved in comparison to the one in its prime on the drive at Burncoose.
Eucryphia nymansensis ‘Nymansay’
Eucryphia nymansensis ‘Nymansay’
Eucryphia nymansensis ‘Nymansay’
Eucryphia nymansensis ‘Nymansay’
Eucryphia nymansensis ‘Nymansay’
Eucryphia nymansensis ‘Nymansay’
The best show in the garden today are five plants of Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora on the bank at Hovel Cart Road. Huge and really robust in comparison to the forms shown a few days ago. Each plant is a good 10 feet tall and nearly as wide.
Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora
Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora
Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora
Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora
The first hoheria to come out is Hoheria glabrata hidden away by the castanopsis. The flower clusters resemble the shape of a (pendant) kalmia in bud. The tree (12-15ft) at Burncoose is ancient but never seems quite to die. This clump of three were planted in 1991.
Hoheria glabrata
Hoheria glabrata
Hoheria glabrata
Hoheria glabrata
Hoheria glabrata
Hoheria glabrata
Nearby is Eucryphia lucida also only just showing colour with huge flowers that attract bees. Again a clump of three in the post hurricane planting but rather a poor place to see it properly.
Eucryphia lucida
Eucryphia lucida
Eucryphia lucida
Eucryphia lucida
Podocarpus ‘Blue Gem’ came as a gift from David Lees of Lees & Co where he had grown it for many years in his seaside garden at Lymington. Clearly tender and probably South African it has truly gorgeous blue new growth and has made a nice shrub here. We have stocked it before in the nursery and must now propagate it again.

1997 – FJW
Very heavy rain for 3 days now – have not had such a wet spell at this time for years. One flower on lapageria.

1995 – FJW
Madeleine Williams arrived into the world – very hot and dry.

1964 – FJW
Harvest started. Auriculatums fair (Polar Bears excellent) – Eucryphia glutinosa good – Nymansensis will take another week.

1916 – JCW
The Romneya has 400 to 500 flowers open. There is nothing much else except Solanum.

1914 – JCW
The European war began August 2nd 44 years to a day from the last great war. Very few things open except R auriculatum which I am crossing with R ungernii from Treghan, a clean white form.

1897 – JCW
The first red lapageria open and I left for Scotland.

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