14th January

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CW 1940-1955

2021 – CHW

A few more rogue flowers out on the Rhododendron davidsonianum hedge behind Donkey Shoe.

Rhododendron davidsonianum
Rhododendron davidsonianum
A large flowered Camellia reticulata which should probably have had a name hidden away near the new species of Rhederodendron. Predates the camellia planting just above/behind Donkey Shoe by the look of it. Before my time!
Camellia reticulata
Camellia reticulata
A young Schefflera aff. pauciflora from Crûg produces ripe berries for the first time. Never saw the flowers.
Schefflera aff. pauciflora
Schefflera aff. pauciflora
Then a viewing of the evergreen oaks above the greenhouse to marry up with those photographed recently above Crinodendron Hedge.
Lithocarpus corneus (label missing) Multi stemmed with bark much more like young Lithocarpus pachyphyllus.
Lithocarpus corneus
Lithocarpus corneus
Lithocarpus corneus
Lithocarpus corneus
Quercus wizlizenii with attractive bark. Planted 2007 and now 15-18ft tall. Similar to Quercus agrifolia in the Rookery.
Quercus wizlizenii
Quercus wizlizenii
Quercus wizlizenii
Quercus wizlizenii
Quercus wizlizenii
Quercus wizlizenii
Quercus unknown and not on the plan – annoying. More or less evergreen.
Quercus unknown
Quercus unknown
Quercus unknown
Quercus unknown
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus (CMBS 2003-1175). Planted 2009.
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus corneus with deer damage to the stem. Does not look quite the same as the ones photographed earlier but in more shelter.
Lithocarpus corneus
Lithocarpus corneus
Another larger Lithocarpus lepidocarpus which has had more shelter. Attractive bark again. Planted in 2009 and now 12ft or more.
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
Lithocarpus lepidocarpus
A good show on Camellia x vernalis ‘Yuletide’.
Camellia x vernalis ‘Yuletide’
Camellia x vernalis ‘Yuletide’
Circa 1980 planted Acer kawakamii (syn. caudatifolium) is dying in the Auklandii Garden and the rotten branches cut out but the rest will die soon. Another infection of a snakebark maple. Tedious but now a regular occurrence in older snakebarks in many woodland gardens.
Acer kawakamii
Acer kawakamii
The supposedly record sized Pittosporum eugenoides ‘Variegatum’ in the Auklandii Garden. It is now crowding out a patch of once layered rhododendron hybrids of my father’s (taken from the Rookery) but we dare not cut it down now.
Pittosporum eugenoides ‘Variegatum’
Pittosporum eugenoides ‘Variegatum’
Lithocarpus species currently in the Caerhays collection:
L. cleistocarpus | One elderly original. One 40 years or so old from a cutting from the original.
L. hancei | Donkey Shoe – original introduction
L. pachyphyllus | Several of varying ages – some original
L. uvariifolius | Original
L. variolosus | Nigel Holman wild collected
L. edulis | A sucker from the original tree survives – identity has been queried
L. corneus | Alan Coombes. Identity needs checking – see New Trees.
L. lepidocarpus | Alan Coombes
L. glabratus | Crûg Farm or Pan Global but looks different to one at Rosemoor?

Need to find:
L. kawakamii | Tregrehan have
L. densiflorus
L. dealbatus
L. henryi

2020 – CHW
This is what the fallen tree mess looked like at the Green Gate yesterday.

fallen tree
fallen tree
A bit of a tidy up in the Auklandii Garden – a few dead things and a bit of pruning.
Auklandii Garden
Auklandii Garden
Auklandii Garden
Auklandii Garden
First flower out on Rhododendron ririei. Again this is a little later than in recent years.
Rhododendron ririei
Rhododendron ririei

2019 – CHW
The first Michelia doltsopa is now showing colour: The first flowers have appeared on large plants which were planted out in 2010 when they were about four to five years old anyway. Frost is forecast for next week so this may be the last we see of them.
Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa

2018 – CHW
Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Aureomarginatus’ is making a nice show amid the showers. Not a bad ornamental plant for a dark corner. Here it is being enveloped by a podocarpus.
Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Aureomarginatus’
Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Aureomarginatus’
Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Aureomarginatus’
Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Aureomarginatus’
This oak limb quickly cut up and sorted after the gales.
oak limb
oak limb
oak limb
oak limb
The moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded today. The pampas grass on the islands in the lake seems to be floating on the (invisible) islands. Cock pheasants fight each other amid seagulls, ducks and oyster catchers. The swans are up in the water meadows with 200 or so gulls including a few horrid black-backed gulls. Clearly resting inland after the many recent gales. A pity I do not have a lens for taking better distance photos. With no more rain the flood will quickly subside when the tide is out.
moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded
moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded
moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded
moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded
moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded
moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded
moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded
moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded
moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded
moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded
moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded
moors (water meadows) are heavily flooded

2017 – CHW
After the wind a huge array of flowers on the ground below the unnamed Camellia x williamsii outside the front gate. Plenty still on the clump though and many more buds to come. I see that this is now a Tree Register ‘record tree’!
unnamed Camellia x williams
unnamed Camellia x williams
unnamed Camellia x williams
unnamed Camellia x williams
The old Rhododendron mucronulatum clump nearby was however untroubled by the wind or rain and still looks splendid. The best thing in the garden today after ‘Winter Intruder’.
Rhododendron mucronulatum
Rhododendron mucronulatum
Attached is a brief update of the latest UK and Cornish record trees growing at Caerhays. If you want to find more details exact heights and girths please go to their website.

2016 – CHW
The unusual New Zealand Fuchsia exorticatica is more or less full out with its odd and rather hidden green and purple flowers protruding from the stems. A spring flowerer normally.

New Zealand Fuchsia exorticatica
New Zealand Fuchsia exorticatica


2008 – FJW
Continues mild. Front door Nobilissima fully out. Saw first daff. Snowdrops out for Sunday.2001 – FJW
Coldish. South – South East wind but dry for last 5 days.1989 – FJW
Very mild indeed – snowdrops out and mucronulatum excellent.1987 – FJW
Very cold weather persists – 12° F Frost out of the wind. Rhodos look awful and Lapageria.1966 – FJW
Cold spell started.1961 – FJW
Flower open on George Blandford.1959 – FJW
Frost 4°. Easterly gales starting. Snow and ice replaced by rain. Camellias very backward.