2019 – CHW
Will Caws brought in a leaf and fruit to Rope Walk today asking what it was. It was a fully ripe fruit of Eriobotrya japonica which had probably formed last autumn and survived the mild winter to be ripe today after a long dry spell. The only time we found fully ripe fruit on the Burncoose tree was five to six years ago in late October after a late warm summer.
By coincidence Michael sent me pictures of E. japonica fruiting in his garden at Caerhays as well today. The pictures show shrivelled fruits as well so I guess this one is also an overwintered survivor.
While I have been away Jaimie has been keeping me updated with news at home.Clematis uncinata has grown right through a tall Camellia sasanqua and up the castle wall behind it. It is now in flower and very nice it is too. The seeds were given to us by Peter Moore who probably collected them originally in the wild.
A trip to Osborne House by East Cowes to photograph the herbaceous planting combinations in their huge walled garden. Constantly trying to avoid numerous busloads of small children with their irritable teachers all over the gardens.Achillea filipendula and asparagus setting seed was a novelty combination indeed. You will see the rest which I took on our website soon.
2017 – CHW
Another clump of Rhododendron ‘Harrow Hybrids’ on Hovel Cart Road is nearly over with petals strewn around on the ground. Slightly darker red than the one on the drive when first out but fading pinker.
Nick Macer from Pan-Global Plants arrives for a tour. We had not met but Jaimie had showed him around before. He trained at Wakehurst.Mahonia oiwakensis has a delicate reddish bronze hue to its new growth and Nick is a mahonia lover. Sadly I am not!
2015 – CHW
The oldest plants of Hydrangea sargentiana remain alive, just, in the Auklandii Garden but have long since died out near Rookery Gate and Donkey Shoe. They live longer in shade. This group was planted in 2008 and already has plenty of flower although smaller and more compact than I remember the originals. Next to it is Viburnum betulifolium now full out three or more weeks after I photographed the bud. This too was planted in 2008. The best clump at Trewithen is grown up a wooden trellis which displays its berries to best effect in the winter.
Amazing how plants have moved on in a fortnight. Good to be back! The wonderful Roy Lancaster introduced climbing rose species is nearly over on the front arch. I have no idea of a name? The hips are even more impressive than the flowers.
2002 – FJW
First hot day of the summer.
1980 – FJW
Wet summer. Flowers on 3 Camellias – Midsummer’s Day, Konron Jura and one in ‘White Piece’.
1919 – JCW
Plagianthus lyalii is just opening, R brunonis is good. Escallonia pteroclaydon is fair. L giganteums are going over. The Romneya is coming on.
1918 – JCW
Plagianthus lyalii is very good indeed. There is very little else, and a fine lot of rain after a very dry bout.
1915 – JCW
Two years old stuff all out of their pans. Plagianthus lyalii did half the D and L’s. Yesterday, not really open. Buddleias have hardly opened. R r remains poor, too damp. Mitraria fair. Very little in the hard wood way about.
1898 – JCW
No real start in [bamboo] Nitida yet. Many seedlings planted in the new ground, say one third. Everlasting peas open. Put in from 207 to 218, new things of E’s.
1897 – JCW
Nitida has lately started to grow properly. All Engelhart’s bulbs are planted. I speciosum at its best.