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2021 – CHW

Eddington’s nursery was fully stocked with a sale ongoing. COVID has not been kind to them. They have reorganised the nursery a bit and dropped most of their shrub lines. New things seen included:

Two new and good agapanthus – most not yet out:
Agapanthus ‘Ever Sapphire’

Agapanthus ‘Ever Sapphire’
Agapanthus ‘Ever Sapphire’
Agapanthus ‘Lapis Lazuli’
Agapanthus ‘Lapis Lazuli’
Agapanthus ‘Lapis Lazuli’
An excellent Geranium too:
Geranium ‘Azure Rush’
Geranium ‘Azure Rush’
Geranium ‘Azure Rush’
Also Sisyrinchium ‘E K Balls’
Sisyrinchium ‘E K Balls’
Sisyrinchium ‘E K Balls’
Then on to Busy Bee Garden Centre which had less stock in variety than usual but was busy.
Photinia serratifolia ‘Crispy Pink’ was looking very attractive even if much of the pink had faded.
Photinia serratifolia ‘Crispy Pink’
Photinia serratifolia ‘Crispy Pink’
Some good new double flowered Osteospermum:

‘Blackberry Shake’

‘Blackberry Shake’
‘Blackberry Shake’
‘Double Orange Centre’
‘Double Orange Centre’
‘Double Orange Centre’
‘Double Rose’
‘Double Rose’
‘Double Rose’

2020 – CHW
So out of lockdown we go!

Vean, holiday lets all open for business again under all the new rules and, hopefully, full from the outset. Between the two, plus weddings we have lost over £150k of income so far this year plus £30-50k on the café (reopened in part 4th June) and car park and at least £120k on garden visitors, group tours, the shop and events. These are by no means the only estate income losses from COVID but let us look on the bright side and hope to catch up a bit now (all being well).

Wonderful to see the grandchildren here at last after about 18 weeks. Well pre lockdown John & Katie turned back on the M5 one weekend as both children were sick in the car and we have not seen them all since.

Little Beatrice (aged one year and three weeks) crawled to the top of the stairs in the front hall – no problem!

Isla rather liked going in Dad’s ‘tractor’ as she calls it. We visit chicks and find a couple of pheasants’ nests on the lawn – one without a mummy and a snail’s shell with the eggs. Isla concerned at this.

‘tractor’
‘tractor’
Picnic on the lawn with dogs enjoying the romp without them observing the (now) one meter distancing. Tut, tut.
on the lawn
on the lawn
on the lawn
on the lawn
on the lawn
on the lawn
Isla nearly throwing a strop in the Tregavarras cliff fields looking towards the Dodman Point. We saw a large fox on the way there.
Isla
Isla
One forgets quite what mess and chaos two small children can create in a very short space of time and quite how many tantrums per day there are. How the parents coped in 14 weeks of lockdown in Bristol I shudder to think about.

2019 – CHW
Hydrangea seemanii making a fine display over the back arch.

Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
Hydrangea seemanii
The huge flower heads on Meliosma oldhamii are still not actually out although they are so massive that branches are being bent over.
Meliosma oldhamii
Meliosma oldhamii
Meliosma oldhamii
Meliosma oldhamii
This is our original and totally deciduous Magnolia virginiana just out.
Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia yuyuanensis two days further out.
Magnolia yuyuanensis
Magnolia yuyuanensis
Magnolia yuyuanensis
Magnolia yuyuanensis

One of the three magnolias outside the back yard is laden with seed already. The other two which flowered slightly earlier have none.

Magnolia seeds
Magnolia seeds
Magnolia seeds
Magnolia seeds
Tropaeolum ciliatum is growing through a Camellia sasanqua and now full out. Worth Asia trying some cuttings or wait for the seeds which I have not noticed before?
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Now off to the Isle of Wight with a few new gardens to visit over the next two weeks.

2018 – CHW
A trip around Bonython garden after rather too good a lunch!Stipa gigantea inside a water feature. Most effective in this South African themed garden which really works well.
Stipa gigantea
Stipa gigantea
Stipa gigantea
Stipa gigantea
Stipa gigantea
Stipa gigantea
Miscanthus zebrinus as a great contrast to the stipa and other grasses.
Miscanthus zebrinus
Miscanthus zebrinus
Miscanthus zebrinus
Miscanthus zebrinus
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ and Clematis ‘General Sikorski’ is one of those nice but unusual plant combinations of ‘this grows nicely with this’. Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’ likewise with the cornus.
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ and Clematis ‘General Sikorski’
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ and Clematis ‘General Sikorski’
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ and Clematis ‘General Sikorski’
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’ and Clematis ‘General Sikorski’
First flower buds on Japanese anemones contrast nicely too with nearly over nepeta. Clever colour and seasonal matches to continue interest through the summer.
Japanese anemones contrast nicely too with nearly over nepeta
Japanese anemones contrast nicely too with nearly over nepeta
Cynara scotomus ready for picking.
Cynara scotomus
Cynara scotomus
Cynara cardunculus with its purple thistle heads also ripe for the table. Home grown beans for lunch too.
Cynara cardunculus
Cynara cardunculus
Dierama ‘Cosmos’ absolutely superb in a South African planting.
Dierama ‘Cosmos’
Dierama ‘Cosmos’
Aruncus dioecius just going over. We must list this in our catalogue for next year.
Aruncus dioecius
Aruncus dioecius
Ligularia dentata ‘Desdemona’ at its best in semi shade. A carpet of flower and a great weed suppressor.
Ligularia dentata ‘Desdemona’
Ligularia dentata ‘Desdemona’
Juglans nigra with fruit forming very much earlier in the year than I would have expected. The current heatwave has side benefits!
Juglans nigra
Juglans nigra
A garden with every reason to be one of the Great Gardens of Cornwall and much expanded since I last visited three years ago. The new bamboo glade with many little-known species is taking hold. Yes there is a spring section to the garden here but the South African plantings are outstanding June/July and Cornwall has few gardens with an unusual herbaceous element to match this show.

2017 – CHW
A happy day with Paul from Roundabarrow nurseries who are going to graft some odd things for us and try to grow a few of the small trees from cuttings which are easyish to root now but very hard to overwinter. Sadly we are a month too late for the enkianthus cuttings which are too hard.Paul was staggered by Schefflera macrophylla and its amazing orange indumentum on the new growth. No cuttings here sadly unless we cut gashes in the stem by the leaf nodes to encourage side shoots. Much too precious for that!
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
The very late flowering ‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons are just coming out by Georges Hut and on Hovel Cart Road. A great show.
‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons
‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons
‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons
‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons
‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons
‘Harrod Hybrid’ rhododendrons
I have never seen Lomatia ferruginea quite so plastered in flower as this year. The tree is 20ft plus tall and every twig has a cluster of lobster claw flowers.
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Lomatia ferruginea
Ligustrum confusum is a record tree. Rather a fine flowering truss for a privet although most of the flowers are already over. Not a hedging privet!
Ligustrum confusum
Ligustrum confusum
Ligustrum confusum
Ligustrum confusum
Rather splendid new growth on Acer fabri which emerges as a bronzy-red before turning green. This tender plant is evergreen with us. It is tucked away in a small microclimate of its own with shelter on all sides.
Acer fabri
Acer fabri
Acer fabri
Acer fabri
A newly planted Quercus insignis has been wind scorched I think rather than suffering from drought.
Quercus insignis
Quercus insignis
Quercus insignis
Quercus insignis
Lithocarpus variolosus is absolutely plastered in inflorescences. Far more than in any previous years. Perhaps it will now produce some clusters of fertile acorns? Small clusters have formed before but never swollen up.
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Lithocarpus variolosus
Quercus crassifolia seems to be getting away quite nicely.
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
2016 – CHW
Hydrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’ is full out well before the nearby lacecaps and mopheads. Dwarf growing but pretty with blue florets turning pinker later. One of the better and more floriferous serrata forms.Rubus lineatus is growing into an attractive shrub with nice bark developing. This ought to be more widely grown and propagated but I see no raspberries yet or even flowers. The new growth curling over itself is attractive.
Hygrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’
Hygrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’
Hygrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’
Hygrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’
Hygrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’
Hygrangea serrata ‘Shichidanka’
Hydrangea involucrata ‘Viridescens’ has been ringbarked today by the strimmer so this may be the last you see of this rare-ish variety.
Hydrangea involucrata ‘Viridescens’
Hydrangea involucrata ‘Viridescens’
Hydrangea involucrata ‘Viridescens’
Hydrangea involucrata ‘Viridescens’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks Blue’ is just coming out ahead of the pink and white forms. There have been many supposedly ‘new’ hydrangeas in recent years but this one is vigorous and different as well as standing the test of time.
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks Blue’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks Blue’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks Blue’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks Blue’
Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’ is also out early and a good blue. Perhaps the best hydrangea on the drive today.
Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’
Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’
Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’
Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’

2015 – CHW

SOLANUM crispum 'Glasnevin'
SOLANUM crispum ‘Glasnevin’

Next door is a rather fine plant of Solanum crispum ‘Glasnevin’ which Burncoose supplied. The garden had a makeover some 10 years ago when it got trashed during construction of a swimming pool over the boundary.

Despite the heat the village is pleasantly free of ‘yachties’!

1928 – JCW
The best pink discolor is good , the greater part of them have no buds. A fair number of Magnolia parviflora blooms now , some hypoleucas, but no delavayi so far. Some good Harrow hybrids, also Maddeni’s, Eriogynums, Brachycarpum and late pink Azalea.

1926 – JCW
Fortunei Wilson discolor mayerianum would be nice but for the sun and so cross am – maddeni. Papa Goultier, Romneya x American Pillar very good. Brunonis nice.

1912 – JCW
All the late Fortunei of Wilson’s first exhibition have flowered. 835B is best for marking and 887B for size of bloom.

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