Colin French has sorted the muddle over what I thought was Allium trifoliatum outside the front gates here. I did actually notice this growing at Burncoose as well this week opposite the mist houses in the main bluebell patch. Sixty-seven recordings of this plant in Cornwall since 2000 and circa 100 pre 1999. I went to get more photographs of what we now know is Ornithogalum umbellatum subsp. campestre but flowering had already finished (seven to ten days) and the plants had vanished for another year.
Also attached are Colin’s photographs of ‘bugloss’ (Lycopsis arvensis) in the Porthluney car park and his notes:
It is Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum subsp. campestre). It was once grown by the horticultural industry in Cornwall for cut flowers and is sometimes found as a relic of cultivation in fields and is occasionally found as a garden escape. I did not find it growing anywhere in and around Caerhays myself, so would to know where it was growing (outside which front gate?) so I can make a record of it on the database.
I have finished the first part of the survey and will return again in August. Once nice find I had was of Bugloss (Lycopsis arvensis) which is growing at the back of the beach car park (at SW97444140) – the car park with the cafe. There were two plants flowering yesterday. It is quite rare in Cornwall and is one of those plants that is a joy to find.
I am fairly certain that I saw this growing on the hedge by the Lookout last year but probably misidentified it or ignored it as I had no idea what it was.
Deutzia subulata in full flower now on the bank above the path down to White Stiles field. Right next to Deutzia pulchra which is not yet out. Both were gifts from Roy Lancaster. A small but now substantial species of great beauty with its pink buds and white flowers. Planted here in 2007.
First flowers ever here on Pomaderis elliptica planted last autumn above Higher Quarry Nursery (the proper name may be Pomaderis apetala?). Anyway a large evergreen New Zealand shrub. Hilliers say it needs a warm, sunny, sheltered position or a conservatory. We will see! It is actually in shelter and dappled shade. Frankly not that exciting as yet! Proving, yet again, that rarity and dullness so often go together.
The ancient Rhododendron floccigerum still has a single flower but the fallen plant has been comprehensively layered to ensure its survival. This is the way to preserve old rhodo relics like this.
The original 90+ year old Magnolia (Manglietia) insignis full of bud with the first flower out today.
A disaster! I had thought that the 60 to 70 year old Magnolia dawsoniana (seedling but true to name) outside the front gates had merely had its new growth and early leaves frosted. Now I fear it is dying. The second tree, of a similar age, has grown through the frost and leafed up opposite on the other side of the drive. Perhaps it will be strong enough to produce secondary growth with dieback or perhaps it is a victim of the second (February) ‘Beast from the East’?
2020 – CHW
A walk around Old Park in the burning heat.
Deutzia pulchra just coming out with its racemes of lily of the valley flowers. This is a large shrub which is already 10ft or so on a bank with drooping branches.
Yesterday’s excitement was the rare plant sale at Tregrehan. Fifteen or so nurseries and say 600 enthusiasts who were barred from entry before 9.40. We took 150 plants from Burncoose and sold 75-80% of them.These were our ‘three’ sales tables at the start.
2018 – CHW
Planning an additional new greenhouse for Asia and so to an inspection of the new plants to go out next spring.
Schizophragma hydrangeoides on the top wall is really quite a show today. Planted 20 or more years ago in full sun and exposed to cold winds and salty gales it has been slow to develop as well as this.
The objective today was to photograph some of the very last deciduous azaleas to come out. The colours are unspectacular compared to what has come earlier and is now over but, planted on the drive as they are, a nice display of late flowers for the visitors. I have always assumed they were old Rhododendron occidentale hybrids planted by JC.Every year for decades a certain specific caterpillar eats all the new growth on this walnut in the field. It produces a second set of leaf later which accounts for its stunted habit. I wonder which moth (or butterfly) does the damage? Years ago we had a birch species in the Rookery which was similarly and quite specifically defoliated in spring by caterpillars.
Magnolia ‘Coral Pink’ is fairly horrid beside Georges Hut. Only two small flowers this year in its second flowering season. Beatrice is examining the Quercus cleistocarpa alongside although we all agree it is now a lithocarpus and not a quercus.
Late back from Belvoir and a wander to see what I have missed in flower as things go over so quickly when the weather is hot.A new clump of Rhododendron ‘Fabia’ is looking fine but I remember ‘Fabia’ as a darker colour and more reddish. On looking it up we now have Fabia Group. This lot look like ‘Fabia Waterer’ (dichroanthum x griersonianum).
Even more younger Enkianthus have produced late flowers: Enkianthus campanulatus var palibini – this one looks similar but not identical to three other sets in the garden and quite a bit darker than the one on our stand at Chelsea which had been given pre-Chelsea shade treatment of course.
Enkianthus deflexus – only one of a three year old clump of three plants has flowers but what whoppers they are! A justification at last for my firm contention that this species is one of the best (Enkianthus hirtinervus excepted). I have bought sets of this from Glendoick more recently and believe these were of Esvelt origin. If you were only to grow one species it would not be Enkianthus campanulatus.
Then another new Magnolia x wiesneri by Slip Rails flowering for the first time. Rather more bud than on the plants on our Chelsea stand (Magnolia obovata x Magnolia sieboldii). Of the nine new clumps of Ghent Azaleas in Kennel Close I have missed three in a week but here are three more to add to the three photographed a fortnight ago as they came out.
The contrast with the larger and blousier flowered Exbury and Knaphill hybrids is considerable. Their compact habit and complex covering of flowers over the leaves and branches is striking and much in their favour. I am delighted to have found something radically different for this new area of garden which should be around for many years.
We should now spray out areas for planting big groups of more unusual evergreen azaleas here next year or is it still too hot here for them? We will need to grow them on into 5 or even 10 litre pots before putting them out.
1989 – FJW
A really good soak after a very dry 6 weeks – weather coming from north.
1927 – JCW
Cornish Loderi is at its best and in shade is very good, marked the best for Lanarth near the cable. A Calendulaceum is very good and I cleared some big ones in the Drive – Magnolia parviflora has flowers to come yet. Paeonies over nearly but have been nice.