2019 – CHW
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’ (Magnolia globosa x Magnolia virginiana) was scenting the path. The white flowers soon fade to creamy but this is a superb magnolia. Neither of its parents are yet in flower and both grow nearby.
2018 – CHW
Fagus longipetiolata just in leaf with (initially) attractive and large coppery coloured leaves. The upper new growth twigs droop downwards. An excellent ornamental species.
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Colossus’ has a large flower but is really not that different to the normal species or to ‘Pride of Norway’ come to that. We now have about five different named clones of Magnolia sieboldii and none are that special really. Worth their place and flowering over four to six weeks between them though.
Renovation of the old hunt kennels has proceeded apace as well while we have been absent. The new roof is just about finished.Beginning to feel 80% normal after Chelsea. Dizzy spells have passed and the ten ‘thank you’ letters to our sponsors, suppliers and staff for the gold medal all thankfully done for another year. Many pages of handwriting involved.
Looking at the bank outside the front door today the mass of primroses have all vanished as have the massed ranks of bluebells. Instead we have grasses, and in the shade, a nice clump of campion. The key think now is not to cut the grass here until mid July to let the primroses, bluebells and other wild flowers die away and set seed on their own accord. If only the local councils would stop being ‘tidy’ and mowing roadside verges unnecessarily we would have many more wild flowers and more butterflies and insects feeding on them.
Two old original plants of enkianthus in the full shade of Magnolia x veitchii. One is Enkianthus campanulatus var albiflorus and the other Enkianthus campanulatus var campanulatus. I have only two or three more enkianthus in the collection to photograph and then you will have seen nearly all of them.
The towering 1950s Rhododendron falconeri, the last of the big leaf species to flower are just passing their best. Time for some layering here.
An odd and original gaultheria whose name I do not know. The plant died back but has rejuvenated itself. On the way along Rookery Path three rhododendrons in flower:
The double ponticum Rhododendron ‘Fastuosum flore pleno’
Compact yellow Rhododendron ‘Hotei’
A loderi type in great profusion below Rookery Nursery. The plants have collapsed on each other and loderis will not reshoot if cut back so all we can do is enjoy the mess.
Near Green Gate the original evergreen Azalea ‘Caerhays Lavender’ with its peculiar white then yellow new growth contrasting nicely with its light mauve flowers. Caerhays bred but no one knows by whom or with what. Anyway it is properly registered now.
The white malus with the disgusting scent appears to have rot at its base and is half dead beside the cash point. I think it is Malus hupenensis which I collected from Werrington 30 plus years ago as seedlings in the Chinese Garden there. My uncle Rob used to put it in a vase on the breakfast table when annoying relatives came to stay and wait in the corridor for a reaction. There are two similar seedlings at Burncoose.
This elderly azalea outside the back yard is not true to form as Azalea luteum nor is it big enough in flower to be Azalea ‘Klondyke’. Another mystery but rather a nice yellow one. Perhaps ‘Yellow Beauty’?
On the opposite side of the drive Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ is in full new growth mode but STILL there are a few flowers. You could see Cornish Red coming into flower from the front door in January and here we are nearly in June still with a bit of a show. Few plants other than camellias and the odd rhododendron (Rhododendron keysii or Rhododendron lutescens perhaps) could begin to match this.