A day doing ‘topical tip’ videos with Karol for the Burncoose website.
We looked at this camellia covered in seeds a month ago. I do not think I have ever seen a small bush with so many ripe seeds. On opening though most have no seeds at all in the four chambers and a few had just one. All that effort by the bush with little end result. Very unusual though and quite pretty.
Then on to film collecting rhododendron seed initially on a Rhododendron loderi hybrid. Not all the seed heads have filled out but, those that have, are just starting to turn brown so time to collect them and dry them off indoors where they will split where the ripe seed can be collected in a bag rather than blown in the wind.
On Rhododendron suoilenhense many of the nearly ripe seed pods have already dropped ripe to the ground and only the odd ripe one remains for collecting and drying off indoors. Asia needs to grab what is left quickly if she has not done so already?
Cornus capitata with the flies and wasps enjoying the sweet juicy yellowish pith in the ‘strawberries’ surrounding the individual seeds. It all made a good little video in the sun today. Do not eat them!
2018 – CHW
A new batch of conifers for planting out in Kennel Close. Mainly from Mark Bulk’s nurseries.
Glyptostrobus pensilis ‘Woolly Mammoth’ certainly lives up to its name at this time of the year. A rare swamp cypress from China related to Taxodium.
Syringa emodii ‘Aureovariegata’ still with no sign of autumn. The prominent dark green centres of its leaves persist only on the leaves which are lower down the shrub.
Still plenty of flowers coming on Magnolia grandiflora as usual in November. In a mild winter there are at least some flowers for at least nine months.
2015 – CHW
There was no hurricane here but much of the autumn colour on the drive was indeed blown away in the largely overnight gales. Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ has a few secondary flowers towards the Four in Hand which is not unusual at Christmas but perhaps it is in November.
2002 – FJW
Nov Pink well out and good flowers on Delavayi – wet November.
1988 – FJW
3 flowers on Nov Pink and 4 flowers on wall Mag delavayi – dry autumn.
1962 – FJW
Still very late.
1958 – FJW
Very late year. Picked one near open bud of November Pink, 2 flowers C oleifera and 1 flower Rho thomsonii. Have picked quite a lot of seed on Japonicas and 2 days ago picked seed of C reticulata. No magnolia seed this year – but 3 seeds of cleistocarpa – 1 of these fertile – and a lot on evergreen oak near Auklandii Garden below Falconeri.
1919 – JCW
Pond frozen for five days. The hardest autumn week we have seen for many years. The hydrangeas remain good.
1913 – JCW
Several coums open. Roses good. C sasanqua at Beech Walk in flower. One double white camellia open. Cynoglossum holds on. Lapagerias nice, several heaths. Clematis cirrhosa very good. Hammamelis nice. Iris stylosa open.
1910 – JCW
C sasanqua nice. E hybrida starting to open. Just a coum or two.
1908 – JCW
Iris stylosa good, C sasanqua fair. P megasoefolia late hardly a flower. Cassia good. Heaths have just begun. No coum yet. C neopolitanum nearly out of flowers, a lot of leaf on yet. Dahlias hardly touched.
1902 – JCW
Iris stylosa open, one flower. C sasanqua on the wall at its best. Primula megasoefolia good.
1897 – JCW
F Wilson shows, also Cyclamineus, Horsfieldii, and Nelsoni major, also M Hume and No 100 of 85.