2023 – CHW
First flowers seen on Camellia x williamsii ‘J. C. Williams’. Very high up and not worth photographing. A wet and windy week in prospect although there is precious little autumn colour this year even before these forthcoming gales.
Cornus capitata with ripe fruits, flies and wasps galore.
Sweet chestnuts covered in fruits but the seeds themselves are small this year and mainly not worth attempting to roast.
Visited Burncoose on a drizzly day last Friday.Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ and Camellia x vernalis ‘Yuletide’ are a good combination.
Our staff will return to being on furlough and we will lose the main month of the shooting season with no recompense.
The morning is spent trying to reorganise what is left of the shoot.
History will record this as an especially bad day for the country with yet more bankruptcy, misery and hopelessness. The Covid levels in Cornwall are tiny!
Thick fog and drizzle today where you could scarcely see 100 yards especially in the village.Camellia ‘Noblissima’ has been out by the front door for a couple of days. I need to check how this compares to recent years? About seven flowers full out so far.
The sunlight through the autumn leaves of the champion Acer palmatum ‘Sango-Kaku’ (‘Senkaki’). Quite a spectacle.
Hoheria populnea ‘Alba Variegata’ in full flower but very late in the year. H. populnea was out ages ago. This is a borderline hardy plant with lots of green reversions but, when cut today in a vase, looks fine indoors. Here it is tucked away by Georges Hut. The best show I have ever seen from it as November begins.
Below the tower today with lots to see.Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’ has turned a brownish yellow in this autumn. An odd colour in marked contrast to its spring yellow but attractive all the same.
A prunus is showing up nicely beside it.
What a colour on this hydrangea! Unworldly.
2015 – CHW
A further catch up on some autumn colour at the very top of the garden before I start on the worst job of the year – Christmas cards! (Hundreds.) Since we still have not had a major westerly gale there is more intact than usual.
Maakia hupehensis. Planted in 1991 this tree is now showing excellent bark and although the autumn colour is nearly over you can still get a flavour from the remnants. Maakias are awful plants in the nursery and always look manky in pots and are slow to get away when planted.
Kalopanax septemlobus is a superb yellow with just a few leaves on the ground. Perhaps the best autumn colour of anything in the garden today. Again a 1991 planting to replace a grafted M sargentiana robusta which grew and died here. The kalopanax must be nearly 30 feet tall in 24 years.
1994 – FJW
Flower out on November Pink.
1968 – FJW
Uncle George stated in the middle of the assizes that he would not be mocked.
1966 – FJW
4 flowers out on Nov Pink.
1934 – JCW
Just as in 1930. No real frost yet. Most of the fuchsias hold on.
1930 – JCW
Some good flowers on Magnolia grandiflora. I saw my first flowers of R momenthum yesterday. The fuchsias and the lapagerias remain good.
1926 – JCW
Very little water in the Tin Garden tanks even now. Hydrangeas have come on a little in the moisture. Sasanquas on the Billiard Room have been good but east wind smashed them. Perhaps the best thing in the place is the foliage of Magnolia delavayi.