2021 – CHW
Steve Dance stopped in Leedstown to photograph this extraordinarily large Datura sanguinea growing outside in someone’s garden. Leedstown is on top of a hill at the edge of the Lizard Peninsula but still clearly mild enough for this conservatory plant to do exceptionally well.
Pouring concrete onto the base of the new covered area by the main packing shed at Burncoose.
After seeing the video about Camellia sasanqua at Caerhays, Owen Johnson sends this message:
Charles might be interested in two tree-sized Camellia sasanqua at Saumarez Park on Guernsey (now a public park). In September 2006 I was shown round by the island’s tree-measurer Robin Waterman who told me they were ‘Narumigata’ – I seem to remember flowers on them already – and had been described as ‘good, big bushes’ in 1903. Perhaps they came from the local Caledonia Nursery which operated from the 1850s, rather than via Veitch. (Unfortunately I don’t have Robin’s email for quickly checking his source with him.) But Saumarez Park isn’t quite in England anyway!
Hoping to find out more about this nursery in this regard and that maybe, it might make a connection with the large plant of this variety that Caroline tells me is at Caerhays, Charles. Here are pictures of the elderly Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ growing here on the top wall above the front door.
Jaimie caught this picture of Cornus controversa with the last of its full yellow autumn display. This is a self-sown seedling of the nearby elderly Cornus which we had believed was Cornus bretschneideri but Hillier’s recently disputed this and said it was C. controversa when we supplied them with another self-sown seedling. I remain a little unconvinced. All blown away now anyway.
Horror of horrors the Magnolia campbellii seedling below the main path is bursting into flower. Frost today so that will be the end of the flowers. After the ‘Beast from the East’ one might have hoped that they had learnt their lesson about flowering early! It has not been that mild an autumn by recent standards with a few frosty snaps and the recent blast of easterly winds. Hopefully no more magnolias will try to jump the gun. On reflection perhaps this is some sort of record?
It is amazing how a blue hydrangea can turn and fade into such extraordinary dark colour. Mainly dark red but with some greens. Three blue flowers still remain at the top of the bush.
Off to check autumn colour on the main styrax species planting which proved to be a dead loss as most are still entirely green today.Styrax formosanus var formosanus is just turning yellow and the seeds are now ripe and starting to fall.
2015 – CHWFuchsias still in full leaf and flower beside the gents’ loo.
1998 – FJW
Many flowers on Camellia November Pink – very wet year continues – heavy rain but worse in Wales.
1971 – FJW
First November Pink in house. Leaf still on Beech Walk oaks. A very dry autumn.
1916 – JCW
Erica hybrida and Erica codonodes are opening. C sasanqua is fair. Have picked a good deal of rhodo and azalea seed but some is not ripe yet such as Mrs J.C. Williams and Azalea viscosum, just the worst weeks for rhodo flowers.