I am puzzled by the autumn colours on Stewartia monodelpha in Kennel Close. Three plants are photographed here.
I need quite some persuading that we actually have three plants of the same species and that, perhaps, the first one is true and the other two are not or perhaps the first one is something else and the other two are correct? Stewartia pseudocamellia Koreana group is nearby and totally different. More work with keying these three out next year when they are in flower.
This is the excellent Stewartia henryae which is a cut above the autumn colours of any of the three supposed S. monodelpha above.
2018 – CHW
A new Camellia sasanqua ‘Showa no sakae’ in flower above the Auklandii Garden. Very serrated leaves and a good scent. This came from Stervinou nurseries in France a couple of years ago and is a welcome addition to the 25 or so different forms of Camellia sasanqua which we grow. Tregothnan have the best collection in an avenue along from the main house. Worth a trip to go and have a look if time permitted.
A few autumn colours to look for:
Fine autumn colour as usual on Euonymus elatus. I am a week too late for its best.
Cercis siliquastrum can have wonderful yellow autumn colour but not here today. It catches the west wind too much by Tin Garden.
2015 – CHW
I have just missed the very best of the Acer palmatum ‘Senkaki’ (now ‘Sango kaku’) clump planted in 1913 and now Record Trees. I cannot decide if the spring new growth is more beautiful than the autumn colour. Both are more than impressive but may well soon be blown away.
Pink Saluenensis hybrid in Big Quarry out and also Cam taliensis above Orchid House.
A daff or two shows its nose, much as in 1912.
The best Acers in the Drive near the Cattleshed are very good. A few lapagerias, some Camellia sasanqua. On most of the plants, a fine autumn for colour.
Very few daffs moving. Primula malacoides is nice. Camellia sasanqua a few on the big plant. Cyclamen leaves good, very little flower. Cassia good, lapagerias fair, roses several.
One of the Jonquil King A crosses is up in the Tin Garden. Camellia sasanqua buds have damped off. Papa Gontier remains quite nice. Lapagerias and cyclamen are good.