One of our two Laburnocytisus adamii has blown out of the ground in last Friday night’s gale. Totally uprooted.
Photinia beuvardiana var. notabilis is now more or less ripe all over the tree. What a show. This is another new entry on the Burncoose website and Asia needs to collect and grow more of this splendid species.
An oak branch has hit our little new row of Camellia x williamsii ‘Les Jury’ taking out at least one of them. Planted last spring.
The gales have stripped the bark off a yew which we pollarded in the Isla Rose Plantation. It died and so did the two roses which we hoped to grow up it in the dry summer.
A fine Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Atropurpureum’ which I planted exactly where a larger old plant died some 30 years ago. My mother cut it down, dried it off and used it as a Christmas decoration all sprayed white. This one will hopefully have decade or two to go like this before it suffers a similar end.
2018 – CHW
A new batch of plants from Stervinou nurseries. Camellias and Polyspora mainly. Most are large enough to plant out immediately.
A large wasps nest appears to have fallen from an old beech tree.
Another fine autumn show from an Acer palmatum dissectum ‘Atropurpureum’.
A clump of three Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Wallaby’ in which two exhibit very different autumn colours. One is bright yellow while the smaller ‘runty’ plant has a reddish hue. Unusual or is one dying?
2017 – CHW
The clump of Rhododendron maddenii at Donkey Shoe had to be cut back as some branches had died off. Several layers moved elsewhere in the process which was unexpected.
Acer kawakamii (caudatifolium) is rotten at its base beside the drive. This fungal infection of the main stems is now a major threat to snake bark maples with several casualties here and at Burncoose.
Last few flowers on Hypericum lancasteri.
Unlike last year, loads of berries on Cotoneaster franchetti.
2016 – CHW
The darker pink original Camellia sasanqua is now full out.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’ is also out in a large clay pot by the front door. Actually only one of the two here is out.
Camellia japonica ‘Noblissima’ now has two flowers out and one bud showing colour by the front door.
2015 – CHW
Below Slip Rail I find a nice surprise. Eriobotrya deflexa has enjoyed the warm and then wet summer and has produced a secondary flush of bright brownish red new growth every bit as good as the spring new growth. Perhaps flowers and fruit next year which I have never seen on this species. Eriobotrya japonica has fruited at Burncoose in the lower walled garden but the tiny oranges were never quite edible.
I had forgotten that we actually had Lindera triloba but here it is below Slip Rail exhibiting exceptional yellow autumn colour with next spring’s flower buds clearly in evidence. At the recent Garden Society dinner Rupert Eley compared this to Lindera obtusiloba and the variable leaves are clearly easily confused. However our two original Lindera obtusiloba have a rather different growth habit so I firmly believe we have both species.
What I think is Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Pink Champagne’ has pink tinged fruits which were yellow when we last looked at this and probably then assumed the wrong name. It is also known as a x watereri variety. Help needed please? It is clearly a large spreading evergreen tree but all the others I have seen elsewhere have had red berries.
A picture to add to the styrax collection of Styrax japonicus ‘Emerald Pagoda’ growing below The Pound. It has much larger leaves than pure Styrax japonicus and was collected in South Korea in 1985. No flowers have been seen on this one yet.
Just above it is a good tree of Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ which has narrow lobed leaves and is turning colour nicely allover. The book says orange and yellow colours but it looks more mixed than this to me. The original plant put here was pinched after planting. My father took Lord Falmouth to view it one day years ago and, to much merriment, the wire surround was empty! (Merriment from Lord Falmouth anyway.)
1917 – JCW
The C sasanquas have begun to open. Several bits of Oreotrephes showing flowers with perhaps a dozen other species.(Hand written note attached to garden page)