2023 – CHW
A second visit to Tregothnan with Lord Falmouth to look at their Camellia sasanqua collection. A month earlier in the year than my last visit. Nearly all the plants in the collection were flowering but none were flowering heavily or in profusion (as yet). Ripe seed pods visible on several varieties. The peculiar thing about C. sasanqua flowers is that they seldom sit proud on the plant ready for a photograph. Most are inverted into the plant and half hidden on many. Wasps, flies and butterflies around the flowers amid the showers. This list records the varieties flowering in the collection.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Winter’s Joy’.
First battered flowers on Camellia japonica ‘High Hat’. Very early as usual.
Unusual to find Diospyros lotus with fruit on in the nursery. Our plant in Kennel Close has yet to even flower!
More examples of fungi in the garden which I have tried, rather inexpertly, to name:
Cauliflower fungus or wood cauliflower – Sparassis crispa which is parasitic on the roots of conifers.
Drab drizzly day. Wrote up the care article for Camellia sasanqua and its hybrid crosses.These two Camellia x vernalis ‘Dawn’ (Camellia japonica x Camellia sasanqua) were planted in 1897 either side of a Magnolia halleana (Magnolia stellata today).The first bush pictured was cut to the ground to make way for scaffolding roof repairs a few years ago. It has regrown vigorously as a dense rounded bush which we now keep clipped to give more light in the back corridor. Some irregular white/yellow variegation or virus present.
The Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ which looked so fine recently has split in half in the storms.
2018 – CHW
Last weekend’s gales have left a huge nasty hanging branch on an elderly Pinus radiata below Donkey Shoe. I guess we will have to pull it down with a tractor and rope before the gardens open in February. These old Pinus radiatas disintegrate like this as they near the end of their lives.
Amazingly, and as last year, Paulownia elongata is out in flower again in the autumn. Loads of buds which look like seeds.
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’ has been split asunder into three pieces by the east wind but we have only just noticed. It should shoot again from the small base but will never be a decent shape.
Found the two other small ginkgos! Ginkgo biloba ‘Saratoga’ has narrow leaves and a fairly erect habit although in rather too dark a location to prosper long term. No colour yet.
Took November Pink, 2 seeds of Reticulata Mary Williams and Magnolia Rostrata to Garden Society.
Camellia oleifera out by Engine House. Also are pink hybrid in quarry and a Tea by the Tin Garden.
Cassia good and so solanum, lapagerias and C sasanquas. Roses fair, hydrangeas fair – no frost yet. We are now planting the big plants from Coombe Wood first sale, mainly in the New Planting. Those at Werrington have been in a fortnight.