Camellia sasanqua ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ just out above the greenhouse by Orchid House Nursery.
Callicarpa dichotoma coming into flower in the Isla Rose Plantation. Odd that this species is flowering just when the others seen recently are fruiting. This group have grown well two and a half years on from planting.
Attached here is a long missive from Susyn Andrews about the renaming of Symplocos aff. sumuntia which was previously thought to be Symplocus glomerata. The map shows the location of all Symplocos species in the garden here.
2018 – CHW
Magnolia kobus ‘Octopus’ has a few seed capsules with just a couple of ripening seeds in each.
Magnolia ‘Atlas’ x ‘Vulcan’ has one chubby seed pod.
Cornus alternifolia with attractive reddish-black autumn colour.
2017 – CHW
First flowers out on Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’.
Excellent red autumn colour on Rhododendron cumberlandense.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Snowman’ just out as well. A good covering of flower this year but the other three varieties alongside are not showing yet.
2016 – CHW
Jaimie took this picture of the last flowers on a plant of Indigofera yunnanense [Paul Bonavia has pointed out that this is in fact NOT an Indigofera but Desmodium praestans] growing above Hovel Cart Road. A rather more decisive colour than other Indigofera varieties which can be rather pale and insipid. We looked at another new species in the greenhouse recently (Indigofera howellii).
Bergenia ‘Sunningdale’ flowering absurdly early on the lawn by the tower with full leaf still on the plant. The flower is actually almost over.
Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Geisha Girl’ has, for the first time, small round yellow quinces which are already starting to drop. They are well hidden in the low growing shrub and not yet smelling unpleasant.
Symphoricarpos albus has clusters of white ‘snowberries’ on the lawn although in full shade here. My mother made us dig these up as children but quite a clump has survived her efforts.
2015 – CHWSome flowers today! On Burns Bank Camellia sasanqua ‘Winter Snowman’ has sprung out in a week from when I last passed by. One of nine different sasanquas planted here in 1999 this is the only one showing. By sasanqua standards a very large double flower.
Schima wallichii (or perhaps it is Schima khasiana?) is about to become the best thing in the garden. I have planted several species including Schima argentea and do not see that much difference in the three species which are supposedly identifiable. This is an older ?1950s plant which most probably came from Trewithen gardens originally. Their huge clump will be a sight soon and set seed which ours never have to my knowledge.
1994 – FJW
Dry spell came to an end.
1931 – JCW
Poor lot of rhodo’n flower bud. Fuchsia, lapagerias, hydrangea are all our flowers except cyclamen.
1925 – JCW
Clematis cirrhosa a few flowers. C panniculata is excellent. Delavayi and Decorum good. Haematodes also good and one Maddeni in the 40 Acres. Cyclamen are going back. A great set of flower bud on most rhodo’s. Roses nice, one bed renewed after 15-20 years. Shall put in General McArthur.
1908 – JCW
Clematis cirrhosa is very good.