2023 – CHW
An inspection of newer things in the Tin Garden area.
A 2022 gift of an unnamed Prunus species from Burma (JP184) has interesting secondary new growth.
At Burncoose the other day there was an estate wide water crisis as the estate well had dried up. No water for anyone until it fortunately rained enough that night for the sunken pump to be under water again. I have never seen the Burncoose pond as low as this in 40 years although it is fair to say the nursery pumped out and pinched a lot of pond water when the borehole pump failed in late July. 6-8 feet of water gone and the Gunnera all dead on the island. A pity not to have cleared out the silt and rebuilt the odd cattle damaged wall edge while it was so drained. The well overflows into the pond so all will be restored to normal before long.
AM Magnolia ‘Mr Julian’ (Dad & Philip Tregunna’s cross of many years ago)
FCC Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ (Jaimie’s cross)
FCC Magnolia ‘Margaret Helen’ (New Zealand bred)
FCC Rhododendron ‘Michaels Pride’ (Charlie Michael retired as head gardener in 1955 and I suspect that this had never been exhibited for an award before)The recommendations from the RHS Rhododendron, Camelia and Magnolia Group have to be ratified by the RHS Woody Plant Committee and hence the delay. Few people know what an AM or FCC actually means. The judges take a view on a cut flower show bench exhibit as has always been the case back to the 1800’s (I assume). An Award of Garden Merit follows RHS field trials and means something very different and more important commercially. However, now that RHS shows have thankfully moved out of London for good, the award system is there to encourage plant breeders as it always did.
2021 – CHW
A visit from the Cornwall Fungus Recording Group. Due to petrol shortages only four surveyors made it to Caerhays. They resurveyed Forty Acres Wood where a lot of work was undertaken in 1982.
At that time DISCHLORIDIUM LAEENSE was discovered growing on a Dicksonia antarctica. Hopefully they will re-find this very rare (in the UK) Australasian fungus on our tree ferns. A description of this inconspicuous fungus is attached together with a drawing (2205). Visually not exciting but, in terms of mycology, rather more so.
I thought it time to have a look again at our ilex species collection to see what had berries. To my surprise (and perhaps showing my ignorance) I find more in flower than in berry!Malus x micromalus covered in small yellow fruits. When we saw this in flower earlier this year it was pure white and not pink as Hilliers state it should be (Malus baccata x Malus spectabilis as it was labelled when it came to us in 2005). Well worth Asia growing from seed.
The daffodil bulbs go in at the Tin Garden memorial planting. The varieties included (with breeders names and RHS awards):-
St Agnes – P.D. Williams 1926 AM April 1934
Beryl – P.D. Williams 1907 AM April 1936
Brunswick – P.D. Williams 1931 AM April 1947
California- P.D. Williams 1945
Halvose – P.D. Williams 1927
Lanarth – P.D. Williams 1907 FCC April 1936
Larkelly – P.D. Williams 1930
Nancegollan – M.P. Williams 1937
Parcpat – M.P. Williams 1937
Tresamblé – P.D. Williams 1930 AM May 1958
Jaimie has presented us with a large potful of another Hedychium species to go up on the top bank near the clump of white flowered Hedychium coronarium. This is the yellow flowered Hedychium gardnerianum. So we now have three species growing outside and a tender one in the greenhouse (Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’, H. gardnerianum and H. coronarium). I need to bring over from the nursery Hedychium greenii (red flowers) and Hedychium aurantiacum (orange) to start a collection of these colourful and attractive autumn flowering plants which are easy to grow from seed.
The second and darker old Camellia sasanqua is now coming out.
Hydrangea aspera robusta is at least two months later into flower than Hydrangea aspera villosa or Hydrangea sargentiana varieties. As such rather a gem to propagate.
I have bust the camera so you will have to put up with poor pictures for a bit as the old model is rather inferior. On the day I saw the first single pink Camellia sasanqua out by the front door Karol photographed Camellia [Karol to add] full out in the greenhouse. I now need to see how this compares to other years as a date for the first camellia flower?
At last Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’ is out after weeks of waiting impatiently. A wonderful drooping canopy of flowers so late in the season. Hillier’s says mid to late summer flowering!
Nearby is Hoheria sextylosa with a much more erect habit. The flowers are larger on the newer growth where a branch got hit by a tree and has then reshot than on the top of the tree.