A trip to the greenhouse to see what is new here. I am overwhelmed by the quantities of new things which Asia has propagated and which are looking superb. Production of rarities from seeds and cuttings now at record levels.
Holboellia latifolia var. chartacea has three huge pinkish purple seed pods each of which is nearly half the size of a banana. Two are splitting open to reveal rows of seeds in a pithy white covering. I think this performed similarly last year but it may have been another species of Holboellia. Anyway Asia now has plenty of plants coming on, in time, for the Burncoose website.
The seed heads on Tetradium ruticarpum are still not ripe but they have now turned red.
Flowers again on Salvia boliviana. Extraordinarily pretty and huge (6-8’’ long)!
At last we see the first tiny flower buds ever seen by us on Berberidopsis beckleri. Asia has propagated enough of these now to put it into the 2020 Burncoose catalogue. It may be another month or so before these flowers are fully formed and out on the long, more recent, new growth shoots. These buds suggest the flowers may be similar to Berberidopsis corallina but what will the colour be?
The last flowers on Buddleia limitanea which was given to us by Peter Moore. A mauve flower which fades markedly as it matures to a light mauve-pink. Good white indumentum under the leaves.
Strobilanthes rankanensis was a gift from Hergest Croft Gardens (Lawrence & Elizabeth Banks) and is clearly very rare. Clearly tender too so it must come back inside for the winter. Here are its first few flowers although there are hundreds more still in bud and it is going to be a fine display soon. Strobilanthes come from N. India and Madagascar but I guess this species is from the former. Not in my reference books anyway. Asia has found it easy from cuttings and already has a few small plants.
Vaccinum cylindraceum with its many green seed clusters now turning black and soon ready for Asia to collect. We saw this in full flower in the diary only three months ago. A quick change around.
2018 – CHW
Smoke from the huge bonfire in Dry Walls drifts down the valley and over the pond. We are clear felling an area to replant.
Thinning 20 to 25 year old woodland has been completed in Brownberry Wood. What is left, despite the squirrel damage, has a chance of becoming a decent timber crop in 50 to 60 years’ time.
2017 – CHW
Completing the annual tree survey in Burncoose Garden.
A big limb has cracked off an oak opposite the mist houses. A branch had been pruned out high up years ago and water had seeped into the next branch down. Not too much damage but it frightened the house visitors!
A few big seeds setting on Styrax obassia but not many.
The Cornus florida by the pond colours and curls its leaves for the autumn. Very attractive but no fruits on this 25 year old tree growing in poor soil.
Sorbus pseudobakonyensis fruits on a 10ft tall tree planted six to eight years ago. First time it has fruited outside the nursery I believe.
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’ showing superb autumn colours. It is very fine in new growth too which is where I had thought that the name originated. Not so sure now.
2016 – CHW
The great joy of gardening is to inspect recent new planting and see how well plants are doing.
Tilia mexicana is a species of lime which I had forgotten we even had but look at the growth since planting in 2011. It is a tree already with huge leaves and trailing branches. It only came into the country in 1991 and was collected by Martin Rix. This looks set to be a popular tree even if the botanists one day try to reclassify it as Tilia caroliniana.
Ehretia thyrsiflora was grown from ?Korean arboretum seed and only planted out this spring. It looked vigorous but tender in pots and may yet be but amazing growth this season none the less and a bronze hue to it. Too rare to be in any reference book and we have three more to go out.
This looks like another Xanthoxylum species but the plan needs updating. Horrid prickles but amazingly intricate leaves.
Quercus laurifolia was also planted in 2011 and has done well although I do not really see it as ‘laurel like’ at all. Does not look much like an oak either come to think of it!
The tree which has grown far and away the fastest in this area (25) is a sorbus which I believe is Sorbus scalaris. This is its first and only cluster of fruits this year. Probably the first it has had time to bother with after growing so fast.
Photinia villosa var coreana is even more plastered with fruits than in last year’s pictures. The spreading branches are drooping down with the weight of them.
The first time I have ever seen fruits on Viburnum prunifolium and you can well see why it has this name! A very odd shrub and although, or perhaps because, it looks unhealthy it has a fair crop.
Tilia cordata ‘Winter Orange’ is turning in colour to yellow and its orange new shoots are going from red to orange as they will be soon.
Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’ was planted in 2009 and is romping away erectly as it should. The wind is showing off the undersides of its leaves nicely in the sun.
Sadly this sorbus has no label on the plan. Any suggestions anyone?
Sorbus gonggashanica was introduced in 1981 by Roy Lancaster. This was only planted in the spring but already a few white fruits flushed pink (or nearly / will be soon).
Carpinues japonica is a less well known hornbeam species but clearly hardy and vigorous. This was only planted in 2010. A spreading, flat top to the tree and large leaves.
This is Carpinus rankanensis with a more drooping habit which has grown more slowly since 2010.
The only really sick looking big plant in Areas 23, 26 and 25 is strangely Crataegus laevigata ‘Pauls Scarlet’. Leafless already and covered in white and yellow lichen (bad sign in a young plant) it has plenty of dieback but some this year’s new growth lower down. I fear the stake failed to hold it one winter and some roots got broken.
2015 – CHW
In the rockery are two more dwarf rhododendrons enjoying a second autumn flowering.
Rhododendron ‘Yaku Fairy’ has quite a good show but Rhododendron russatum has just a couple of flowers.