More pictures of Ross and his clearance of the valley / river bottoms under Manassick, Sentries and Parnalls Hill. Posterity may enjoy how it looks today.
During a recent wildflower survey Salix triandra was identified here. I fear it is no more in this particular location but seed will probably germinate. This is the almond-leaved willow which is a UK native tree cultivated for basket making. The ‘withy moor’ further up the valley also has this species.
2020 – CHW
Dead elms removed from the roadside below Rescassa as requested by the county council.
Daphniphyllum paxianum BSWJ9755
Escallonia myrtilloides BSWJ14329
Hydrangea angustipetala f. macrosepala CWJ 12441 x 3
Hydrangea aspera kawakamii Formosa BSWJ7025 x 3
Hydrangea heteromalla from Vietnam HWJ938
Hydrangea longipes v. fulvescens BWJ8188 x 3
Hydrangea serrata Crug Cobalt BSWJ6241a x 3
Ilex gagnepainiana FMWJ 13168
Lindera neesiana BSWJ13983
Oreopanax mutisianus BSWJ14912
Oreopanax sectifolius BSWJ14355
Parastyrax sp. nova BWJ15185
Paulownia taiwaniana BSWJ7134
Photinia serratifolia v. ardisifolia NMWJ14513
Rhodoleia aff. Henry (DJHV0640 or BSWJ11782-two labels on a plant)
Rhodoleia parvipetala FMWJ13422
Schefflera gracilis HWJ622
Stachyurus macrocarpus BSWJ14678
Staphylea bumalda BSWJ11053
Strobilanthes flexicaulis BSWJ354
Ternstroemia gymnanthera BSWJ12948
Ternstroemia aff. chapaensis WWJ11918
Viburnum parvifolium BSWJ6768
x Didrangea Ytiensis BSWJ11790Also the list of plants bought from Nick Lock:
Frangula alnus ‘Aspleniifolia’
Tom gave us a Deutzia longifolia.
The pile of plants to go out into Old Park today.
Philadelphus and deutzia species go out on the bank below White Styles field. This will cheer up the visitor route to Old Park later in the year.
One always forgets that Elaeagnus x ebbingei flowers in the autumn and produces orange seeds in the spring. There is a big clump above the fernery flowering away nicely at present. The flowers are very fragrant.
A morning gathering seeds and evergreen cuttings here this Monday for propagation for the nursery by a third party specialist propagator. We cannot grow everything ourselves and many rarities are so difficult to propagate that it is best to have more than one person trying. The add-on benefit is that we may get new replacement plants for some of our aging rarities. Perhaps the most important thing overall! Fifty separate sets of seeds and cuttings were gathered by four of us in three hours with a careful route plan.The first ancient single pale pink Camellia sasanqua has sprung open in a bit of drizzle. I looked only two days ago. About three weeks earlier than last year but about on par with the norm over 20 years. The other old sasanquas are a bit later especially the smaller flowered darker pink one. The camellia season is starting all over again. Marvellous!
You do not very often see Euonymus japonicus growing in Cornish hedgerows but here a bush full of seed pods which are turning red nicely but no colour on the leaves yet.
We have all missed the first flowering at Caerhays of another new clethra species. Clethra monostachya has leaves similar to Clethra delavayi but a different growth habit or so it appears so far.
2015 – CHW
Cornus kousa ‘Gloria Birkett’ had the best and largest red fruits on any cornus in the garden last year. They are hanging in profusion and swelling but not turning red just yet. I wonder why this exceptional variety is not more widely available?