2019 – CHW
Cotoneaster moupinensis covered in juicy dark black berries. I do not think we have admired this before.
Off to the greenhouses to see what is new here.Styrax japonicus ‘Pink Snowbell’ has the most enormous seed pods for a young plant in a pot and enormous by Styrax standards too. Far from ripe yet but with darkish black colouring coming on the leaves. An attractive combination which I have photographed badly.
Not a good fruiting year for sorbus after the wet summer. This is what I captured on a gloomy, misty day.Sorbus commixta ‘Embley’ by the Top Lodge is the exception.
Trochodendron araliodes has plentiful seed pods in Old Park but they are not yet ripe. Collect in about a month I guess.
2015 – CHWThe very first flowers on Camellia sasanqua ‘Rosea’ outside the front door. I may have failed to find a camellia in flower in August or July this year but I certainly have found a camellia flower or two in July in the past. Which other genus could claim a flower in 11 months of the year?
Magnolias too probably span the full 12 months albeit only in a mild winter if you include Magnolia delavayi and Magnolia grandiflora and, more importantly, all the newer hybrids which do have a second flowering. I have featured these heavily in the past weeks but here is yet another: Magnolia ‘Star Wars’. Unusually this year the second flowering is rather pale as opposed to being much darker than the spring flush.