Grass cutting nearly finished in Old Park.
Another set of fungi in Old Park to try to identify in my new book. Perhaps Hydropus floccipes.
Clethra pringleyi nicely out in the nursery.
Clethra tomentosa ‘Cottondale’ making a good show. Larger flowers than the one in the garden here.
Vitex agnus castus just out. Our large plant near Slip Rail has still to show.
Acer campestre ‘Evenly Red’ showing autumn colour of no great note as yet.
Callicarpa kwangtungensis in full flower.
Sycoparrotia ‘Purple Haze’ just turning.
Diospyros lotus laden with fruit in a pot in the nursery. I have not seen this before.
Oxydendrum arboreum now out in flower. Slow to come out from when we last saw it.
Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wisley Bonfire’ with great colour already and may drop soon in pots.
Weinmannia trichosperma in flower in the show tunnel. I think it normally flowers in the spring. I have seen it out at Tregothnan in May. It may actually be Weinmannia racemosa?
Sorbaria sorbifolia flowering late in the show tunnel.
2019 – CHW
Another Sorbus gonggashanica in Kennel Close with more developed and larger fruits than the one we looked at a week or so ago.
More pottering about in Kennel Close.Aesculus woerlitzensis has a few seed/conker pods swelling away. Asia may have grown some from seed last year.
Seed hunting in Kennel Close.Second flowers on Magnolia ‘Yakeo’. This seems to be normal as we have three youngish plants all flowering again hard!
We travel to look at magnolias in Old Park and Forty Acres and are in for a few nice surprises: Magnolia sieboldii still has tail end flowers although there are seed pods set and turning a ripe pink on the same young plant. Extraordinary.
Two young clumps of Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’ have secondary autumn flowers which are sparse but still attractive albeit a much paler colour than in the spring. This brings our tally of second time flowering rhodos to four with plenty of time for more.
A good crop of seeds on Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’ which are worth harvesting since the plant grows alongside a nice clump of wild form Camellia reticulatas (?1931 planting) one of which is as near red as any I have seen. I have an article on Burncoose about propagating Camellia seeds.
1991 – FJW
All harvest in – yield as good as we have ever had.
1989 – FJW
Still very very dry and no rain forecast. Bad weather has come from north over Scotland and peetered out.
1978 – FJW
All grain in – yield good.
1968 – FJW
All grain in.
1967 – FJW
Charles had first shots with airgun at a tin – 2 hits / 3.
1964 – FJW
Definite signs of drought – young firs (1 by Green Gate, 1 Penvergate) seem dead. Leaf ripped off magnolias – Soulangeana Penvergate (furthest plant) has many flowers.