4th September

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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.

Sorbus gonggashanica
Sorbus gonggashanica
Sorbus gonggashanica
Sorbus gonggashanica
Crataegus schraderiana with a few fruits more in the lee of the wind than in the face of it where the flowers were probably damaged in the spring. I have spent quite some time trying to find this plant recently as it is not with the rest of the Crataegus species in the new collection. About 5-6ft tall now with perhaps 30 to 40 fruits which are still far from ripe. I had a response in the diary a year ago from someone wanting to know about the fruits which I need to look up and now respond to. The leaves are downy and grey green. This species comes from Greece and the Crimea.
Crataegus schraderiana
Crataegus schraderiana
Crataegus schraderiana
Crataegus schraderiana
Crataegus schraderiana
Crataegus schraderiana
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’ is one of the most regular second flowerers of any magnolia but the slugs have not helped.
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Aesculus woerlitzensis with just a few conkers. Asia propagated some of them last year when there was a bigger crop. Single conkers usually; occasionally doubles.
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Acer campestre ‘Elsrijk’ is suckering hard from the roots but is making a fine tree. Planted in 2009 this Dutch named selection makes a conical feature tree as it is here.
Acer campestre ‘Elsrijk’
Acer campestre ‘Elsrijk’
Acer campestre ‘Elsrijk’
Acer campestre ‘Elsrijk’
Two Camellia ‘Adolphe Audusson’ with plenty of seeds just below Tin Garden. Worth Asia trying these as we might conceivably get a new hybrid from them.
Camellia ‘Adolphe Audusson’
Camellia ‘Adolphe Audusson’
Camellia ‘Adolphe Audusson’
Camellia ‘Adolphe Audusson’
Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’ still has just a few decent flowers left.
Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’
Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’
An even better secondary show on another clump of Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’.
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’
Viburnum rhytidophyllum now nearly full out but no butterflies feeding yet.
Viburnum rhytidophyllum
Viburnum rhytidophyllum
Viburnum rhytidophyllum
Viburnum rhytidophyllum

2018 – CHW
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.

Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
In a year when there are almost no magnolia seeds after The Beast a surprising find on a young Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’. Note ripe yet by any means.
Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’
Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’
Aesculus californica also has a few smallish seed pods as it did last year. For Asia to observe and collect when ripe.
Aesculus californica
Aesculus californica
Aesculus californica
Aesculus californica
Crataegus ellwangeriana ‘Fire Ball’ with just a few fruits. The only one of our six new Crataegus species to fruit this year. Same reason as the magnolias!
Crataegus ellwangeriana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus ellwangeriana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus ellwangeriana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus ellwangeriana ‘Fire Ball’
Quercus mongolica has late new growth with smallish leaves while the older ones are huge in immaturity.
Quercus mongolica
Quercus mongolica
See how pathetic these Gunnera are after the drought albeit self-sown on a dry bank with no shade or water. Last year the leaves were 4-6ft tall.
Gunnera
Gunnera

2017 – CHW
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!
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Sorbus gonggashonica with berries. We may have seen the first seeds last year? What a name!
Sorbus gonggashonica
Sorbus gonggashonica
Sorbus gonggashonica
Sorbus gonggashonica
Sorbus commixta aff. var. sachalinensis with bright red-orange berries hidden within the tree. Only 10 years from planting.
Sorbus commixta aff. var. sachalinensis
Sorbus commixta aff. var. sachalinensis
Sorbus commixta aff. var. sachalinensis
Sorbus commixta aff. var. sachalinensis
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’ with its first berries. The only one of the half dozen new species of crataegus to produce berries since planted two years ago.
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’
Crataegus schraderiana ‘Fire Ball’
Sorbus japonica with fruits forming amid the silvery leaves. Odd colour to the fruit but I expect it will change although most leaves have already fallen.
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus unknown on planting plan. Seems familiar in leaf form?
Sorbus unknown
Sorbus unknown
Sorbus unknown
Sorbus unknown
Sorbus unknown
Sorbus unknown
Aesculus woerlitzensis with conkers nearly all in pairs only at the top of the old flower stalks. Well worth Asia collecting in a couple of weeks. Oddly shaped and coloured too. I am not sure if I got pictures of this new species (to us) in flower? Slow growing but seeding at a very young age. Very rare and not in Hillier’s.
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis

2016 – CHW
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.
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Two zanthoxylum species with an attractive display of fruit. The smaller one may be Zanthoxylum simulans. Horrid prickles.
zanthoxylum species
zanthoxylum species
zanthoxylum species
zanthoxylum species
zanthoxylum species
zanthoxylum species
Tilia henryana just coming out in Penvergate. Plastered in flower. However the plant on the drive has none this year.
Tilia henryana
Tilia henryana
Tilia henryana
Tilia henryana
Stewartia pteropetiolata covered in seedpods alongside a fine Stewartia rostrata which was covered too.
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Magnolia officionalis biloba, which flowers in March, has several small secondary reddish flowers alongside one huge seedpod. I have never seen secondary flowering on this species before.
Magnolia officionalis biloba
Magnolia officionalis biloba
Magnolia officionalis biloba
Magnolia officionalis biloba
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’ has many pleasant secondary yellow flowers on its new growth. Some seem larger than the spring ones in size. Again a first for me. Alongside the elderly Magnolia soulangeanas here have plenty of secondary flowers but this is normal!
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’
2015 – CHW
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.
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’

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. 

Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’
Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’
Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’
Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’

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.

4 thoughts on “4th September

  1. Hi there, I was wondering what has been your experience with the Crataegus schraderiana fruit? Does it taste good? I Live in Australia and would like to buy some seeds if possible.
    Thank you

    1. Marcus

      Sadly after our drought summer there are no fruits this year on C. schraderiana.

      It is a young plant which only had its first few fruits last autumn.

      I will try to remember next year!

      Charles

      1. Hi Charles,
        Thanks for your reply. Wishing that you all get some relief from your summer heat. We’ve had some issues with drought down here too, there has been extended drought in much of the East and it has been quite hard on many of our farmers.
        All the best,
        Marcus

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