2023 – CHW
Hornets guarding their nest in a hole in a tree.
I can see a very few ripening white seeds forming on our female Melicytus obovatus. This species has, according to all the reference books, separate male and female plants. There cannot be another plant of this rare species for 10 miles (i.e. at Tregrehan) so why are seed setting? Earlier in the year I photographed just a few yellow flowers (female flowers purple) which I assumed were male. Are the reference books all wrong? Has the plant self-pollenated? Looks like it to me!
I was wrong to say a month ago that the summer drought risk had passed. No rain for three weeks and several young hydrangeas, rhododendrons and azaleas now dead. Rain perhaps on Thursday.Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ nicely out in the nursery.
Secondary flowers on Magnolia ‘Susan’.
Jaimie has attacked some of the worst of the ivies growing up elderly trees in Old Park. This is a never ending battle.
A day to examine the Torreya species which we have that are, hopefully, correctly labelled? These three were planted (one also died) above and below the Enkianthus collection above Hovel Cart Road (nearest the laurel hedge) in 2001.Just above the row of Enkianthus is a Saxegothaea conspicua which is doing well.Above it is Torreya nuncifera which, to my astonishment, had several single plum-like fruits. There are several pictures here to help with confirming the identification for those who know. I do not! We do however offer this plant on the nursery website.
I cannot yet discover if we have Torreya californica planted recently. There are two Torreya on the plan for Kennel Close with no names so we can ‘go compare’ if they are still alive? It turns out that these two are actually Cephalotaxus and not Torreya.
Asia needs to observe these fruits (with their single seeds) as they ripen and turn colour (brown) so that we can try to grow them. Since all species have male and female strobili (flowers) and the plants are growing close together any seedlings may well not be true to one species.We also need to cut the laurel back from these small trees in the winter and the overhanging magnolia above T. taxifolia.
Surprisingly three of Jaimie’s magnolia crosses from the spring have set seed. The paper bags protecting the flowers after pollination are still there. This shows how little magnolias self pollinate and how receptive they are to pollen from other trees. In 10 or so years’ time we may have something new to view but, for now, we are not revealing what the parentage of these crosses actually is. The seed pods have been gathered. Now all we have to do is grow the seeds!
A Cornwall Farmers extraordinary general meeting to approve the new rules of the cooperative. From 4,230 members about 25 turned up and the vote was twelve for, seven against, two abstained. Fortunately we had 67 proxy votes in favour thus achieving the required 75% approval level.
2015 – CHW
Not far off is Tetrapanax papifera. Search the blog database to see how this plant looked in early spring after the winter had broken all but the odd leaf. Is this a record increase in size for any plant? I still do not really like them or it but never mind.