2023 – CHW
A dead Aesculus hippocastanum at the end of Sinogrande Walk. It, and its already dead colleague, took the initial hit when in leaf in March 2018 and the Beast arrived.
Tom Hudson gave us ripe seeds today at the Great Gardens of Cornwall meeting of:– Meliosma cuneifolia – Maurice Foster’s collection No. MF97137 from Baoxing, Sichuan
– Meliosma cuneifolia – Tom Hudson’s collection No. TH0G97 from Caojiam, Yunnan
Also a plant of Meliosma dentata from Mexico together with a spray of nicely scented flowers as you see here. On our Meliosma day at Tregrehen on 21st July we saw the spikes of flower buds. These have taken 6 weeks to open and they are not fully open yet. The Chinese species are setting seeds while this Mexican species is in flower.
2021 – CHW
The second grass cut of the garden is well underway and perhaps half complete. After a wet July most areas will need a second cut so that the public can view the garden and its wild primroses, garlic, violets and bluebells unencumbered by grass growth next spring. After a much drier August shady areas will not need a second cut but the newly planted and more open areas definitely do.
These two pictures show how the larger rhododendrons have fared since they were moved out from the Rookery Nursery bed in late March. Some watering was necessary in a dry May. They need rain now, as the pictures demonstrate, but plenty of new growth none the less and a good start for these rarer species.
Crataegus schraderiana with its fruits now coloured up.
Hedychium densiflorum ‘Assam Orange’ was a gift from Leslie Baker last year. It is establishing well.
2018 – CHW
This is a discovery! A mature evergreen euonymus species which I had never noticed before and will need to get identified. Can anyone help? One obvious seed pod but none I could see higher up the tree.
Surprising what is still in flower while autumn approaches.Cornus amomum ‘Blue Cloud’ with wonderful autumn colour.
2016 – CHW
Mespilus germanica with a good crop of fruit which is not yet ripe. The tree is putting on secondary new growth after the rain.
2015 – CHW
Outside the front gates Hydrangea aspera ssp robusta (ex Crug) is flowering for the first time. Very late and long after the other aspera villosa group flowers have faded. It looks rather like a white form of Hydrangea sargentiana but now the botanists strike again and Hydrangea sargentiana is now reclassified as Hydrangea aspera subsp. sargentiana. On what basis was this change made I wonder?
Some redcurrant berries on Viburnum betulifolium but the pheasants are demolishing the lot. Supposedly this viburnum species does not fruit at a young age.