Hydrangea aspera var. robusta full out in September as usual long after the other aspera varieties are well over.
Jaimie’s team have cut down the laurels and some old Camellia reticulata seedlings in the area where we will shortly fell the splitting beech tree and a few other elderly beeches.
Acanthopanax aff. sessiliflorus with its peculiar seed heads which Asia might soon collect. Some clusters are still half green.
Sorbus commixta aff. var. sachalinensis (BSWJ 10958) has a new label which Karol & Asia have got on the wrong tree. This is not Sorbus caloneura which has brown fruits rather than the red ones featured here.
Quercus laurifolia with late new growth which is still reddish. We used to have a record tree of this oak species so good to see a replacement doing well.
2018 – CHW
The annual tree survey at Burncoose this Thursday to try to protect visitors from potential dead or falling trees.
Rhododendron ‘Blue Tit’ by the pond covered in secondary flowers.
Presenting the cheques after the Caerhays fete which was held on 18th June. We distributed £8,000 to the Caerhays church and local charities.
Here £1,500 towards the St Austell Scouts’ new toilet block – Cyril (right) used to be the Caerhays postman.
The Great Gardens of Cornwall members meet at Trewithen to plan the 25 year celebrations of its founding next spring. The new book is all written and soon off to China to be printed (3,000) copies. The first meeting 25 years ago was on Tresco with a youthful Tim Smit, Philip Macmillan-Browse and John Nelson (Heligan), Tony Hibbert (Trebah), Mike Nelhams (Tresco) and James Humphreys (Trewithen) present. Of these only James will be in both photographs for the book as Mike did not turn up today and Tim Smit is now rather too important to come to a small meeting such as this. Nevertheless a little piece of Cornish gardening history. Here are a few pictures of the current Great Gardens members in the walled garden at Trewithen after the meeting. You will have to wait to see the formal picture.
2015 – CHW
Catalpa bignonoides with flowers just going over. This tree was rescued from my grandmother’s garden at Muskoka in St Mawes when it got too large. Surprisingly it moved quite readily but it has become a hopeless tree with branches constantly breaking off as you can see.
The fruits on the cornus are starting to ripen as you can see here in Cornus kousa but are still some way off. The squirrels adore Cornus kousa chinensis fruits most as they have the largest and presumably sweetest ‘strawberries’ of all. However other Cornus kousa varieties do have large fruits too of various colours as we will see shortly.