2017 – CHW
Hard pruning of the Magnolia delavayi plants below the castle is taking place. It looks drastic and it is intended to be! These elderly plants regrow over the top of the wall at such speed that they obscure the views of the sea from the downstairs windows. They also block the gutters with their huge old leaves above the garages. We are shredding all but the largest branches and leaving the residue as a mulch for the roots. You can see two days’ worth of progress in these pictures. At least two more to go. We will leave the Magnolia grandiflora beyond the delavayi uncut because there is a demand for their bark from a peculiar source! (And I am not telling you what that is!)
2016 – CHW
2015 – CHW
1992 – FJW
Has been damp for a month with no really heavy or prolonged rain. Eucryphia of all sorts are out well – very early for them.
1962 – FJW
Philips operation a success. Season still late – Eucryphia not nearly out. Auriculatum hybrids lasting well. Acer laxiflorum above Orchid House Nursery died suddenly.
1918 – JCW
Michael went round with me, he has not been here since January 15, he was very keen about the things, nothing much open now but the mountain forms.