2019 – CHW
A few wild flowers out on a dry south facing bank in a meadow at The Cottage in Yorkshire. The field had been ungrazed this year and was full of interest and colour. So many of these plants are sold by Burncoose as improved garden forms or different species of these fairly common wild plants.
Betony, Stachys officinalis, which I had not seen before.
The rare and tender Brachychiton populneus has done fairly well in the drought after being planted this spring. Quite a nice crop of new growth.
A big leafed young Rhododendron sinogrande grossly over seeding in Old Park. A good example of why the seeds need removing once flowering has finished. However we might as well harvest these in October and grow them on.
It may well not be a gardening holiday as such but you cannot help admiring Daphne’s Northumbrian garden which Burncoose supplied many plants for some 15 to 20 years ago when it was first started on the edge of Newbiggin Moor near Blanchland. The pond area was getting overrun with gunnera but these have been removed to good effect. This year the roses were in their prime which puts the garden two to three weeks later than in recent years when they were all going over. Despite all the rabbit fencing we were able to remove another three during our visit without the dogs racing through the borders.
2000 – FJW
1983 – FJW
Harvest all in – very good yield – hotter than 1976?
1976 – FJW
Harvest all in – including Pencoose – very dry year.
1954 – CW
Still rain every day. Pinnatifolia nearly at best. A few on Nymansii. Whites good but some over also most of Auriculatum pink hybrids but a third not out of white. Mag delavayi on big wall over 160 flowers. Wall climbing hydrangea covered V.G. Our hay in but a lot out. A little corn cut on way to Truro. One lapageria out. Most dead.
1946 – CW
Very wet for long and now terrific storms. Auriculatum not out and also many of its hybrids. Eucryphia pinnatifolia at its best 2 days ago. Nymansii good. Pinnatifolia not yet all out. All magnolias, rhododendrons, and camellias grown well. Hardly any corn cut. First lapageria out.