13th August

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

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.

Stachys officinalis
Stachys officinalis
Stachys officinalis
Stachys officinalis
Stachys officinalis
Stachys officinalis
Harebell, Campanula rotundifolia, which you often see on moorland edges.
Campanula rotundifolia
Campanula rotundifolia
Campanula rotundifolia
Campanula rotundifolia
Campanula rotundifolia
Campanula rotundifolia
Field scabious, Knautia arvensis, which would be fine in a pot in the nursery.
Knautia arvensis
Knautia arvensis
Knautia arvensis
Knautia arvensis
Greater knapweed, Centaurea scabiosa (or more probably common knapweed), which grows well in full sun on the bank opposite the front door at Caerhays.
Centaurea scabiosa
Centaurea scabiosa
Centaurea scabiosa
Centaurea scabiosa
Yarrow, Achillea millefolium. The white forms which we sell are not so different.
Achillea millefolium
Achillea millefolium
Achillea millefolium
Achillea millefolium
Red clover, Trifolium pratense.
Trifolium pratense
Trifolium pratense
Trifolium pratense
Trifolium pratense
Hare’s foot clover, Trifolium arvense.
Trifolium arvense
Trifolium arvense
Trifolium arvense
Trifolium arvense
Common birds-foot-trefoil, Lotus corniculatus.
Lotus corniculatus
Lotus corniculatus
Lotus corniculatus
Lotus corniculatus
Meadow crane’s-bill, Geranium pratense.
Geranium pratense
Geranium pratense
A dead black rabbit hanging in a lilac tree.
dead black rabbit
dead black rabbit

2018 – CHW
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.
Brachychiton populneus
Brachychiton populneus
Brachychiton populneus
Brachychiton populneus
Firmania simplex has got away in the heat too although I fear it will be cut back to 4-6in from ground level again next winter. Only when it gets a woody trunk will it have a real chance. Not in a hot enough spot here perhaps.
Firmania simplex
Firmania simplex
A nasty orange fungal growth from the base of an elderly Quercus coccinea.
orange fungal growth
orange fungal growth

2017 – CHW
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.
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande

2016 – CHW
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.
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
Daphne’s Northumbrian garden
2015 – CHW
No entry.

2000 – FJW
Heavy rain.

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.