2023 – CHW
Attached are 3 lists which record the Carpinus, Tilia, Lindera and Litsea collections currently growing here. I wonder how many will survive 30 years and how many will prove to be worth growing. Also how many name changes the taxonomists will impose on us along the way and how many new wild species may yet be introduced into cultivation.
2022 – CHW
Then I have a look at the Knapweed in the field to try and compare it to the Caerhays forms inspected 2-3 weeks ago.
Although the flowers were long over, except in full shade, all the plants are, I think, Centaurea nigra or Lesser Knapweed. The dried seed heads are much browner than our form of Centaurea nigra or Centaurea debeauxii. The leaf formation tallies to the reference book as well.
2021 – CHW
Sam Turner & Sons at Piercebridge is not much of a garden centre in the strict sense of the term and really a clothing and sundries store like our Griggs in Cornwall. Not much of interest plant wise.
Kniphofia ‘Orange Vanilla Pop’
Sloes forming up nicely but only just colouring up at the back of The Cottage.
The start of grass cutting in Old Park reveals a fungus the size of a dinner plate. Again I wish I knew more about fungi!
2018 – CHW
Head Gardener Jaimie has been keeping up with the daily diary while I have been away in the north.
A wander in Old Park with the terriers after a week of grass cutting. A couple more days and we should be finished, then back to the main gardens.
View from the new planting area which is now complete. New seats needed!
No entry.2015 – CHW
Rubus tricolor covers the bank outside the flat and is one of the best ways of covering up weeds on a steep bank which can only be maintained with a long ladder. The fruits are orange and delicious both to birds and small boys. Much enjoyed with my cornflakes.
Evidence of the German film makers’ fake flowers in the Hydrangea seemanii.