2023 – CHW
A wonderful array of Hydrangea paniculata ‘Limelight’ at Newbiggin House.
2022 – CHW
Nothofagus antarctica is developing interesting bark after 30 years growth. The beech like seed heads have shrivelled away to nothing in the heat and contain no seed at all.
An elderly Lithocarpus edulis in flower in Old Park.
The removal of one fallen record tree this week – Pinus pinaster (25m tall, diameter of 125cm and girth of 392cm) as measured in 2006 prompted me to look at the next door record tree.
A trip to see what has appeared in the last week in which I have been away.Hypericum lancasteri full out as a 6x6ft clump (three plants). Superb plant.
Surprising what you can find in a hedgerow in Yorkshire in late August.A fine crop of nearly ripe sloes this year on the Prunus spinosa. A bumper crop for sloe gin makers.
A brief respite in the Green Hut at Garrigill during torrential wind and rain that led to the abandonment of the day by 2pm. The rain was so heavy that those without jackets were drenched in the few paces to the cars. Lizzie is wearing her all weather riding coat and not drinking the gin although this may not be so accurate looking at Trevor!
In my absence and lots of rain the seeds on the Lithocarpus pachyphyllus have really begun to swell. Amid the seed clusters you can now see one or two seeds swelling much more than the others. These larger seeds will be the only ones to be big enough to be viable and germinate normally in two years time.
Philip Tregunna 50 years old today.
1959 – FJW
Last of corn and straw safely carried in.
Eucryphia pinnatifolia over some days. Nymansii a week past its best and the Auklandii Garden Cordifolia looks well from front door. Rho auriculatum going over but many of the white hybrids at their best. Magnolia delavayi, grandiflora and grandiflora var Goliath all good. A few Parviflora left. Odd out of season flowers on several deciduous Magnolias as the seedling from Denudata nearest N.E corner of Tin Garden. Fine till 2 days ago. Now a lot of rain and thunder right in the middle of carrying corn. Most things done fairly well.