20th 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

2018 – CHW

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.

Prunus spinosa
Prunus spinosa
Prunus spinosa
Prunus spinosa
Hazelnuts (Corylus avellana) nearly ripe rather early in this dry summer but already being attacked by grey squirrels.
Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts
Conkers well-formed already too (Aesculus hippocastanum) although a small crop after the drought.
Conkers
Conkers
Conkers
Conkers
A well-formed trunk on Nothofagus antarctica and beech seeds already formed.
trunk on Nothofagus antarctica
trunk on Nothofagus antarctica
trunk on Nothofagus antarctica
trunk on Nothofagus antarctica
Winged seeds on Acer platanoides (Norway maple) in profusion.
seeds on Acer platanoides
seeds on Acer platanoides
Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn) laden with seeds for the thrushes and other winter migrant birds.
Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn) laden with seeds
Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn) laden with seeds
Sorbus aucuparia (mountain ash) with perhaps the finest crop of all.
mountain ash
mountain ash
And of course Quercus robar (English oak).
Quercus robar
Quercus robar
Sorbus intermedia fruits not yet coloured up like S. aucuparia.
Sorbus intermedia
Sorbus intermedia

2016 – CHW
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!
brief respite in the Green Hut
brief respite in the Green Hut
brief respite in the Green Hut
brief respite in the Green Hut
2015 – CHW
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.

Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
About six weeks ago I saw a second inflorescence on twigs above the already forming acorn clusters. I have now found one low down enough to photograph properly. On lithocarpus the male flower spikes point upwards while the female flower spikes hang down. Still cannot work out why there is a second flowering?
Lithocarpus the male flower
Lithocarpus the male flower
Lithocarpus the female flower
Lithocarpus the female flower

1981 – FJW
Philip Tregunna 50 years old today.
1959 – FJW
Last of corn and straw safely carried in.

1944 – CW
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.

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