2019 – CHW
Some website videos in the bag today with Karol of drying hydrangea flowers to preserve their colours for winter decorations and flower arrangements. Basically you need to wait before cutting until the flower colours have faded and discoloured. If you cut flowers in their full normal colour they will dry off as brown rather than retaining the unusual dappled colours as the flowers fade out.
The flowers on Hydrangea ‘Mme E Mouilliere’ have faded nicely to greenish white and are ready to cut for drying. Avoid the odd pure white flower that is still full out.
Schefflera aff. mynocarpa has a flower head forming late in the year as it did last year.
2017 – CHW
More seed questing.
Schefflera pauciflora has its first ripening seed clusters. A good colour! Nearly ready to collect.
2016 – CHW
The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust clay shoot attracted 120 entries on a fine and relaxed day. Here are a few pictures to record the event. Tom Williams won the junior trophy. His father and uncle were less successful!
2015 – CHW
The row of hydrangeas which Jaimie planted for Alison along the roadside above Top Lodge are making a real show.