2023 – CHW
Escallonia bifida just out in flower.
I am noticing every day what a poor year it is for seed production. No surprises really as nature jettisons extra effort except where death is imminent.Acer calcaratum is new to us. 18 inches of drought die back.
Amaryllis belladonna appear from bare earth and quickly produce a great leafless display.
Burncoose has started offering Forestiera neo-mexicana (now called Forestiera punctata in Hillier’s) again and we do not have a full set of photographs. I can think of four small evergreen shrubs / small trees which it might be in the garden. All are pretty dull but rare. Bean says that he has never seen this olive-like tree produce fruits in the UK. Native to the SW USA and introduced to Kew in 1925 but thought unlikely to fruit in our climate.The first viewing turns out to be the Chilean Schinus polygamus (now Schinus polygama in Hillier’s) above the greenhouse. Twelve to fifteen feet tall and pretty dull. That is what it is labelled anyway. I have seen tiny yellow-green flowers once. Planted in 2007.
Jaimie has found a peahen nesting in Bramble Field by the water tank. I do not think we have a resident male this year so it may well be sitting in vain. Peacocks normally hatch in June or sometimes July if they have a second clutch after losing the first. This peahen had been living on its own in the rearing field and is probably immature as well so it is very unlikely to produce any chicks. There have been peacocks here since 1960 and it would be a pity if this was the last.
A day of meetings at Burncoose yesterday but time for a trawl around.Griselinia ruscifolia is new to us and now in stock. I saw this several times in Eire in the spring.
2017 – CHW
Plenty of seed on Stachyurus praecox on the drive. Very different in appearance to the racemes of seed on Stachyurus chinensis.
The Garden Diary is littered with references over the last 100 years to the lapagerias being out by the front door in the autumn and indeed even in January. In more recent times it is not that unusual to see them out in August. This is a very ancient and very scruffy surviving plant but still laden with flowers. One flower is clearly nearly over already.
2015 – CHW
A fine display of Prunus laurocerasus berries below Slip Rail. The laurels are yellowish here near a huge fir tree where they bake in the sun with little moisture. Hence the berries which you seldom see on cut laurel hedges.
1961 – FJW
Harvest definitely finished. 35cwt average per acre. Best fields – School House Meadow and Eastern Close 50m cwt.
1959 – FJW
Lapagerias have been out for some time.
1941 – CW
One or two Lapagerias out for a week – Red Azalea by Tin Garden still in flower [probably Rh prunifolium as it is still there 2016]. Auriculatum hybrids mostly going over but lots for the house still. Fuchsias at their best and been good for six weeks. Eucryphia nymansensis just past best. Big Cordifolia well out on top. A lot of rain all this month. Harvest bad.