31st August

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Another one which will not be pinching our magnolia seeds or shredding the bark on young trees. This is the time when squirrels migrate into woodland as the corn harvest leaves the fields. Usually worse in October when the maize gets cut as well.

Another one which will not be pinching our magnolia seeds
Another one which will not be pinching our magnolia seeds
Sarcocca wallichii flowers nearly out. Very early I think.
Sarcocca wallichii
Sarcocca wallichii
Sarcocca wallichii
Sarcocca wallichii
Viburnum macrophyllum given to us by Rod and Mary White this year is growing away well in its cage. Huge new growths.
Viburnum macrophyllum
Viburnum macrophyllum
Viburnum macrophyllum
Viburnum macrophyllum
Crabiodendron yunnanense is just finishing flowering and the ground is carpeted with greenish white balls resembling those of a pieris. I always seem to miss it when full out usually after walking under the tree several times!
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Rubus ichangensis is still in flower. This raspberry is very late to fruit and already the leaves have great red and purple autumnal tints. Last year we saw fruit in November I think?
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
The cyclamen are popping up in profusion again all over the bank above the lawn. Thankfully just after the second grass cut.
cyclamen
cyclamen

2016 – CHW
This 1996 planting of five Hydrangea paniculata is today quite superb with just a hint of pink developing on some of the florets in the most sun. Now that Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ are mostly over this is the best thing in the garden today.
Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea paniculata
Hydrangea paniculata
Rhododendron flavidum is having its usual secondary flowering which is a bonus, albeit a small one!
Rhododendron flavidum
Rhododendron flavidum
Just as the eucryphias have been universally late this year so the hoherias have very little flower as yet. Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’ has just an odd flower but loads of bud a fortnight or so off.
Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’
Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’
A drowning yesterday evening off East Portholland. Scuba diving apparently. Father died and one daughter also taken in the air ambulance. The new RNLI warning signs are all in place but yesterday was a remarkably calm and warm day. Without knowing any facts relating to this incident, and reading several recent cases of drownings all over the country in the fine weather, I wonder what more can really be done to prevent accidents of this sort? The local media do not yet seem to be trying to blame anyone and the rescue services (large helicopter, air ambulance, ambulance, coastguards, cliff rescue teams etc) were all on site at a huge cost to the public purse.

2015 – CHW
Rhododendron flavidum is another species which has an unspectacular flowering in the autumn.

Rhododendron flavidum
Rhododendron flavidum
Rhododendron flavidum
Rhododendron flavidum

Cladastris lutea (kentuckea) starting its amazing display of pure yellow autumn colour.

Cladastris lutea (kentuckea)
Cladastris lutea (kentuckea)
Cladastris lutea (kentuckea)
Cladastris lutea (kentuckea)

Another, rather dull, form of Hydrangea sargentiana from Crug flowering for the first time at Donkey Shoe. A poor replacement for the old clump which died out here 20 or more years ago. There were three plants but I killed one pruning it when I thought it was dead. Just dormant and my stupid mistake as these do not produce side shoots if you remove the leader.

Hydrangea sargentiana
Hydrangea sargentiana

1975 – FJW
Corn cut – yield good straw very sparse indeed.

1973 – FJW
All straw in.

1964 – FJW
Harvest finished.

1942 – CW
During the summer I picked off over 1800 Magnolia seed pods. Parviflora most over 9000. 5050 from No 2 and 2200 from No 1 – over 3000 Sinensis, 1500 from the big one, 5400 Wilsoni, 800 from the single one in New Planting, also 800 by Engine House.

One thought on “31st August

  1. Dear Charles
    Just enjoying catching up with “The Diary” great read,love the un P.C. Bits! Plant information and photos always entertain and inform. The plant from us featured on the 31st August is actually Vaccinium megaphyllum. Our plant is about 6 years old,has not flowered yet and is 3.5mX3.5m X 1.8m high hardy down to -8c so far. Looks to be a big grower. Our newest Vaccinium acquisition V.dumicola appears to be a bit tender. One for you I think. Recently viewed a new species of Rhodo to me -Rh Polytrichum. Great foliage plant ,very bristly foliage- one to watch out for.

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