2018 – CHW
A tiny dead baby grass snake in the Rockery. Possibly killed by pheasant poults? Many sightings of adders this summer and several dogs bitten walking on the cliffs in Cornwall. At the GWCT clay shoot last Saturday I looked at a large springer spaniel from the Lizard which had survived an adder bite but the venom had decayed and rotted the flesh around the bite. The poor dog now has a 2’’ hole in its belly, a jumpsuit to wear and daily changing of the bandages.
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.
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.
2015 – CHW
Rhododendron flavidum is another species which has an unspectacular flowering in the autumn.
Cladastris lutea (kentuckea) starting its amazing display of pure yellow autumn colour.
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.
1975 – FJW
Corn cut – yield good straw very sparse indeed.
1973 – FJW
All straw in.
1964 – FJW
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.