The old Paulownia tomentosa tree, located in the Main Quarry, has a dead side branch and from the fissure in the trunk is growing a Pinus radiata seedling. It has clearly been developing here for three or four years. The Pinus radiata grows above the quarry. The paulownia was a birthday gift to my mother from my father but has never really thrived here. Perhaps the soil is too thin or its top is too exposed and cold. Flowering has been sparse over the years with plenty of dieback.
Vaccinum urceolatum has well developed flower and or new growth leaf buds in the Rockery. Rather forward for the time of the year. It was not long ago that we were admiring the black seeds and collecting them from this very rare plant.
An update on the newer climbing hydrangeas on the top wall. Hydrangea serratifolia (ex Holland) is now romping away but no flowers as yet. Most of the leaves have now serrations at all but the odd larger one has two or three spines on its leave edges and some odd spotting within some leaves. This is possibly insect larvae but does not look like it.
Magnolia ‘Todds Forty-Niner’ ten days on and looking superb.
1985 – FJW
Still very cold (5°), snow and pond frozen over – woodcock and duck shooting forbidden.
1935 – JCW
Prunus pissardi is showing white. 1898 is ahead of 1935.
1898 – JCW
M de Graaf breaks through, also Princep Mary, Sirius, Golden Bell etc, one seedling of Maximus shows colour and one or two Blandas.