2023 – CHW
Decent garden centres have well signed display beds for the public. Honnor and Jeffery win again.
A wonderful clump of Geranium ‘Russell Prichard’.
2022 – CHW
Heatwave but still at least a breeze. 5 acres of barley on fire at Higher Polmenna last Saturday but half the field saved by fire brigade.
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’ nearly out on the drive.
2021 – CHW
I find 30 or so cattle in the garden. TB testing of 250 animals today so chaos in the yard. Do we have a phantom gate opener though as this is the second example of cattle ‘opening’ a tied up gate themselves in the last three weeks.
I am not sure what this yellow flower is amongst this hedgerow clump of tufted vetch (Vicia cracca)? Possibly Genista tinctoria?
A trip to Trelowarren to look at the plans for the 18th century garden restoration which is still at the planning stage.
Returned home after some decent rain and a quick rush to see if the other two new Manglietias had come out. M. kwangtungensis buds are now the size of goose eggs but not yet open.Magnolia tamaulipana has produced its flower and we have missed it!
2018 – CHW
Off to Briddlesford dairy and farm shop. This dairy farming family have just branched out and built their own dairy where they produce their own milk, cream, butter and cheese. Quite an enterprise and one of the only dairy farms to survive on the island with their pedigree Guernsey herd.
Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’ is now full out.
Both are novelties to me and very well worth growing!
Good purplish secondary new growth on Liquidambar calycina. This plant is seriously taking off in its third year from planting out.
Five hours with a BT surveyor on the hottest day of the year trying to work out the cost and practicalities of bringing fibre optic cable from the new Superfast box in West Portholland to the castle and village. The BT plans are not very accurate but fortunately the existing cable is in ducting for about 25% of the route rather than on poles. Relatively easy to pull another cable through the ducting. For five years we and everyone on the estate have struggled with 3-4mbs of broadband speed. We may now have a solution which will not cost nearly as much as the alternatives if BT play ball.Pterocarya fraxinifolia is developing seeds in what were long trailing catkin-like flowers. The trailing seed pods are an attractive yellowish-green and I have not seen these before on the tree outside the back yard which my father was given by Lord Falmouth. It is a suckering tree which needs a huge amount of room to develop into a clump unless you cut the suckers off each year as they do at Wisley and Tregothnan.
2015 – CHWThe fruit clusters of Lithocarpus pachyphyllus seed are already much in evidence and what a crop this year! Branches will break under the weight of the seeds by autumn. However the puzzle is why are there still flower spikes in profusion when the seed has already set? There were trailing female catkins evident in March and some of the new inflorescences at the tips of the twigs look the same. The shorter inflorescences further back on the stem would seem to be male but why appear now? I hope this is not all a sign that this record tree is dying.
1990 – FJW
Lapageria out. Wilson’s fortunei (discolor) has been outstanding.
1963 – FJW
Metrosideros lucida flowering very well indeed.
1927 – JCW
Buddleia’s nice 3-4 varieties. Plagianthus good. Romneya very good. American Pillars out a month is now on the downgrade.
1925 – JCW
American Pillar wanes. Buddleia opening. Romneya good. Plagianthus opening and is quite nice now. No crop of discolor or of auriculation or of weyrichii. Decorum, Falconeri is just over, it is very late for some things.
1910 – JCW
L giganteum nearly over. Brunonis over, R coulteri fair. Mitraria good. R cinnabarinum going back. Buddleias show colour.