2019 – CHW
A visit to Southern England Farms owned by Greville Richards. 120 people in the packing and processing plant and 450 eastern Europeans working the rigs in the fields. 7,500 acres of vegetable crops in Cornwall mainly on rented ground from Land’s End to Port Eliot.
2018 – CHW
Three forms of Magnolia grandiflora with perfect flowers on, at last, a dull day:
‘D D Blanchard’
2017 – CHW
Planted only this year but here are the first flower on Philadelphus mexicanus, a tender species from Mexico and Guatemala. These flowers do not seem to have the purple blotch in the centre which the reference books mention but there is a scent.
The hydrangea Hortensia season is upon us.
The first to be full out is Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’. There are two good clumps on the drive which are a decent blue in our soil.
2016 – CHW
The Game & Wildlife Trust (GWCT) shoot walk took place at Tregirls Farm above Padstow on Friday. English partridges became extinct on the farm only 10 to 12 years ago whereas, in the rest of Cornwall, it was 30 to 35 years ago. GWCT Cornwall have raised £13k to fund a reintroduction project in August with five cuvvies of grey partridges (£21 per partridge) and a part time game keeper. Tregirls is unique in having an HLS scheme designed around the corn bunting, another very rare bird. The farm has 60 acres of unharvested corn crops and 80 acres of six meter headlands which have been uncut for years. If grey partridges cannot survive in this sort of habitat it will be a surprise.
Here are some pictures of the 90 plus attendees on the shoot walk.
2015 – CHW
Getting on well with the 2016 catalogue proofing and, fortunately, the heatwave has moved on. The Phygelius in the garden has straggled up to six feet tall and needs a good chop down. One forgets that this sub shrub is capable of achieving this sort of height.
The Crinum powellii leaves have been untroubled by slugs but no flowers yet.
Alongside is a surprisingly good plant of Myrtus communis var tarentina with its very narrow leaves. This variety flowers in the autumn with pink tinges on its white flowers.
1929 – JCW
Came back from the North, Griersonianum, Eriogynum, Harrows x all very good, Mag parviflora has many flowers, M delavayi none open, the smaller Hypoleuca is good and is far the best flower of that species. Styrax wilsonii very good indeed, some discolors are good.
1921 – JCW
Very dry and hot for many weeks. The Sinograndes are frosted by the sun. Plagianthus lyallii is nice and Escallonia langleyense and some roses. R sunsnis was never so good. R moyesi is nearly over. P coulteri is very good. Some forms of Indica sinsii are to be very good near the Top Lodge.
1920 – JCW
A very nice damp growing season for the rhodo’s, some of the sinograndes have 24-26 inch leaves. Plagianthus lyallii is very nice. The Fortunei’s are nearly over, the Auriculatum hybrids about to open.
1918 – JCW
R brunonis is good. Rhodo’s lack rain very badly.
1916 – JCW
Mitraria fair. R brunosis good. R Mrs J.C Williams is nice yet , and Picatee holds on, Ingersii won’t open for a fortnight, daff seed mostly in.
1911 – JCW
Just home from London and Scotland (six weeks). R brunonis and Crimson Rambler good, not much else though Romneya is opening well. Mitraria good. Daff seed picked, say 2500.
1899 – JCW
Nigra up to 18 ft 3 in. Finished sowing daff seed, except Recurvas, from spores coming ripe.
1897 – JCW
The water lilies very well in flower.