2023 – CHW
Magnolia/ Manglietia kwangtungensis/ moto with its buds swelling and splitting.
2022 – CHW
A visit to the Isle of Wight Grain Storage Ltd near Cowes. The farmer owned cooperative company handles circa 20,000 tonnes of wheat/oats/barley/rape grown on the island and has just invested £2.5m in new grain drying and milling equipment. The two biodigesters on the island which need feed (grass / whole crop) sourced locally have greatly reduced the amount of arable crops grown in recent years. The new milling allows poultry, beef, diary and pig farmers to purchase processed animal feeds made on the island rather than importing from the mainland. Vessels capable of loading 3,000 tonnes of grain can moor up and be loaded beside the storage facility.
Storage tanks old and new.
A bit of a magnolia hunt today.The pink form of Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ just showing.
A nice wet weekend and a dampish week in prospect so all good in the garden.The pink form of Magnolia delavayi with the largest and best flower I have ever seen on it before. The layman might find this very similar in shape, colour, and the dropping down of the three outer tepals, to Magnolia (Manglietia) insignis which we saw last week. Tom Hudson collected this originally and, not knowing any better, we planted it in a poorish spot opposite the dog kennels below Kitchen Garden where it has grown well but flowered sparsely.
Calystegia soldanella (sea bindweed) growing on the field hedge (which is near sand) opposite the car park. The flowers have closed as it is overcast. It is not that different from Convolvulus arvensis (bindweed) but this one only grows on sand dunes as here. (The white flowered hedge bindweed, Calystegia sepium, much hated by all gardeners, is a different species again.)
Subsequently Colin French (Flora of Cornwall) got in touch to point out I got this wrong. Here is his email and the correct photos:
Sent: 09 August 2020 10:15
To: Charles Williams PA
Subject: RE: Survey work
On 30th June Diary entry the Calystegia soldanella photos are of Field Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). C. Soldanella has small round succulent leaves as in the photo below:
Arrived at Hampton Court yesterday at lunchtime. The temperature was 33-36°C. An untouched can of lemonade exploded in Michael’s van in the heat. We felt similarly pulverised but made a very good start on the stand. Sally Hayward was in situ doing not just our labels but the labels for all the other Plant Heritage exhibitors. What would we have done without her willing and very capable help! Our stand is located next to the National Collection of Rubus stand. Podocarpus and Rubus must be two of the dullest stands the public have ever seen but perhaps more horticulturally interesting with more unusual plant species and hybrids than in previous Plant Heritage exhibitions? The National Collection of Ginkgos on the other side of us was superb and got the media attention it deserved.
A few exceptional new plants to us at Burncoose which are now on their way to the Hampton Court flower show for the stand and for sales there.A lovely white Watsonia arderneri which we bought from France.
I now know why I have not been able to operate the focus properly on the new camera. It should do it automatically. Karol assumed I was not as thick as I have now been shown to be!The Tropaeolum speciosum has come up through the Lady Clare camellia and is flowering at about 5ft from the ground. Rather a good set of pictures if I say so myself!
Thirty members of the 700 year old Worshipful Company of Fruiterers visit Caerhays for a medlar tree planting ceremony on the bank opposite the front door. The master and clerk wear their ceremonial chains of office and past masters have special ties. We assemble for the tree planting at 12.00, then house tour, lunch in the dining room and a garden tour ending at 4.30pm. All in all a very pleasant and happy day. One or two of the members even grew fruit trees (cobnuts and walnuts in Kent). The master and his wife were both QCs and the mistress sat next to my brother at a dinner in London the night before the visit here. Quite a coincidence as they had never met before.
2015 – CHW
Grass cutting now for a week and the area around the house is starting to look tidy. It remains to be seen if we will need much of a second cut in September. So far a very fine March to June despite what everyone from up country is moaning about (cold nights, wind etc). Cornwall, for once, has had the best of it I suspect.