2022 – CHW
Rain not far away but humid and fine.
In the Rockery we have now proved how well a Podocarpus ‘County Park Fire’ has responded to a harsh pruning to get it away from the Rhododendron sanguineum subsp. didymium and Rhododendron russatum.
A wonderful five and a half hours in the garden with Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones from Crûg Farm Nursery. The leading plant hunters and collectors of the current generation. An opportunity to view and discuss what has grown well and badly here from their collections, whether we have been growing certain genuses in the wrong places, and how / where / at what altitude they grow in the wild. We have been making mistakes but we have also been getting some things very right. Aralia vietnamensis was performing better than Bleddyn had ever seen elsewhere but I explained that other aralias has not done well. Schefflera in more shade and, more importantly, in more wind exposure.
A youngish Euonymus tingens nicely in flower.
Still no rain! A dead hydrangea species in the drought just outside the Rockery.
2019 – CHW
Pictures from the show yesterday. We did not go today. Shockingly wet day.
Justin manning the Burncoose stand at the Royal Cornwall Show. A very good effort by the team.
A tour for a group who had bought it at a charity auction. Not exactly knowledgeable gardeners but good fun and interesting. We smelt five different magnolias all with totally different scents before a good lunch!A rather stunted and ‘Beast’ damaged Echium pininana with a few flowers which are more pink than blue so nearly over. The bees are busy enjoying the flower spike.
Time to take in the damage done by the southerly 50-60mph winds on Monday afternoon. Leaf litter everywhere. Trees blocked the roads at Tubbs Mill and Treluckey Mill. Fortunately no trees down in the garden but several young magnolias blown over in Kennel Close, two snapped off at the roots and many losing branches or their leaders. Who would have expected wind like this in June? More like November.A new tilia species smashed asunder in Kennel Close. Planted in 2011.
There is always something in bloody gardening is there not!So let us cheer up with more progress with the laurel clearing to reveal a very spindly Rhododendron sinogrande which has been largely killed by overhanging laurel.
2016 – CHW
Sorting out the clearance work in the rookery this week. The pheasants need more holes in the tree canopy over the scree slope towards the lake to enable them to fly better and in the right direction than they have in recent years.
This will involve half felling quite a lot of laurel, removing an old leylandii hedge and cutting down a number of small sycamores to make the gaps.
Now off to Tullow in Ireland for Lizzie’s auntie’s 90th birthday bash at Hardimont House. We are flying from Exeter and back via Newquay. I will not be taking the camera but you may get a picture or two on my phone suitably blurred by Irish hospitality.
1909 – JCW
Going to Scotland this week, only two pods of pot Griflamme picked. We have had a fine lot of seedling Azaleas, and some are opening now the late ones. Roses late. Wall (Bob’s) plants good.
1905 – JCW
Only two pods of K.A and Jacko picked. Leaving for Scotland, far behind the above.
1897 – JCW
The first Tropaeolum speciosum opens, a lot of waterlilies on the big pond out, young shoots of nigra 8 feet high.