7th June

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

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.

tilia
tilia
Ehretia anacua with snapped and broken branches below Slip Rail.
Ehretia anacua
Ehretia anacua
The echiums took a hammering too.
echiums
echiums
The broken magnolias had been removed or re-staked before I got to photograph them.
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.

Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Beside it a Persea japonica can now grow on properly too.
Persea japonica
Persea japonica
A patch of white campion beside Georges Hut.
white campion
white campion
Opposite this are two very late flowering white azaleas. These were propagated from an ancient plant on Rookery Path and planted here in 2002. Slow growers!
white azaleas
white azaleas
white azaleas
white azaleas
white azaleas
white azaleas
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x Magnolia virginiana is finally out. The flowers last only a day or two especially in a gale.
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia sieboldii sinensis x Magnolia virginiana
A tail end flower on a small plant of Michelia foggii ‘Jack Fogg’.
Michelia foggii ‘Jack Fogg’
Michelia foggii ‘Jack Fogg’
The first flowers on Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’ just emerging.
Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’
Rhododendron ‘Pink Polar Bear’
First flowers just out too on Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’.
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’

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.

clearance work
clearance work

2005 – FJW
2 flowers on Camellia Kimberley – Rho stamineum flowering very well.

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.

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