2018 – CHW
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.