2021 – CHW
Work nearly complete on the laurel hedge cutting below Donkey Shoe. A fire lit on the roots of self-layered laurel and a self-sown sycamore to kill them off before grubbing out later.
Quercus crassifolia killed by deer.
A young Cornus alternifolia ‘Argentea’ in flower at Donkey Shoe. The Burncoose one has been pollarded after being hit by fallen branches.
Escallonia ‘Pride of Donard’
2019 – CHW
Styrax japonicus ‘Jippei-Kawamure’ has huge flowers with large petals and is quite unlike Styrax ‘Emerald Pagoda’ but just as good. One to collect seed from definitely.
Off to see some nice new things which have arrived from Mark Bulk’s nursery and Crug Farm.Never sure if this is Cestrum fasciculatum or Cestrum ‘Newellii’ growing to 6-8ft in a spreading clump on the top wall. Are these flowers ‘bright red’ or ‘crimson’. I would say the former.
Time to take consolation in the styrax collection which is, in the main, now full out and rather splendid although not that obvious as you go around the garden. We need a styrax location map.There are six separate species located above the Crinodendron Hedge. Apart from a) all were planted in only 2008 but are now 15ft plus small trees.a) Styrax wuyuanensis has much more flower on show than last year but its semi trailing habit has led to one branch being snapped off in Monday’s storm. Good scent and loads of bees. Unusual bark too.
Our hotel is Wolesley Lodge, a spanking new product of the Irish golfing boom and bust, just outside Tullow which, as a town, would rank below Redruth in terms of affluence. Its £53.40 per night for an excellent double room with bath and shower and air conditioning in including breakfast (€12.96). Two nights stay for both of us for £110! Clearly whichever bank own this emporium for golfers is making the best of a bankrupt job.A tedious and very delayed flight back where Aer Lingus cannot find a plane and we end up on a Belgian airline with rather puzzled cabin crew who have little idea where Newquay is. One passenger tells another that ‘Newquay is a shithole’. I get the impression all passengers are either not on the right flight or drunk. That is really how Ireland ‘works’! I am reminded of JCW’s will where he forbade the family ever from investing in Africa or Ireland.
Meanwhile the garden team have finished clearing in the rookery and claimed a scalp!
The caption says it all.
There are several ancient clumps of Rhododendron indicum alongside the Rockery, in the Auklandii Garden and near the Top Lodge. These plants are commonly known as Indian azaleas or Azalea macrantha. They were planted in large clumps and vary in colour from dark red to pink. The flowers are often sparse and not all the flowers come out at once so the overall effect is limited. Nevertheless these azaleas really are the last vestige of the spring woodland garden season.
While going past the Rockery Karol and I suddenly notice a swarm of tiny young frogs crossing the drive and heading away from the pond presumably to hide in the cool rocks and moss in the Rockery. Lizzie noticed these three days ago going downhill so it must be a hell of a migration. Presumably the tadpoles lived in the stream below Bond Street and, having developed into tiny frogs, have started a long and dangerous migration. All very strange and novel. Some look more like tiny toads while others are clearly frogs. There are many thousands at it!
1941 – CW
Magnolias parviflora, wilsoni, sinensis at best as a whole. Watsoni, fraseri, prostrata, denudata all good. Still a few conspicua and double camellias. Rho Cornish Loderi fully out, Ponticum and Fortunei in Beech Walk really a fine mass – Auklandii almost over. Azaleas very good. Rain in time but not for Amoena, all small due to May drought and cold.
1897 – JCW
Sowed the first lot of daff seed.