2017 – CHW
A trip to Belvoir Castle for a board meeting (six plus hours each way). Karol goes to photograph some of our planting over the last 10 years at Belvoir where we have created a woodland garden of some 25 to 30 acres. See for yourself how it is doing. Older pictures of the start of the gardening plan at Belvoir Castle are on the Burncoose website. The garden was opened to visitors last year and made a profit so everyone happy.
Meanwhile the first of the three lorry loads for Chelsea gets loaded and off we go!
Rather late in the day Crug Farm have delivered their February 2016 order. Many of the plants are extremely rare wild collected new introductions but they are mainly rather on the large side and will need a great deal of staking. The plants were delivered by Tuckermarsh nurseries from Tavistock (Mark Fillan) who I enjoyed taking around. He brought our order of Lithocarpus glabrata and three Styrax wilsonii as well. The latter died of old age outside the back yard recently although I cannot believe we have not planted out a few seedlings. Bond Street perhaps?
2015 – CHW
Yes I have cheated and written this yesterday. Currently en route to London so normal service will be resumed in a week or so.
Two puzzles for anyone who has managed to read this far:
No one has ever known the name of this large ancient clump of cotoneaster at the start of Hovel Cart Road. A bit like Cotoneaster microphyllus from a distance but not close up. Bearing in mind its location and age it may well be an original wild collected Chinaman. Every time you pose a question like this you suspect that you could find the answer in the planting records or archive but there simply is not the time to begin to try.
What is this 12 to 15 year old enkianthus? Its shape and habit would suggest Enkianthus cernuus. However it is not pure white and the location of the anthers and stamens in relation to the bell flower is incorrect.
The unknown magnolia from a few days ago has been tracked down in the planting record as ‘Coral Pink’. No idea of its parentage though. Different but not exciting.
1993 – FJW
Wet rough spell with hail – garden past its peak.
1990 – FJW
Rain came after very dry two months. Garden has hung on very well despite heat. Rhodo’s good (except for Rho orbiculare). Mags good. Camellias excellent.
1927 – JCW
A great block of buds showing bloom on Mag parviflora. The azaleas are about half open. Mag wilsoni is very good. The first flower for this year of Mag nicholsiana is open and is very fine. The last of the Zealanicum is at its best.
1916 – JCW
About half the Azaleas are open. Pink Pearl just open. No May yet. Sappho x Auklandii is very nice.
1912 – JCW
Azaleas of all kinds have been good but many going back. Pink Pearl going back. Auklandiii’s nearly over. Bluebells over. Primula pulverulenta good. C montana going back. May very good.
1900 – JCW
Iris pavonia just open, Azalea Altaclarence good. Auklandii good. A cold rough wind.