Jaimie has completed the laurel cutting along the Main Ride. This was the last bit by Mr Rogers Quarry. A wonderful job to have completed by now leaving plenty of time for tinkering with smaller bits before we turn to leaf raking.
A striking Acer palmatum planted before 1997 but the label has been lost.
Acer palmatum ‘Scolopendriifolium’ appears as a lovely yellow cut leaf maple with exquisite foliage. However when you look closely there are flashes of red within the yellow. This is a ‘must have’ acer for autumn colour.
2017 – CHW
Only one seed pod on Stewartia sinensis and poor autumn colour or I have missed it?
Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’ has only two flowers out and the odd bud showing on the now huge and very elderly plant in the Main Quarry. We have all known it out earlier and this is easily proved if you examine the diary. I fear the plant will need a stern pruning soon as it is getting straggly with some dieback. It has not enjoyed the wind up its bum for the last 10 years since all the ponticum was
removed from the nearby hedge.
The ancient bank of erica at the Four in Hand is just starting to come out as a light pink. Is this one of the Lanarth bred hybrids by P D Williams? Perhaps ‘St Keverne’. By heather standards it has already lived three lifetimes on this hot dry bank which was completely covered 40 years ago.
A few nasty looking red fungi on the lawn which the pheasants are clearly enjoying – or something is! No idea what they are or if poisonous.
1992 – FJW
November Pink has been out for some time – wet and warm alternates with cold.
1947 – CW
Almost frost last night. Cam sasanqua very good seldom more flower at one time. Oleifera out on wall and just one in wood. Lapageria and Yellow Hammer (Rho) good. Hardly any other flower except fuchsias.
1935 – JCW
Cold but no real cold. Magnolia delavayi is moving past notwithstanding the rough and cold winds.
1932 – JCW
Several C sasanqua are very good indeed. Lapagerias holding on well. We cleared the big fuchsia hedge next to the Green Gate.
1926 – JCW
C sasanqua and lapageria remain good. No E darleyense yet. Many scraps of rhodo species as Mucronulatum, Neriiflorum, Decorum, Lutescens, perhaps out forms Dicroanthum hybrid wild. Cotoneaster salicifolia and Stransvaesia salicifolia are the best things showing colour.
1915 – JCW
Only about 6 buds on Camellia sasanqua here but plenty at Werrington. The heath, E darleyense have begun to open, but the lapageria is the only thing really making a show.
1904 – JCW
Camellia sasanqua very fine indeed. No break in the weather, much leaf on yet, a few more daffs up.
1900 – JCW
Picked an Iris stylosa.