Seagulls and cormorants on the lake reflect the need to shelter from the several severe gales over the weekend.
Hydrangeas which were cut back hard last autumn are now coming into full flower by the Green Gate.
Euonymus europaeus (spindle tree) growing in a hedge and laden with seed capsules. A native hedgerow plant which is not that common here but seldom noticed until it performs like this. Commoner in Hampshire than Cornwall.
A fine show of berries on a group of Ilex aquifolium near Rescassa which the birds have so far left alone. Many of our hollies have few berries this year but this one is an exception.
After an extremely good birthday steak lunch for Serena the three of us set off in the gator to drive around Old Park and Forty Acres in the drizzle. Foolishly I attempted to cross a narrow bridge from the water meadows into Forty Acres wood and we slid unceremoniously into the rather swollen and tide backed up River Luney. Lizzie and the dogs had sensibly got out but Serena and I got a good dunking. Not ideal for her unborn baby and nearly ‘curtains’ at the bottom of the river for me. A bridge I have crossed in the same vehicle many times before but there we are.
Glasses, phone and camera lost so the diary photographs will dry up for a day or two while a new one comes curtesy of our insurers.
The telehandler from the farm soon lifted the vehicle out and surprisingly it started and was driven home where it soon then expired. The engineers suspect it may not be a write off as the engine is in the back and therefore not completely immersed. We will see and a replacement will be needed before we recommence shooting (hopefully) on 3rd December.
The pictures speak for themselves of a narrow and lucky escape! A few bruises, bath and a strong drink! Never a dull moment in lockdown.
2019 – CHW
A trip to look at the early flowering Camellia clump in the Auklandii Garden. These are all Camellia oleifera x Camellia sasanqua hybrids rather than being pure sasanquas. Four of the seven varieties were out.
Camellia “Winter’s Charm” – only just out and the large seed pods seen earlier have dropped.
Then on to Tregothnan to admire their national collection of Camellia sasanquas. There are around 100 mainly different varieties in a long avenue beside a main path. The collection was started in 2007 with cuttings from Kyoto in Japan, cuttings from China and plants from Trehane’s nursery and the former Loder gardens. Despite some casualties and deer damage many plants are already 10-12ft tall. 75-80% of the more mature plants were in full flower today and it was really quite a sight in the late afternoon sun.
You may find this list tedious but it is a record of a fantastic and unique collection. Some spellings may be not quite correct and one or two names may be questionable but I do not currently have time to delve more deeply into the reference books.
Some late autumn colour of note:Carpinus japonica in the sun. This is never going to be that startling but Carpinus species do seem to hold their leaves well into November.
A young self sown Camellia oleifera by Charlie Michaels Nursery. One of several in this area. On the younger new growth the flowers hang down and the centres are not readily visible.
A good westerly gale has struck down lots of yellowing and green leaves from the Liriodendron tulipifera by the Four in Hand. Quite a display on the tarmac and sides of the drive.
2015 – CHWA fine day and Rhododendron mucronulatum is now full out already. The few flowers seen a week or three ago were, I thought, just a second autumn flush but this would seem to disprove this. Time will tell if it flowers again in January as would be normal but I do not think so. I need to look back again at the younger plants elsewhere in the garden.
Erica arborea, the tree heather, is just starting to come out at the Four in Hand. In JCW’s garden diary this is usually noteworthy in January and February. Has our climate really changed that much in 100 years?
2004 – FJW
Drive camellias well out.
1940 – CW
Still several fuchsias. Camellia oleifera with several flowers in the wood. Picked several nice flowers of Rho R Arboreum x Thomsonii near Tin Garden. Also a bit of Hamamelis. Stewartia sinensis one plant still nice colour and all through as good as anything.
1933 – JCW
C sasanqua has been and is very good indeed. 6 or 8 rhodo’s show flower and Decorum which has been open since Sept! Fuchsia remain very good indeed.