2023 – CHW
The natural regeneration, after felling 4 years ago in Dry Walls, has been deemed inadequate by the Forestry Commission who now stipulate (with menaces) that more trees must now be planted. This stipulation ignores the fact that tree planting in lockdown was not easy and that no grant at all was claimed for anything to do with this work. We did obtain a valid felling licence from the FC and did not cheat in lockdown as the FC maintains some landowners did by felling without a licence. Nevertheless this is, in reality, a new power grab or mini nationalisation of woodland by the government. Landowners can only fell or (now) thin their woodlands with FC permission. There are generous grants for new woodland planting and plenty of rules to go with them. This is however the first instance which I have come across where the FC can dictate exactly what you must plant where, at your own expense, on your own land! Another outreach or overreach by a conservative government who expect the countryside to support them regardless.
These pictures show Frankie carefully removing brambles with a small digger to facilitate replanting where regeneration has not occurred.
To the greenhouse to see what is new.The ancient Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ on the top wall here has larger petals and more pink in its buds than the younger plants which are more common today.
A large chestnut has fallen in Old Park.
Prunus ‘Jo-nioi’ putting on a show at the garden entrance. Planted 2006.The second Camellia japonica variety into flower after ‘Noblissima’. It may have a bit of x williamsii in it but the leaves are crinkly/curled and the flowers off red. An old windbreak plant with no (known) name.
2019 – CHW
A trip to the greenhouse to see some good new things in flower for the first time here.
Camellia reticulata x sasanqua ‘Show Girl’ would probably be unexciting in March but is rather good in November. I have no idea where this came from but Asia has a fine set of young plants from cuttings now (Camellia reticulata ‘Damonao’ x Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’).
Another record tree bites the dust from old age and falling over. Magnolia macrophylla toppled over in October and this whole area needs a good prune and tidy. The Magnolia sieboldii sinensis next door is also on its last legs.
Another forsythia out in flower in November. This is the second to show.
2016 – CHW
A surprise Camellia japonica with a few flowers on above the big veitchii. Not named but planted originally as a windbreak set of seedlings.
Amazingly the Paulownia elongata, planted in 2007, which had such large buds a few weeks ago is now well out. It is clearly not a secondary flush of flower but just ‘early’! This tree grows so amazingly fast that it has got its seasons rather muddled.
First primroses out outside the front door. None yet on the bank above.
1924 – JCW
On Nov 23rd we had the longest spell of good colour on all kinds of shrubs here that I can remember.
1901 – JCW
Came home for three days, frost cut dahlias and hydrangeas, not roses of which there are several. Iris stylosa nice, Iris alata very good. Camellia sasanqua quite fine. Many daff seedlings of all ages show up in the pans etc, most of them have cyclamineus, maximus, polyanthus or clusii blood in the cross.