2020 – CHW
Billy was put down last night at 9pm aged 15½ years. The trip of a lifetime when he was bitten by an adder on a grouse moor near Blanchland and ran for his life 18 to 20 miles (in a similar number of hours) to the outskirts of Newcastle crossing the A1. He survived and the lump on his foot from the bite was there until his death. A wonderful innings from a legendary rabbit, squirrel and woodcock dog who ran and ran but would never enter a cover or pick up anything but a live pheasant unless he felt like it. He got back from Durham three weeks after the Newcastle trip with Trevor Green where he sat on his haunches and howled with joy at being back. Trevor’s kennel was probably not to his liking! Serena called round to pay her respects. Billy grew up with both Serena and John and was son of the identical Gilly who was run over on the main road at Burncoose circa 13 years ago while off on a shagging expedition after a day’s shooting. The number of times Billy was retrieved from the village shop in Stithians doing the same thing on quiet days showed they had very similar genes!
Roger Grose and Frankie Tregunna installed the splendid new cut granite gateposts today at Tin Garden to provide the entrance to Dad’s memorial planting which we will complete next March.
In the process they dig up an old iron pipe which once connected the castle water supply to the old tank in Bramble Field. This was fed from the pumps in the river above Portholland until the 1960s. The tank fed all the Caerhays village too and was situated at the highest point to give the necessary gravity flows.
We had laid a new pipe from the mains supply in the road to the tank (and so on to the castle) when we cleared the Tin Garden area last February.
Garden Society members were reporting similar severe damage in their gardens at the dinner the night before last.Caerhays exhibited seed of Magnolia nitida, seed of Photinia beauvardiana var. notabilis and fruits of Cotoneaster moupinense.
The best plants shown at the dinner were:
Cobaea pringlei (John d’Arcy)
Diospyros lotus (Kew)
Diospyros kaki (Kew)
Malus transitoria (Hergest Croft)
Malus yunnanensis ‘Autumn Glory’ (Hergest Croft)
Sorbus megalocarpa var. cuneata (Hergest Croft)
Polyspora sczwanica (Penrice Castle)
Crataegus x lavalleei
Camellia sasanqua ‘Early Pearly’ (Tregothnan)
2018 – CHW
Picea brachystyla has bold silvery undersides to its needles. I had not picked up on this before. Compact habit. One of the conifers from our ‘endangered in the wild’ Chelsea exhibit.
Seed collecting and evergreen cuttings week. Bliss! Over 50 unusual plants in the propagation system.A good crop of greenish seed on Crabiodendron yunnanense but we go for cuttings instead. Asia may yet collect the seeds later but we have succeeded with cuttings before.
A few things nicely out in the nursery today in the sun. More than you might think actually.
Tibouchina orangensis – huge flower!
2015 – CHW
Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’ got my vote as the very best pink flowered cornus seen this year. Here it is exhibiting a decent show of autumn colour too to add yet more value to this exceptional form.
1938 – JCW
Erica hybrida just shows flower. I have made a big bed of Primula forrestii.
1920 – JCW
Much as the above but it is even now a wonderful autumn. Camellia sasanqua is very nice on the small stable tower. Erica hybrida is in flower.
1919 – JCW
A good few roses. Hydrangeas good. Autumn colours remain, the weather is slowly breaking and is now cold. Cotoneaster salicifolia begins to be good – the seed on Moyesii is fading away.
1915 – JCW
The lapagerias are very nice. Solanum, cassia and hydrangeas are all fair. Primula helodoxa is looking very nice in flower and would seem to be the best yellow primula by far.