2018 – CHW
Last weekend’s gales have left a huge nasty hanging branch on an elderly Pinus radiata below Donkey Shoe. I guess we will have to pull it down with a tractor and rope before the gardens open in February. These old Pinus radiatas disintegrate like this as they near the end of their lives.
Amazingly, and as last year, Paulownia elongata is out in flower again in the autumn. Loads of buds which look like seeds.
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’ has been split asunder into three pieces by the east wind but we have only just noticed. It should shoot again from the small base but will never be a decent shape.
Found the two other small ginkgos! Ginkgo biloba ‘Saratoga’ has narrow leaves and a fairly erect habit although in rather too dark a location to prosper long term. No colour yet.
Took November Pink, 2 seeds of Reticulata Mary Williams and Magnolia Rostrata to Garden Society.
Camellia oleifera out by Engine House. Also are pink hybrid in quarry and a Tea by the Tin Garden.
Cassia good and so solanum, lapagerias and C sasanquas. Roses fair, hydrangeas fair – no frost yet. We are now planting the big plants from Coombe Wood first sale, mainly in the New Planting. Those at Werrington have been in a fortnight.