10th September

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
CH Williams Profile Picture
CHW 2015-
JC Williams Profile Picture
JCW 1897-1939
C Williams Profile Picture
CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Jaimie and his team have been cutting the trash on the islands. They came upon the swans’ nest with five addled eggs. The swans hatched off only two chicks but sadly only one has survived to near maturity.

grass cutting on the islands
grass cutting on the islands
The Caerhays ‘yacht’ tied up after completion of the grass cutting on the islands. A nasty job with lots of wasp nests. Some of the pampas grass clumps are flowering pink, some white. All the geese have gone which is good!
Caerhays ‘yacht’
Caerhays ‘yacht’

2016 – CHW
Hydrangea aspera subsp robusta outside the front gates is now fully out. The florets are a pure white and stand out well at a time when there is little colour in the garden and autumn is around the corner.
Hydrangea aspera subsp robusta
Hydrangea aspera subsp robusta
Hydrangea aspera subsp robusta
Hydrangea aspera subsp robusta
Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group, conversely, is over. The flowers have faded to a dull pink here and gone brown elsewhere. This is a very variable plant in flower and most are short lived. Of the three mature plants from the 1990s above the Four in Hand only part of one still survives. Hydrangea sargentiana lives rather longer.
Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group
Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group
Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group
Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group
One forgets just how attractive the leaf arrangement is on Ginko biloba even before the brilliant autumn yellowing. Just look at how intricately these leaves interrelate and combine together.
Ginko biloba
Ginko biloba
Ginko biloba
Ginko biloba

2015 – CHW
A group of three newly planted hypericum are flowering very late with oddly shaped light yellow flowers. It seems that this species will make quite a decent shrub in time.

hypericum
Hypericum
hypericum
Hypericum

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’ has lovely yellow emerging new foliage in spring but its autumn hues are not at all bad either. Growing it in full sun seems to improve the colour of the foliage although, in the past, we always thought of metasequoias as bog plants to be planted near water. At Tregrehan they have actually planted three right in the lake and they are thriving.

Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’
Metasequoia glyptostroboides ‘Gold Rush’

2004 – FJW
Fairly wet early to mid August – fine first ten days of September until rain today.

1969 – FJW
Long dry spell finished – still 4 acres of corn out – garden does not look too dry.

1916 – JCW
The following rhodo’s are in flower – R flavidum, R hippophaeoides, R scintillans, R racemosum, R radicans, R fastigatum, and bits of flower are open on R decorum, R ungernii and R intricatum. The roses are very good indeed in the 3 beds.

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