11th September

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Building work on the conversion of the two barns at Newton Farm into two houses. The cob walls have largely collapsed and will have to be rebuilt so the project is eight weeks behind and due to finish now in late April (perhaps!).

Newton Farm
Newton Farm
Newton Farm
Newton Farm
Newton Farm
Newton Farm
Newton Farm
Newton Farm

2016 – CHW
Camellia oleifera will be out quite soon and there are plenty of buds.
Camellia oleifera
Camellia oleifera
Camellia oleifera
Camellia oleifera
Across the path one has to stop and admire the secondary new growth on Cercidiphyllum ‘Red Fox’. Slow growing but with a fine upright habit and arguably the darkest black leaves of any small tree.
Cercidiphyllum ‘Red Fox’
Cercidiphyllum ‘Red Fox’
Cercidiphyllum ‘Red Fox’
Cercidiphyllum ‘Red Fox’
Alongside it is another summer casualty; Aralia elala ‘Aureovariegata’ has blown over. It had suckered everywhere with plain green suckers which we have been cutting out for years. Another variegated thing which my father hated.
Aralia elala ‘Aureovariegata’
Aralia elala ‘Aureovariegata’
The Clethra delavayi has died as well. It over-seeded heavily last autumn and tried to put on a few leaves before dying. These plants have very short lives of only 20 years or so.
Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi
Clethra delavayi

2015 – CHW
Here is an example of the enormous versatility and colour range of hydrangeas. This started out as Hydrangea ‘Altona’ as you can see from one or two late flowers but just look at the colour variations in the mopheads as they die off. Greens, purples, blues – every colour but what it started out as. Perfect flowers to pick and dry quickly to retain their colours for a Christmas flower arrangement.

Hydrangea ‘Altona’
Hydrangea ‘Altona’

Below the Four in Hand yet more of the aucuba hedge is dying off. Some phytophtora peculiar to aucuba which infects only aucuba we are told. Defra has tested it scores of times all over Cornwall and have confirmed it is NOT phytophtora ramorum which primarily infects Rhododendron ponticum. This patch started getting diseased when a large branch fell on it. The clear up meant cutting back the aucuba and the infection has clearly spread more quickly on the cut areas where the zoospores meet sap seeping from cut stems.

aucuba hedge is dying off
Aucuba hedge is dying off
aucuba hedge is dying off
Aucuba hedge is dying off

2001 – FJW
Last of harvest completed. Disaster in New York.

1988 – FJW
Last corn cut and in (250 acres).

1980 – FJW
Corn in – 50 more acres than ever – say 280 tonne.

1977 – FJW
All grain in – some straw to come. 140 acres, good yield – tricky weather and 2 Sundays worked.

1927 – JCW
Came from Scotland for one day. The cyclamen are wonderful. Hoheria with a narrow leaf is nice. Roses good. Eucryphia cordifolia good but needs more sun. Odds and ends of rhodo’s open.

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