The party to celebrate 25 years of the Great Gardens of Cornwall was held in a tent on Beach Meadow and attended by around 100 people. A very convivial evening!
2016 – CHW
A trip to look mainly at some of our new conifers in the third and outer planting piece in Kennel Close nearest the road.Cephalotaxus fortunei, the Chinese plum yew, planted in 2009 is now above deer height and looking good. Nice silvery undersides to its leaves and a spreading habit.
Rhus chinensis, planted only this year, has made good progress as have the new bamboos below it (more later).
The two (of three planted 2009) Picea likiangensis have really taken off and are now well away. A vigorous species with a blueish hue at this time of the year. A Wilson 1910 and, latterly, a Roy Lancaster introduction of some note which ought to be more widely grown.
Picea mariana, the black spruce, has also got away well but is north American rather than Chinese. It may well produce cones soon by the look of it.
Abies pinsapo, the Spanish fir, has a rather different habit and only came to the UK in 1905. Very vigorous indeed only seven years from planting out.
Picea asperata is another 1910 Wilson introduction doing extremely well.
Picea polita (now apparently Picea torano), the tiger tail spruce from Japan, with very prickly leaves indeed.
Picea glauca has not fared so well and has rather sparse branches which have lost lots of leaves perhaps to nibbling dear but seems to be growing through it and may yet make a good tree.
Abies delavayi is romping away just above it. Quite a contrast!
This is all a totally new subject for me and Caerhays and rather a nice one too. In 2014 we did an Endangered in the Wild stand at Chelsea with lots of rare conifers most of which have ended up in this patch but are not yet large enough to be worthy of the camera and only just getting established. The cedars are doing badly and we are learning (again) that many conifers and our high rainfall do not mix well.
2015 – CHW Cyclamen hederifolium on the lawn here, as at Burncoose, are the harbingers of autumn. JCW spent hundreds of pounds on buying corms from Turkey at the turn of the century and they have naturalised readily on the banks around the castle. The true Cyclamen hederifolium are rose pink but here you see some hybridisation at work.
1982 – FJW
Last corn cut and brought in – very wet from mid August – weeds very bad.
1971 – FJW
David shot his first blackbird before my very eyes.