2018 – CHW
A Photinia villosa comparison session. We did this once before in the diary but the plants have developed a lot since then.
Photinia villosa var. coreana with more berries than ever seen before. Absolutely covered in fruit.
Today an inspection of the Kennel Close plantings from 2017. Ten years on there is much to see.
What has suddenly massacred two new clumps of Hedychium gardnerianum planted out here from the main bed by the playhouse in the spring? Last week they were fine in flower but now shattered. What has done this? Roe deer, pheasants or rabbits? The pheasants have clearly pecked the exposed tubers but I doubt they could have felled the whole spikes. It looks a bit rough for rabbit damage. Large crushing teeth were involved here not nibbling. Since another clump 300 yards away deep in the garden is smashed too I strongly suspect deer. They would have a hard time getting to the main clump at the playhouse area because of the walls. I wonder if deer like the ginger smell of these ginger lilies?
Bulls at rest by the Top Lodge. The charolais is a nasty bastard and has had his moments both with Hamish on the farm and on shooting days.
Some really dull seeds discovered today which are not yet ripe:The rare Ilex spinigera with long drooping branches.
An even rarer symplocos whose species is unknown