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?
Interrupted by a phone call! More tomorrow.
2016 – CHW
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.
The huge clump of Hydrangea paniculata (pure) has faded and gone over in three weeks. Now a dull greenish hue with the odd spot of pink. You can easily see where all the paniculata hybrids have sprung from.
I photographed this rhododendron in flower last year but still have no idea what it is. These secondary flowers have some split corollas. Above the pheasant pen below Donkey Shoe.
2015 – CHW
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
Unexpectedly the Olearia solandrii still has some flower. One normally thinks of this as a winter foliage plant but it does have tiny white flowers in profusion which one tends not to notice as the lovely green and yellow new growth appears.
Saw yet another big deer just above the Auklandii Garden even though Kerry was working nearby. The dogs were too busy eating a dead squirrel to bother to go in pursuit.
1971 – FJW
The Prince visited his tenants and left after some supper but I had been driven in an Aston Martin.