29th 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

Look at how high up the trunk ferns have colonised this old Pinus insignis. The tops blew out two and three years ago and we left the bare trunk (60ft of it) for ‘deadwood’ or wildlife as the Forestry Commission now requires. Zero interest in timber production now – all they care about is climate change and bats! Such are the wonders of fading European rule. There are holly trees growing from the trunk too as it all decays.

ferns have colonised this old Pinus insignis
ferns have colonised this old Pinus insignis
ferns have colonised this old Pinus insignis
ferns have colonised this old Pinus insignis

2016 – CHW
The one seed pod on the Magnolia officinalis var biloba is maturing but not yet ripe.
Magnolia officinalis var biloba
Magnolia officinalis var biloba

Magnolia ‘Yellow Bird’ still has nice secondary flowers on show in Penvergate.

Magnolia ‘Yellow Bird’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Bird’

Now secondary flowers on Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’ as well although these are dull by comparison.

Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Fever’
Xanthoxylum simulans’ berries are now mature. James Garnett told me these make cheap pepper which sells in France for €130 per kilo. A few quid here then!
Xanthoxylum simulans
Xanthoxylum simulans

2015 – CHWA Cercidiphyllum japonicum planted in 1991 below Slip Rail is moving from a gorgeous yellow to having tinges of black. With the sun on it it is quite a sight but the Tetracentron sinense beside it, which has equally brilliant red autumn colour, is still pure green. No scent yet from the cercidiphyllum despite a very hot 10 days – hotter than August by a long chalk. Previously an identical record tree stood in the same spot but was felled in the 1990 hurricane.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Cercidiphyllum japonicum

1917 – JCW
Cyclamen wane but are good yet, there is little else but hydrangeas and lapagerias, and the roses are poor now. Finished cutting corn yesterday.

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