2020 – CHW
Tree ferns have been lifted and planted in an old tree trunk and in a stone circle once constructed for this purpose. These were self-sown tree ferns from the edges of the fernery. Doubt the one in the old oak stump will survive a hot spell next year.
A garden tour in the drizzle for a group of 10 VIP Americans who were interested and enjoyed a bit of un-PC banter. We did not dare talk about Trump but I got the feeling that they might well be voting his way next year. I hope some will revisit us in the spring.
Vitex agnus castus only just out in flower. The Americans enjoyed the story about the true meaning of the name for the ‘chaste tree’ (see the plant care article on the Burncoose website for more slightly sordid but amusing details).
Surprising how things have picked up and grown on after having been killed off (we thought) by The Beast.One fine clump of new Echium pininana seedlings set to produce flower spikes next year.
The first camellia of the autumn is out! I have been looking but had missed this young plant which was only planted out in the spring. Camellia sasanqua ‘Variegata’ is variegated in both leaf and flower. Rather attractive I think anyway although my father hated all variegated plants.
The Symplocos paniculata clump is plastered in lovely blue berries. Very few last year. Asia needs to get collecting seed at once. What a display!
The mushroom circle has appeared on the lawn again but not quite where it was last year.
2015 – CHW
Three new photinias planted in 2011 from Crug Farm nurseries have all got fruit on them but the habit, fruit clusters and leaf forms are very different.
Photinia villosa var laevis
1998 – FJW
Sasanqua out. Same as 1992. Has been a wet September on top of wet year so far.
1992 – FJW
Home from holiday to find Sasanquas out.
1967 – FJW
Using the family spade as an Assegai, Neal Bruce Miller killed a pigeon in the Auklandii Garden.
1940 – CW
We are getting over a very long dry spell and had some rain 10 days ago but still very dry. I find even the cyclamen suffered badly. The magnolia in my old garden had over 25 flowers out on the 25th and now the berries on the best cornus have been good for weeks. Not much colour so far – Camellia sasanqua out on wall.