2017 – CHW
Western Power have started the work to install a new transformer in the back yard.
The annual tree survey at Burncoose where we identified three trees (eucalyptus, ilex oak and monkey puzzle) for immediate felling as a danger to the public. Erica cinerea ‘Joseph Murphy’ – back in stock in the nursery. A great autumn flowering variety.
2015 – CHW
Seeds on Camellia tsaii which are an odd shape and an odd colour. I have never seen seed on this specie camellia before but may well never have looked. Camellia tsaii is as near to the true Indian/Chinese tea plant as it was thought possible to grow in Cornwall before Tregothnan came along and started to pretend to be growing (all) their own tea. The true tea camellia is Camellia sinensis in all its many forms. Whether Tregothnan tea as sold at Fortnum and Mason for £15 to £20 per (small) packet actually has even 2% of Tregothnan grown tea leaves in it is an open question which is unlikely to get a straight answer if you were to dare to ask.
Cotoneaster hauliense must have come from Crug. It is in the new clearing nearest to Tin Garden and suddenly caught the eye with its large chubby bright red berries. In the main cotoneasters are pretty dull even when in berry but this is rather good. I doubt the berries will last long when the pheasants see them.