2020 – CHW
So we discover that Public Health England is cumbersome, slow and bureaucratic and has ignored offers of help from the private sector with testing kits which could help the government meet its, self-imposed, target of testing 100,000 people a day by the end of April. Surprise, surprise!
Perhaps the public health service is not quite so wonderful after all?
It would seem that PHE rather than the government should actually take the blame for the shortages of testing kits and their inability to roll out a testing programme before the pressure from public opinion to end the lockdown makes this a reality.
Currently the opinion polls reveal that the public are scared and approve of lockdown but it will not last when they understand more of the reality of where we are.
The 750,000 volunteers to help with the NHS, care homes, elderly etc have been given nothing to do. PHE’s incompetence and dislike of not being in control presumably and job protection.
Of the 91,000 available beds in the NHS 37,000 remain empty this weekend. The new Nightingale Hospital in London with its 4,000 beds has hardly two dozen patients. So we have ‘saved’ the NHS, as we were all asked, at the expense of all those sick people kicked out of hospital (or unable to attend) to make way for the pandemic panic? What are their death rates?
Ninety percent of patients dying of corona have at least one other major health problem. Despite the personal tragedies are there not many more away from the corona virus itself? When will people understand that there is a balance of risk which has tilted too far one way only.
Tim has recently passed his chainsaw course and, earlier last week, he felled a huge leylandii above the Auklandii Garden to make way for a planting of short lived scented rhododendrons next spring. He had taken off his helmet to take the applause from the camera! The tree fell exactly where it should straight down the path hitting nothing on its way.
2019 – CHW
This may well be the much hunted for Staphylea bolanderi. We will see in a day or two when the flowers are properly out. So far it looks on target to be true to name.
Day four of the Irish trip – click for full details.
Overnight at Ballyvolane House and onwards to Mount Congreve.
2017 – CHW
Magnolia ‘Sunray’ is fairly unexceptional with three flowers and a few more to come. Far too many named ‘sun-something’ and none are that different!
A nice young Rhododendron sinogrande seedling flowering for the first time in shade above Rookery Path. A bit pale but anyone would swap this for a flower at this exceptionally young age.
At last a day to enjoy the garden albeit on a popular (public) sunny day with the dogs annoying the visitors’ ‘dogs on leads’ enormously.Azaleodendron ‘Hardijzer Beauty’ is really a shrub for a large plot but impressive today nonetheless. A weak and insipid garden plant.
Two forms of Magnolia x brooklynensis coming out early. Usually fine to cut for Chelsea.
Magnolia ‘Sunray’ is not as poor as I thought 10 days ago and has held its colour well. Large flower, good shape when open.
We need to catch up with ‘Woodsman’ shortly but still in tight bud.
1987 – FJW
2300 around the Garden.
1973 – FJW
Swallows seen – very dry and rather cold. Mags excellent. Caerhays Surprise A.M (Award of Merit)
1972 – FJW
Uncle George will take up Vibro massage in 10 years time.
1959 – FJW
F.J.W killed fox cub in New Planting with a spade.
1953 – CW
Truro Show on 21st. We sent no Magnolias as best over, Robusta, Mollicomata. One M and 1 Robusta late seedling at their best. Single Camellias and Reticulata species past best. Garden Reticulata not yet at best – Arboreums going over.Davidsonianum and Augustinii just coming well out also Auklandii hybrids and some Auklandii. Michelias very good. An odd bit if Maddenii. Still a lot of daffs.
1928 – JCW
Daffs over all but the two poets. Gordonias cut back to last years wood. Reticulatas nearly over. Augustinii nice but storm beaten. Subhirtellas over and so the best cherries. Auklandii are opening. Corylopsis all frosted.
1927 – JCW
No Auklandii open but there are only one or two blooms on the lot. Daffs are over excepting the two late poets. The standard Reticulatas are good yet. The Gordonia remains good, but the later flowers are smaller.
1924 – JCW
All the Leedsi’s are not fully open and about half the poets. Auklandii blooms may be less than 20 for the place. Mag denudata about 3 blooms open. Subhirtellas, except pendula, are over.
1921 – JCW
A few Auklandii are open. Flowers are rather poor from the cold, dry weather. Just had 5 kinds of Quercus in 10 of each from [?] they took 8 weeks to come and all look very well. The daffs are over.
1902 – JCW
I pricked open and crossed a white Auklandii with a white Arboreum.