2019 – CHW
Part of today has been spent applying for a licence to shoot crows, magpies and pigeons (as well as Egyptian geese) which Natural England has, not very naturally, banned with no notice due to the intervention of Chris Packham and a few ‘naturally motivated’ extremists. One might have thought that a recognised presenter of BBC nature programmes might just have realised that shooting vermin might actually protect the rare and declining bird species which he makes his money filming and talking about. How stupid was that!
Anyway if anyone ever sees an Egyptian goose or a parrot in Cornwall they should of course apply for a licence at once. You can specify if you just want to kill it, destroy its nest eggs or its youngsters. Actually you can specify all three on the ‘Natural’ England form but why push your luck – any one of the three will do! It is a bit like applying for your driving licence and I may well not achieve “the standard (of killing) required by Her Majesty’s Government”.
The world has gone even madder than even non-Brexit could make it so here is a picture of an Aesculus chinensis just coming out into flower.
A visitation and tour from our Chelsea sponsors. A fine weekend and the garden at its best.Isla Rose breakfasting.
I thought this one growing below Slip Rail was Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Hattie Cartham’ but now believe it is the rather similar Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Evamaria’ when I look it up. We have both but I cannot think where the other one is at present.
The gardeners have completed the cutting up of the huge beech tree which fell on top of Higher Quarry Nursery after about four days’ work for three of them. Enough fire wood for the castle for years. Surprisingly the trunk, which had split on impact, contained no rot at all. The strength of the north wind alone brought it down.
2015 – CHWOff to Tregrehan to photograph some more ‘Endangered in the Wild’ plants in the garden there and borrow a few rare plants for the Chelsea stand.Podocarpus matudae from Mexico and Guatemala fits this bill. As we look closely to photograph the mature plants Tom Hudson, the owner, notices large red fruits in two parts(pod and receptacle). Tom’s plants are both female but it turns out that there is a third younger plant nearby which must be a male. Perhaps a new first in the UK for this very rare and tender plant.
No visit to Tregrehan would be complete without a viewing of Melliodendron xylocarpum. This tree has huge pinkish white star-like flowers many times the size of any styrax specie flowers. A must have plant for every woodland gardener.
Michelia maudiae is in full flower as are many other species. We discuss the likelihood that at least two other named species are soon to be reclassified as forms of maudiae. If the naming of michelia species was always difficult this makes the problem worse. Tom’s Michelia floribunda is very different indeed to the 100 year old Caerhays plant which has much more of an orange tinge to its flowers than his.Tom’s collection of new tenderish Chinese/Vietnamese introductions is quite unique and nothing like it exists elsewhere in the UK.
Aesculus wangii is 20 feet tall. Ours is about four feet and we have lost three out of five planted out. Tom says it is very early into leaf and loses come from late frost.
1951 – CW
Heavy hail showers. Michelia at its best but bruised. Davidsonianum very good and Maddeni’s coming out. Blue Tit and Yellow Hammer perfect. There have been 10 dry days and showers the last two days but very cold in the wind. Daffodils mostly over but still some Auklandii coming out.
1910 – JCW
Iris (Tubergon) at their best. Cherries over. Auklandii would be good but for hoar frost. Recurvas show colour. The last daffs opening. Maples good.
1909 – JCW
Cherries one third open, some good Fortunei. Blood Reds opening. Rhodo campylophytum hardly open, one pink fortunei x Auklandii. Some poets to open now.
1905 – JCW
Picked some L Sophelia in pots and very good seed. The daffs have nearly all gone. Recurvas seed to Dinton. Campylocarpum, thomsonii, auklandii etc open.
1904 – JCW
Carmine pillar opens a bud, several Auklandii’s and an Embothrium or two. Cherries good.
1902 – JCW
Heterocycla, Hemonis and Nigra have been moving for some time. Clematis montana open. Bardoa picked. Cornish Rhododendron going back.
1901 – JCW
I was at Appleshaw, the trumpets were nearly all over, the poets opening.
1897 – JCW
Picked my first pod of seed ripe, Triandrus indoors, Charles found some pink and some white May open. I found Heterocycla throwing up several shoots. Dalhousii opened and Edgeworthii.