2023 – CHW
The islands are the last bit of grass cutting for this year. No wasps nests this time.
2022 – CHW
Jamie’s new form squirrel traps on legs with 3 holes and 2 traps in each box. We can no longer source the Kania 2000 traps from New Zealand so have had to make up our own. The legs mean that the pheasents cannot stick their necks in to try and grab the nuts/ grain used as bait.
A morning at Burncoose where a few new things have recently come back into stock.Abelia x grandiflora ‘Sunny Charms’ is one I had not seen in flower before.
2020 – CHW
Looking again at the Hydrangea paniculata varieties two to three weeks on into flowering is quite revealing as to which are the best value overall.
A few things looking good in the nursery with flowers or foliage:Tricyrtus hirta
Hedychium coronarium still just out on the top wall. No deer damage yet unlike last year.
I set off to photograph the hoherias but they prove not to be out – except Hoheria glabrata which is, as we know, over.A few flowers still left on Rhododendron prunifolium which is odd as late as this.
2016 – CHW
The first pink and white Cyclamen hederifolium are out on the lawn perhaps a little earlier than usual. Time for another attempt to stop young Tim mowing the leaves, flowers or corns.
Certain rhododendrons produce a small secondary flowering in the autumn. Here Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth’ has a try.
Hydrangea aspera villosa, 25 years old and already partly dead, is putting on one (probably) last display.
While we have been away the Eucryphia lucida x cordifolias have come to their best. The flower on this plant is tremendous but the leaf form is nowhere near nymansensis ‘Nymansay’; the best of the crosses between these two species. We have several similar plants dotted about which predate my planting sprees. What else puts on such a show in late August ?
2005 – FJW
Rain after 3 weeks of dry weather.
1973 – FJW
All corn in – 80 acres corn (20 less than 1972) but total grain more.
1915 – JCW
Myrtles on the wane. decorums are very good. R auriculatum (quarry) is over, R auriculatum (Auklandii Garden) plant not yet open. Hybrid Gladiolus are nice. No other shrubs of any value.