2019 – CHW
A clump of Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ still happily in flower in full shade on Hovel Cart Road. It will certainly make it into September.
A trip around the garden with Ned Lomax, the head gardener from Glendurgan. Aralia vietnamensis has shot again vigorously from the base after the ravages of The Beast killed back the main 12-15ft tall stem.
The dogs firmly tied on in the tent during the clay shoot. Dexter won the dog scurry (behind the spaniel).
The Hortensus hydrangeas may be past their prime on the drive but the paniculata varieties are absolutely at their best. Here Hydrangea paniculata ‘White Lace’, planted in 2009 as a five plant clump in the open / full sun, have made a massive display. The flower heads vary in size and shape from the top of the plant to the lower branches.
2015 – CHW
In Kennel Close planting to catch up on early autumn:
Aesculus pavia ‘Splendens’ has lost its leaves but still the first conkers I have seen on our 2011 aesculus collection plantings.
Carpinus ranhanensis from Crug Farm has a delicate show of secondary new growth after the rain. Attractive foliage indeed.
1976 – FJW
Dryest year for 250 years we are told – slight rain in evening after a summer of drought – damage in garden very grave and is as bad as a v cold winter.
1970 – FJW
Corn and straw all harvested and collected. Yield light both in grain and straw. 60 acres in 5 days fine weather.
1961 – FJW
19 loads of humus around the wood. The whole of the Rockery, Auklandii Garden – 1550, Tetropeplum hybrid, Salutation, Donation, Iteophyllum, Saffron Queen, Diaprepes, Humming Bird, Crassum – 2 Camellias by tree ferns, one up by Crossbill – Aberconwayii, 3 Camellias, Mag and Auk hybrids, H cinnarbar hybrids, Golden Oriole 1 and 2, Trewithen Orange, Rhabdotum, Megacalyx Golden Oriole, G.Blandford, Caerhays.