2019 – CHW
A strange excitement at 7.20am this morning. As I sit letter writing in the study a large grey squirrel repeatedly jumps up at the glass on the window. I presume that since the glass is tinted it could see its reflection as it turned out to be a young travelling male looking for new territory. This often happens at harvest time when young squirrels living in hedgerows by cornfields move on when the corn is cut.
Anyway armed with dog and equipment I opened the front door. The squirrel ran right through my legs and up one of the granite pillars outside the front door. It got as far as the battlements where it found it could not get over the three granite protrusions just below. Amazing that it could grip onto the sheer granite but it will not be returning.
A huge benefit from a day’s light rain and plants are picking up all round the garden.
The young rhododendrons in the frames are looking good.
Sinowilsonia henryi has still not flowered in dappled shade on a hottish bank.
Alison’s hanging basket begonias are a great Top Lodge welcome to Caerhays.
Decided to look further in Kennel Close with more time:Mespilus germanica (2011 planting) now has lots of fruit.
Juglans ailanthifolia (2014 planting) has a wonderful leaf structure if the roe deer will leave it alone.
Prunus serrula ‘Thibetica’ has little peeling bark yet on the main stem but the newer branches are peeling nicely.
Acer campbellii ‘Frangipanense’ has secondary new growth and, despite die back from the top, is now well away with a bit more shelter from the laurel hedge.
Cornus alternifolia, a seedling from our original plant, has made huge growth in four years and is now producing white berries turning black in huge clusters.
Aesculus glabra (2011) also has peculiar shaped conkers (four only) for the first time.
Sorbus thompsonii (2011) has massive grey leaves with whiter undersides and is growing on nicely now that its lower branches have been pruned off to reinvigorate the main stem.