2021 – CHW
A chef from Falmouth is determined to have seed from our zanthoxylum or pepper trees to flavour his fish dishes. Apparently the seed do not have to be ripe to fit the bill so I went to Forty Acre Wood today to view the prospects.
Zanthoxylum piperitum is loaded with green seed but cutting off the seed clusters and collecting them is going to be difficult and time consuming with such a prickly tree (last time I photographed these two trees I got the naming the wrong way around). A spreading tree with no easy access to the top.
Eucalyptus leucoxylon ‘Rosea’ looking quite superb with its triangular or heart shaped leaf structure.
2019 – CHW
This huge Osmanthus yunnanensis fell over last year and was pushed back up with a digger after its tops were cut off. Nice to see it shooting from the trunk with dark purple new growth. The tree next to it is the same species and was pollarded earlier due to old age. Its new growth is green not purple as Jaimie noticed before me.
Stewartia serrata has enjoyed the drought. Its new growth has hairs on the stems and leaves as you can just about see here.
MORE from Ventnor.Acacia pravissima as a 15-18ft tree with many seed pods.
On the way early to the mainland but just time to photograph a fine Magnolia grandiflora ‘Goliath’ which has narrower and more pointed leaves than most other forms of M grandiflora. This specimen grows in the garden of a lady who collects succulents and echeveria which I inspected last night. Not my idea of nice plants but each to his own!
The grasscutting in the garden is now up to Georges Hut and a good half way through. Lots of roe deer tracks, rubbing and nibbling and today I see a roe buck with reasonable horns grazing happily in the middle of Kennel Close who ignores my car not once but twice at 40 yards.Eucryphia nymansensis ‘Nymansay’ coming out both outside the front gate and in New Planting. The latter was a record sized multi-stemmed tree until felled in the 1990 hurricane. We chopped it back to six feet and rebedded the roots and it is now back up to 15 feet but still looks a bit starved in comparison to the one in its prime on the drive at Burncoose.
1997 – FJW
Very heavy rain for 3 days now – have not had such a wet spell at this time for years. One flower on lapageria.
1995 – FJW
Madeleine Williams arrived into the world – very hot and dry.
1964 – FJW
Harvest started. Auriculatums fair (Polar Bears excellent) – Eucryphia glutinosa good – Nymansensis will take another week.
1916 – JCW
The Romneya has 400 to 500 flowers open. There is nothing much else except Solanum.
1914 – JCW
The European war began August 2nd 44 years to a day from the last great war. Very few things open except R auriculatum which I am crossing with R ungernii from Treghan, a clean white form.
1897 – JCW
The first red lapageria open and I left for Scotland.