2021 – CHW
It has been dry enough this week to start to leaf blow the main paths in the garden and dig out the drains. We can open on time on 14th February as planned but only, according to the Lockdown 3 rules, for outdoor exercise around a historic house and not as a ‘leisure’ or ‘recreational’ activity. I read that as being free entry as things appear to stand at present. In other words a gesture to the local community and not for tourists or visitors from further afield. How do we stop visitors from further afield I wonder? If they paid to park at Porthluney Beach I suppose that would seem a fair deal all round.
Betula utilis subsp. albosinensis ‘China Ruby’ (as it is now called rather than Betula albosinensis) is getting established. The bark matures to coppery red after peeling to reveal creamy white bark flushed grey and pink. A little of all the bark forms is shown here.
I have noticed a few ripe cones on Cedrus libani falling to the ground with viable seed for Asia. The dogs have been chewing them up and bringing them into the house to make a mess recently. The bigger question is whether this tree on the bank is Cedrus atlantica (the ‘Atlas cedar’ from the Atlas mountains in Algeria and Morocco or the ‘Cedar of Lebanon’). C. atlantica is thought to be a subspecies of C. libani.So a bit of research and I conclude that I am still not really sure since both have similar barrel-shaped cones and both can have green leaves. On balance I think the leaves are more grey-green than green to I plump for C. libani which is what I bought it as 25 to 30 years ago.
Some cones are ripe and dropping while others are still hard and maturing having only formed last summer.
A young (planted 2012) Quercus canariensis has had some major storm damage in Kennel Close. One of the principal side branches has split badly and the tree has had to be completely reshaped with the whole side branch pruned out. In fact, as you can see, the small young tree now has a better leader and will become a far better tree as a result.
Lindera obtusiloba will soon be breaking bud. A deciduous species of great merit. There is an elderly plant near the house at Rosemoor.
Stachyurus chinensis full of hanging flower tassels. The odd drop of rain still hangs there looking like an early flower but not quite yet!
The garlic is in full growth a good month early under the largest Magnolia veitchii. Not the common one – this one is a stinker!
Camellia ‘Jurys Yellow’ is full out on the bank above.
1968 – FJW
David picked first snowdrops of year.
1967 – FJW
1934 – JCW
Just as in 1932 C speciosa gives us the best flowers now but no Rhodo’s.
1932 – JCW
Caucasicums good again after late frost, Speciosa first open in the wood ( note, not quite over on May 12th), then on the wall new planting C speciosa, latest of all, Hamamelis are better than ever.
1930 – JCW
Late year C speciosa nice in the wood not on the wall. C sasangua over, Coums are late, mucronulatum good, lutescens fair, Erica hybrida fair.
1924 – JCW
Rather behind 1922, Coums are starting but most things are a fortnight later.
1922 – JCW
Hamamelis and mucronulatum v g, some Camellias are nice, C speciosa particularly so, C Coum is showing, C sasanqua is over, a few snowdrops.
1921 – JCW
Hamamelis and Erica hybrida are near their best and very fine. R mucronulatum is only fair. None of the 1912 stuff is good.
1912 – JCW
Aconites showing colour. Camellia sasanqua is yet very good, Coums nice, Ericas good, the first seedling trumpet show colour.
1907 – JCW
Measured Tree Fern frond broken by recent wind 10 feet 6 in by 3 feet 6 in.
1901 – JCW
Another Camellia, several roses about, frost for two nights.
1900 – JCW
I saw the first Lent Lily breaking ground – several roses going now, a snowdrop or two.