2023 – CHW
No rain at all for 5 ½ weeks. Grass cutting has begun this week and the first rhododendron drought casualty is quickly obvious.
A morning with Cressy and Asia identifying and locating key plants to propagate. We are two to three weeks away from starting rhododendron cuttings and there was quite a list of stock plants to find on their lists.
The ewes have gone to the farm for shearing and the lambs are looking bothered in their absence.
Euonymus morrisonensis in full flower. Starting to become a large spreading shrub.
The G7 leaders leave St Ives this evening. The owner of the Carbis Bay Hotel, for whom our landscape team have been working since mid-January, promises a picture of Boris and Biden on our hastily laid new lawn or amid our landscaping works. We will see if this materialises. The sight on TV of Boris swimming in the bay by the hotel was a bit ‘Mr Blobby’ and really was not suitable for the 2022 Burncoose catalogue which I have been proofing for the last four days!Cornus kousa chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’ with flower bracts still creamy in the shade and now with red spots in full sun.
Cornus ‘Norman Hadden’ (Cornus kousa x Cornus capitata) is making a decent tree in Kennel Close and flowering nicely this year. It is growing right beside the C. capitata which makes for an interesting comparison.
The whole garden has perked up with the recent rain after a drought of six to eight weeks with only a single day of light rain. That is the end of hand watering young plants for a bit.
Another flower or two on a separate Rhododendron yuefengense. This one is a darker pink with nice pink striping on the outside of the trumpets.
2019 – CHW
A horrid NE wind and quite a bit of twig debris on the paths but, at least, more good heavy rain. Up to the Rookery to inspect this year’s new planting there for the second time recently. Quite sizeable branch debris here in the teeth of the wind.
Probably too cold and stupid a place to have put Merrilliopanax alpinus unless something has eaten the emerging leaves? Perhaps drought too but it is 85% dead. I think we have another in the frames to try out next spring somewhere rather better.
Away at a board meeting at Belvoir Castle. Our latest plant supply is now happily planted by the old monastic lakes at Croxton Park and the hydrangeas and gunnera are settling in nicely but it is still very dry in Rutland!Meanwhile Jaimie and his team have been busy at home.They have trimmed the elm regrowth by the now restored Nash arch on the Battery Walk.
2017 – CHW
I had nearly missed the Styrax wilsonii still in the greenhouse too. The smallest flowers of all the species which we so far know here. We planted two others out but they are currently lost in the tall vegetation and we will not now complete this year’s planting plans until after the first cut. I cannot remember exactly where we put them.
Work on the old kennels is nearing completion and is well underway on capping off and repairing the kitchen garden walls before the pheasant poults arrive in two to three weeks.Rothwell construction have moved on well considering how difficult access is. We now have a useful building for garden visitors and shoot party drinks but I really do wonder quite what ‘we’ (ie the taxpayers) are preserving for posterity that is useful in the kitchen garden walls themselves.
2015 – CHW
A few oddities to amuse anyone who thinks a spring garden has no surprises left!
Ilex latifolia – who would have expected a holly to be producing an abundance of red berries in June? Some are still green but most are ready for the birds who have scattered seedlings of this plant allover the garden in shady areas. The old original trees now look ancient and sick.
Prunus laurocerasus – one very seldom sees it set seed quite as copiously as this.
Aesculus indica ‘Sidney Pearce’ – when you look closely some of the white flowers have pink centres while some are yellow. Male and female flowers together?
1918 – JCW
Much of our daff seed has been picked after a long dry period. Rhodo bloom done in by it. Foxgloves very good. A Arborescens is open in part.
1917 – JCW
I sowed some Cyclamineus seed today, some is unripe. Shrubs much as above. 40 Acre and pond shooting ride bit of valley very fine.
1916 – JCW
We are picking some daff seed. P. helodoxa is very good. The following rhodo’s are in flower – R brachycarpum, R brachyanthum, R zealanicum, R lepidotum, bits of Auklandii, various Azalea hybrids and Waterer hybrids including R picotee with one or two Maddeni hybrids.