2020 – CHW
Lockdown Number 2 is now in place so back to making videos for the website. Today one about the possibly oldest five Camellia sasanqua in the country with Karol behind the camera. Unbelievably tedious and totally unnecessary in Cornwall where our COVID rate is now 47 per 100,000 of population. Way below that in the north of England where it is at 170 to 250 per 100,000 AND Cornwall has been heaving with visitors since 4th July when the last lockdown formally ended.
Guests in our holiday lets are (surprisingly) allowed to stay on if they wish under the rules rather than being sent home immediately.
About 20 staff on furlough again here – marketing department, house staff, Vean staff etc but they can now work one (or more) days a week if we so wish and we can afford to pay them with no Vean or shooting income for a month (at least).
Camellia ‘Takinini’ full out by the Playhouse and an exceptional colour.
2019 – CHW
One of our two Laburnocytisus adamii has blown out of the ground in last Friday night’s gale. Totally uprooted.
A new batch of plants from Stervinou nurseries. Camellias and Polyspora mainly. Most are large enough to plant out immediately.
The clump of Rhododendron maddenii at Donkey Shoe had to be cut back as some branches had died off. Several layers moved elsewhere in the process which was unexpected.
The darker pink original Camellia sasanqua is now full out.
2015 – CHW
Below Slip Rail I find a nice surprise. Eriobotrya deflexa has enjoyed the warm and then wet summer and has produced a secondary flush of bright brownish red new growth every bit as good as the spring new growth. Perhaps flowers and fruit next year which I have never seen on this species. Eriobotrya japonica has fruited at Burncoose in the lower walled garden but the tiny oranges were never quite edible.
What I think is Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Pink Champagne’ has pink tinged fruits which were yellow when we last looked at this and probably then assumed the wrong name. It is also known as a x watereri variety. Help needed please? It is clearly a large spreading evergreen tree but all the others I have seen elsewhere have had red berries.