2021 – CHW
Amid heavy showers some topical tip website videos with Karol. This cock pheasant observed us from a stump.
The huge clump of Camellia sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’ above Rogers Quarry is full out and splendid on a windy day.
Yet another filthy wet day but just time to catch a little more autumn colour at Burncoose.Sassafras albidum a lovely red in the till area even if a slug has had a bite or two.
2018 – CHW
Acer rufinerve ‘Hatsuyuki’ (a champion tree) has good autumn colour and wonderful snake bark. Jaimie has cut down several camellias around it to show it off properly.
Work is coming on apace with the conversion of two barns to holiday lets at Tregaire Barton.
Scaffolding now erected in the back yard to effect repairs to the bell casement above the clock. The bell has been turned off for 50 years as it used to chime every quarter of an hour. The roof casing is lead and this heavy structure seems inadequately supported. The four wooden supports seem rotten but, hopefully, there is metal within them? Very inaccessible. The clock is wound once a week and runs fast in dry weather and slow in the wet so the time is never quite correct. The mechanism operates on two hessian ropes on pulleys with huge lead weights which reach down to ground level. The bell itself is dated 1813.
No diary entry for 2015.
November Pink and Noblissima well out – another 24 flowers on High Hat.
1932 – JCW
Just as in 1931
1931 – JCW
C sasanquas are just starting to flower. Lapagerias good. Some fuchsia as usual in the Tin Garden showing. Some rare evergreen acorns from Bruce Gardner. Too much wind for really good colour.
1906 – JCW
Cycylmen leaves now begun to be good, roses yet nice, lapageria good, Camellia sasanqua very good, solanum very nice, cassia good yet.