2020 – CHW
An abandoned guinea fowl egg in an old nest in Kennel Close. Hopeless parents!
Jamie and the team have burnt up the fallen branch on the Ilex oak opposite the front door.
A young Rhododendron sutchuenense with plenty of developing seed heads for Asia to gather when they are ripe.
2017 – CHW
A trip to below Slip Rail to view the autumn colour.
Cotoneaster frigidus ‘Inchmery’ now has much more riper fruit than I saw a week ago. Asia will need the long handled pruners to gather up enough seed to send to David West. It is faintly apricot in colour now having been yellow earlier.
The first flowering seen here of Clethra pringleyi and very late in the season it is too. Not remarkably different from other clethra species in all other respects I suggest but nice enough today.
2015 – CHWOsmanthus yunnanense now growing into a large shrub. We must cut the old plants back at Georges Hut so they can reshoot. The immature foliage here has spines on the leaves which you do not see on mature plants. Still too immature to flower but will not be long.
Just the odd flower left on Eucryphia lucida. This plant seems to be out much later than the plants at the top of the garden which I photographed ages ago.
1930 – JCW
Lapagerias and cyclamen are good. Neriiflorums quite nice. Several new rhodo’s to flower, also Sargentii and Denudata seedling.
1928 – JCW
Came home from the north, a good season for plants but a dry August to mid Sept, perhaps the best corn and hay harvest known, a bad season for rhodo buds.
1920 – JCW
Came from Scotland this morning. The villages and towns of Cornwall all lack water in many places as never before, but things like evergreen oaks, magnolias and the smaller rhodo’s in well dug and well mulched beds look very well indeed but it is a poor flowering year.
1925 – JCW
Came from Scotland and London last night, many things have done well, a few dead or sulky but on the whole a really good season with more flower bud on the small things than for some time.
1921 – JCW
Came from Scotland after the drought of our time. The ground is very dry now but I don’t see the dead plants I expected to see. N.B it took about 2-3 years to show them.
1917 – JCW
Home from Scotland, 24 species of rhodo’n in flower. it has been very hot and dry and there should be many deaths amongst the shrubs. N.B there were in 1920.
1911 – JCW
Solanums, lapagerias and cyclamen all very good. C paniculata very fine. Many, probably all the big Chinese have set for flowers, and many of them for the first time. Camellia sasanqua in flower and full of promise.