2020 – CHW
This is, I think, the Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum) although there seem to be many sorts of puffball which are quite similar. Not much ‘puff’ with all this rain.
A barn owl has taken up residence in the Tin Garden shed. When Jaimie visited the shed to measure up for visitor information boards it stunned itself trying to get through the window but was thankfully released unharmed. We need an owl box in the current opening to avoid problems like this when the gardens are open. The tiny window high up the wall was left out for swallows and a wren to nest inside. We had not bargained on a barn owl as well.
2018 – CHW
A large clump of Camellia sasanqua ‘Rosea Plena’ in full flower and flooding the area with scent. As good as I have ever smelt it.
Plenty of side shoots growing well to take as cuttings next week from Schefflera pauciflora.
The English partridges have arrived at Tregirls Farm near Padstow as the start of our reintroduction project with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. There were five hand reared coveys of 12 to 18 birds each. They will be released in about a week but appear to have travelled well and settled in well. There is hope for the project.
2015 – CHW
In the clearing above the original Magnolia campbellii a tiny spring rises to create a boggy area where everything we have planted has quickly died from waterlogging; especially big leafed rhododendrons. The only thing which has worked here is what I think is Taxodium distichum ‘Pendens’ although it is billed as a 2006 planted metasequoia. I can find no reference to an obviously weeping form of metasequoia so must assume it is a taxodium. Anyway it has branched out into a splendid dome and will soon produce autumn colour so one to watch. It very clearly likes its bog with a few wild candelabra primulas nearby. There is no obvious leader to the tree and it is not like Taxodium d. ‘Nutans’.
1999 – FJW
November Pink well out – taking 5 camellias to Garden Society Dinner.
1998 – FJW
House martins seen around the house – still very wet and stormy.
1995 – FJW
First perfect flower on Camellia High Hat – sasanquas fully out.
1928 – JCW
Sasanquas are opening. Colour on some of the Acer palmatums etc has been. The fruit on Berberis polyantha is very good. Neriiflorum on the steep bank is quite fair and has been for sometime. Lapagerias good. Some Magnolia delavayi’s are in flower.