2020 – CHW
Some roof repairs to take care of before winter in the farmyard.
A trip to Forty Acres Wood to see what is seeding over there.The original Schefflera macrophylla has seed heads which will not be ripe for several weeks. Last year they fell to the ground and deer ate them before we got there. Note how the large bow which we cut for Chelsea two years ago has quickly re-sprouted three large shoots.
Rather more rose hips on Roy Lancaster’s wild collected Rosa filipes than last year. They rise above the plant which is well over the top of the castle gate wall and glistening in the sunlight this evening. Well worth Asia growing a few of this vigorous but beautiful specie climbing rose.
2017 – CHW
Western Power hoist in the new transformer into the back yard. No damage to the Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’ so far.
Another collecting evergreen cuttings day for Burncoose with six black bags to go including some particularly prickly hollies which they will not like at all.We took cuttings from Stewartia pteropetiolata which we know will root but there are plenty of good seed pods forming all of which look fertile.
Crabiodendron yunnanense (record tree) has had only a few very late flowers some 20 feet up in the crown of the tree. We have seen this tree set seed lower down but it has proved easy from cuttings. The flowers are pieris like and normally much better than they look here.