16th September

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2021 – CHW

Buddleia forrestii in flower by the garden entrance. White buds turning pinkish when they open with pink centres to the flowers when open.

Buddleia forrestii
Buddleia forrestii
Buddleia forrestii
Buddleia forrestii
To give more light to the river and because the area was full of dead elm and dying ash we sought a felling licence to clear the bottom of the Portholland Valley below Parnalls Hill Wood. The licence did not arrive on time due to COVID so work only started a month ago. We have retained all the mature oak trees and some of the best mature hollies. Some of the stumps will regenerate and we will consider replanting later. Natural regeneration may be adequate.
Portholland Valley
Portholland Valley
Portholland Valley
Portholland Valley
Portholland Valley
Portholland Valley
These pictures show part of the old pumping system which pumped water up the hill to serve Caerhays and Portholland villages and neighbouring farms until the mid-1960s when mains water arrived. There were a series of lagoons in the river which fed water to gravity fed water pumps or rams. You can see some of these here but the system had three other similar ram sheds which still exist today further down the river towards Portholland. As a small child I used to go (in a Simca van) with Jim Trudgeon (farm manager) down the Portholland road where we would stop and listen to hear if the rams were all working. Often they were not and quick action was needed. This was a time of outdoor privies and few houses had bathrooms. Still fewer had washing machines. The requirement for water in households was rather less than it is today.
old pumping system
old pumping system
old pumping system
old pumping system

2020 – CHW
Some roof repairs to take care of before winter in the farmyard.
farmyard
farmyard
farmyard
farmyard
farmyard
farmyard
We are going to be short of straw this winter and will need to buy some more in after the dry weather reduced the normal crop of straw on the spring barley.
straw
straw
But more than enough silage.
silage
silage
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’ not as coloured as the one at Burncoose.
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’
Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Strawberry’
The quince is, once again, fully laden with fruits.
quince
quince
The third grass cut at Tin Garden so we are now ready to plant the new bulbs.
Tin Garden
Tin Garden
Frankie’s work on cleaning out the dykes continues.
dykes
dykes

2019 – CHW
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.
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
A late flower on Magnolia sieboldii while ripe seed pods cover the rest of the bush.
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
This was once a Nothofagus antarctica but it has been smothered by alder growth so that the Nothofagus is just one small branch within the trunk. The Nothofagus is just the third bit in from the left. It is almost as though the Nothofagus was grafted onto an alder but more likely self-sown competing seedlings.
Nothofagus antarctica
Nothofagus antarctica
Nothofagus antarctica
Nothofagus antarctica
Zanthoxylum simulans plastered in small reddish fruits which are not yet ripe. The trunk of this small tree has enormous spines as do its branches.
Zanthoxylum simulans
Zanthoxylum simulans
Zanthoxylum simulans
Zanthoxylum simulans
Zanthoxylum simulans
Zanthoxylum simulans
Zanthoxylum piperitum has many less spines on its trunk but nasty ones on its branches. The reddish fruits were ripening and opening to reveal black seeds as you can see here. My hands smelt strongly of pepper after the seed gathering for Asia.
Zanthoxylum piperitum
Zanthoxylum piperitum
Zanthoxylum piperitum
Zanthoxylum piperitum
Zanthoxylum piperitum
Zanthoxylum piperitum
One of the three 50 to 60 year old Aesculus wilsonii at the entrance to Old Park has a great many smallish conkers which are still far from ripe. This is a late flowering Aesculus species so no surprise. The tree with conkers was hit by a falling branch from an oak a few years ago. This let in more light and most of the conkers are on younger regrowth.
Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii

2018 – CHW
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.
Rosa filipes
Rosa filipes
Rosa filipes
Rosa filipes
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’ was covered in fruits. Since I spotted them first the pheasant poults have taken at least half of them. I have never seen the fruit on this tree before.
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’
Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’
Catalpa bignonoides, the Indian bean tree, living up to its name. Another tree which is used to hotter temperatures and is performing well after the dry summer. While we have had some pleasant drizzle and light rain we really do need a downpour soon to get plants going again. The hydrangeas on the drive are drooping their leaves and look terrible again.
Catalpa bignonoides
Catalpa bignonoides
Catalpa bignonoides
Catalpa bignonoides

2017 – CHW
Western Power hoist in the new transformer into the back yard. No damage to the Magnolia ‘Leonard Messel’ so far.

new transformer
new transformer
new transformer
new transformer
The electrical connections to the mains under the wall look rather insignificant!
electrical connections
electrical connections

2016 – CHW
No entry.
2015 – CHW
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.
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata

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.

Crabiodendron yunnanense
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Crabiodendron yunnanense

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