2020 – CHW
The trash around the top pond has been cut. What a silted up mess of trees it was before we cleared it out three years ago. Our dragonfly survey in 2011 found 12 species but not all were then identified as actually breeding. This clearance may well help them and other pond life. I suspect the new ELMs grant scheme in 2024 may need a new dragonfly survey.
A trip to Hook Norton to view the newly acquired pub in the town of Benson and then to the brewery for the Hooky Awards with 38 publicans and their wives present. The Carpinus betulus in the brewery car park was looking particularly fine with the seed heads showing a hint of pink.
Stewartia rostrata already showing autumn colours at its extremities but remaining green elsewhere. This really is a remarkable tree and the seed pods are nearly ripe too. I hope more people will grow this in full sun and enjoy it through the seasons as much as we do.
The sunshine encourages a trip to the Georges Hut area to see what is new here.Hoheria sextylosa ‘Pendula’ is full out from top to bottom. None of the other hoheria varieties (including Hoheria angustifolia) have any flower at all. Hoheria sextylosa is late this year.
The new clump of Hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanille Fraise’ by the fernery and in the shade have grown well and flower late in the season. The ‘ice cream’ colours are only just starting to show on some lower flower heads.
2015 – CHW
Magnolia ‘March till Frost’ is one of two in the garden living up to its name. These flowers seem larger than those in the spring and are, as expected, darker in colour. The slugs have hugely enjoyed the tepals in the recent wet weather but this second flowering is far better and more prominent than on the much vaunted Magnolia ‘Star Wars’ autumn showing.
Nearby is the wonderful Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’, easily the best cornus in flower here amongst the many photographed in July. There are a few orange strawberries showing up but not that many.