2020 – CHW
I went looking in a field which frequently has giant mushrooms in it but it had been recently grazed by cattle and these two were all I found. My new book, the Collins Complete Guide to British Mushrooms and Toadstools, suggests these are ‘Parasols’ (Macrolepiota procera). A fairly common mushroom but not clear if it is edible?
Salvia x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’ and Salvia ‘Amistad’.
And another one with almost ripe seed heads which are now purplish-black.A replacement Schefflera macrophylla planted this year.
2019 – CHW
A search for fruits and berries on the drive.
Stewartia rostrata with plump seed heads which are nearly ripe. The recent strong winds have blown many onto the ground so Asia needs to keep an eye on what are left.
The Lapageria ‘Picotee’ has suddenly produced a huge cluster of flowers 10-12ft from the ground and growing up over some Camellia sasanqua. Quite the best it has ever performed.
Sycopsis tutcheri is doing well and the buds showing at the end of the twigs may yet turn into early spring flowers. It is clearly an evergreen species with a dainty leaf arrangement.
Just look at the multitude of flower buds for next spring on Paulownia elongata!
2015 – CHW
A good specimen of Acer campestre which I think I planted as Acer campestre ‘Carnival’ which is supposed to have creamy white margins to the leaves. These are nowhere to be seen today but white variegation is often irregular or patchy and may only be apparent in spring. The tree has a compact habit with delicate and intricate leaves which will soon turn yellow.
Cornus kousa ‘Wendel Weeping’ has a few smallish fruits but is not going to be anything startling in this department.