27th February 2019
Unseasonably warm dry weather, had to cut some of the grass and water some of the new additions in our plant world. Some of the garden is showing signs of early life like the magnolias but others have ignored the unusual warmrth. The fruit trees in particular show no hurry to leaf yet. All the leylandii stumps on the north-east border have now been pulled out. Just the weed membrane to remove then work can begin on the new fencing.
Both magnolias are in full flower, even the stellata has a few flowers showing. The dark red camellia on the left has flowers too. The tall cypress is home to an owl, they have been very active of late and not just at night. There are numerous small holes in many parts of the garden, and when the grass was cut around the potting shed a maze of vole runs were exposed which might explain the owl activity. There is evidence too of the voles pulling up moss and taking it to their holes, which is helpful as there is so much of the stuff suffocating the grass.
The north Devon bank running along the border with the Morwelldown Plantation is the last part of the garden we haven’t touched, and is now being cleared of brambles and nettles to make a home for more snowdrops, wild garlic and aconites. Some of the bluebells which get in the way of mowing are being moved here too. The lower overhanging branches of the beech and oak trees along the bank have been pruned to allow more light into this part.
For most of the year we can’t see the sun set from Morwell. In summer the woods to the north and west are in leaf and the sun sets behind them. In winter it is usually too cloudy or too cold for us to go out and look. But the recent fine weather has coincided with the sun setting in a gap just above the big rhododendron as seen from the pagoda. There are a few flowers on the magnolia stellata on the right, very early for this tree.