Wednesday 16 October 2013
The Dovecote in the Mairi Garden has been taken over by Muehlenbeckia complexa, commonly known as maidenhair vine, a deciduous climber, very pretty small leaves, hardy with a creamy white flower in summer. This hasn’t been cut down for about ten years. Jonathan is going to cut it down to below roof level, I don’t think I can bear to watch. I had hoped to get a before and after picture but the heavens opened at lunchtime so couldn’t get the after.
We were on maintenance work along the entrance path from car park to reception and at the lookout. This ongoing work is not as interesting as a lot of the work we do but is vital for keeping Mount Stewart in tip-top condition for visitors and that in itself makes it a very satisfactory job for us. The volunteer teams have become old hands at this and Jonathan just lets us get on with it.
Rain stopped play at lunchtime. I hate this and went home in a huff.