2018 – CHW
Another fine day in a fine week. The cherries are starting and, at last, some half decent or even good new and younger magnolias rather than the crap from three days ago.
Prunus matsumae ‘Beni-yutaka’ planted in 2006. I had not realised that we had a mature matsumae variety. I bought this from Thornhayes nursery with no idea they were to become all the rage today. Now a big vigorous tree with striped bark.
Magnolia ‘Limelight’ below the tower is very like ‘Yellow Lantern’ but has a strange low spreading habit as does the one at Burncoose.
A day at Burncoose with Karol photographing in the nursery all day but we escape into the garden.Michelia foveolata now has about a dozen flowers which are white when full out and not slightly creamy as they were on first opening. Not much scent today and this is never going to be the scented eye catching plant that is Michelia doltsopa. Nevertheless a new first for Burncoose.
2015 – CHW
To London for a Garden Society dinner. Took only Magnolia ‘Fertile Myrtle’ x sprengeri ‘Diva’. No new names suggested by the members. Briefly, earlier in the afternoon, got stuck in a lift with and operated by the Duke of Westminster who was unamused!
Update – it is now named ‘Tropicana’
2003 – FJW
House martins seen – fine year for Magnolias and Camellias. Dry March and fairly dry so far. Primroses lasted very well.
1993 – FJW
Swallows seen. A blessedly wet April.
1990 – FJW
Very mixed up year. 4 fearful gales. New beech is coming into to leaf and Rho fargesii.
1968 – FJW
3400 on Open Day. Magnolias have been good but cold dry spell has kept back the mid season stuff. A good soak urgently needed.
1958 – FJW
Still cold. Things held back and coming slowly. Best things are Calophytum by George’s Hut and Big Red in Bamboo clump at end of 40 Acres. Magnolias discoloured.
1928 – JCW
The frost has gone and so have the rhodo’ blooms (this belongs to March 14).
1917 – JCW
No daffs to speak of, mostly early yellows, the latest season on record, this is the first warm morning for a very long while.
1913 – JCW
R spinuliferum open, also R fargesii. Clematis indivisa remains good. C montana ½ out. Daffs at 451 and mostly over. R reticulata good, cherries half out. Ribes going back. Auklandii arboreums at their best.
1911 – JCW
Daffs would be as good as ever they were had it not been so dry for 10 days. Mag halleana is good, the cherries just show colour.
1910 – JCW
Daffs just at their best, de Graaf is out, very wet.
1906 – JCW
Just as in 1905, the daffodil business is over. Per green eye came out yesterday, the de Graaf have gone off, nearly all the Grandis open, Countess of M very good.
1905 – JCW
Grandis is open. Daffs have gone back, could pick a good King Alfred now, Montana open.
1900 – JCW
Daffodils will not be at their best until the end of this week, only one or two M de Graaf open, but the show last Thursday was the best we have had yet, though many poor flowers were there.
1899 – JCW
I saw a brood of wild ducks about ten days old, most daffs going back. Many tree ferns starting.