14th April

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2017 – CHW

Magnolia ‘Limelight’ below the tower is very like ‘Yellow Lantern’ but has a strange low spreading habit as does the one at Burncoose.

Magnolia ‘Limelight’
Magnolia ‘Limelight’
Magnolia ‘Limelight’
Magnolia ‘Limelight’
First flowerings in the new rhododendron plantings in Old Park. A very good dark form of wild collected Rhododendron thompsonii. Much better than what we have.
Rhododendron thompsonii
Rhododendron thompsonii
Rhododendron thompsonii
Rhododendron thompsonii
Magnolia ‘Felicity’ x ‘Eric Savill’ – first flower but poor!
Magnolia ‘Felicity’ x ‘Eric Savill’
Magnolia ‘Felicity’ x ‘Eric Savill’
A good new light coloured clump of Rhododendron racemosum in Old Park.
Rhododendron racemosum
Rhododendron racemosum
Rhododendron racemosum
Rhododendron racemosum
Magnolia ‘Genie’ still looking splendid above the Crinodendron Hedge weeks and weeks after we first saw it in this blog.
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’ is improving having fallen over and needing re-staking.
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ looks a little different from the one below Tin Garden but nice enough.
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ really is the best of these brooklynensis hybrids providing you catch the flowers as they just emerge from the very black buds and ahead of the leaves.
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
An elderly clump of Rhododendron loderi types which I had completely forgotten about and may have missed completely for years.
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Magnolia ‘Peaches ‘n’ Cream’ seems very like ‘Peachy’ and ‘Daybreak’?! Perhaps I am being unfair to a first single flower.
Magnolia ‘Peaches ‘n’ Cream’
Magnolia ‘Peaches ‘n’ Cream’
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’ – is battered but not exactly impressive or different as yet. Only its second year of flowering though.
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’
Magnolia ‘Gold Finch’ – small flowers and not one to get too excited about if you are collecting yellows.
Magnolia ‘Gold Finch’
Magnolia ‘Gold Finch’
Magnolia ‘Gold Finch’
Magnolia ‘Gold Finch’

2016 – CHW
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.
Michelia foveolata
Michelia foveolata
Michelia foveolata
Michelia foveolata
Magnolia soulangeana ‘Alexandrina’ by the mist houses is not really that different from the plain M soulangeana except perhaps that the flowers are larger. A good spot for it beside the drive. I only bought this variety because the Bolithos wanted one to plant on their horse’s grave. The horse was called ‘Alexandrina’.
My new planting of smaller scented rhododendrons by the mist houses (largely for cutting material) are coming on nicely. Rhododendron ciliicalyx is nicely in flower.
Rhododendron ciliicalyx
Rhododendron ciliicalyx
Rhododendron ciliicalyx
Rhododendron ciliicalyx
Chorezima illicifolia is a superb ‘pea’ flowered climber for the greenhouse only with prickly leaves. It used to grow in the Burncoose conservatory pre my brother’s renovations. It will flower away for months but prefers some shade as its leaves scorch in full sun.
Chorezima illicifolia
Chorezima illicifolia
Louisa, the Burncoose propagator, has acquired somehow a Correa pulchella orange form (normally it is pink) which looks quite nice and is certainly rather different even if it looks tender. Not normally in flower now?
Correa pulchella orange form
Correa pulchella orange form
A nice crop of young plants from our cuttings of Rhododendron ‘Snow Lady’ (ciliatum x leucaspis) are just going over in the big glasshouse. No scent left.
Rhododendron ‘Snow Lady’
Rhododendron ‘Snow Lady’
Michelia ‘Fairy Blush’ is full out and I have not seen this in flower myself before. Better pick a couple for Caerhays!
Michelia ‘Fairy Blush’
Michelia ‘Fairy Blush’

2015 – CHW

Magnolia accuminata ‘Fertile Myrtle’ x Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’
Magnolia ‘Tropicana’

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.

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