2019 – CHW
Two tour groups today. Both two hour guided tours. Amusingly the first from Gardens Illustrated who seemed to have no idea that there was a feature on us in the February issue. The second was a RABI outing with supper which was more entertaining. More tour groups than ever this year as the weather remains fair with coldish nights.
Syringa pinnatifolia is just coming out and, again, well before its normal time.
Day two of the Irish trip with a visit to Bantry House and Illnacullen Island.
A young clump of Rhododendron johnstoneanum ‘Double Diamond’ is nicely out with a slight yellow hue. The single form is lower down the bank and over mature. The white form of ‘Johnnie Johnstone’ really which we planted out two to three weeks ago.
The seasons are changing. The Asiatic tree magnolias are nearly over and we are moving into proper rhododendron time with the yellow magnolias as backup. April has flown by with so much activity here and there is a degree of sadness that, as usual, it is mainly all over for magnolias with never enough time to enjoy them more while they are in their prime. A few more tours with no one to have to chaperone around in next year’s diary I think.
The Magnolia ‘Caerhays Surprise’ in the Auklandii Garden is at its best today.
The Worshipful Company of Barbers lunch and garden tour. Several serious gardeners and none who have ever held scissors. Very jolly lot and the odd peer of the realm.We look at a couple of my father’s rhododendron hybrids:‘Tinners Blush’ and ‘High Sheriff’ were the best two of a range of decorum crosses and were named at Chelsea some 20 years ago.
Rhododendron moorii x euchates by George’s Hut (not the best form) was inspected by the RHS Woody Plant Committee on a visit to Caerhays six or so years ago. They wanted to give it an award of some sort but this never happened due to the administrative balls-up with the Rhododendron Camellia and Magnolia Group which was to be integrated and has now been exiled. A long and boring story of RHS muddled thinking and changes of mind during restructuring and cost saving.
The best Magnolia in the garden today is Margaret Helen on the drive. It does not seem to fade as much as ‘Caerhays Surprise’ which is the same cross as explained earlier. A better plant than ’CS’ but not in bud and when it first comes out. [Karol pinch from website]
And you cannot go up the drive without being stunned by Prunus shirotae. Few cherries have such a wonderful spreading habit or quite such a double flowered inflorescence. The two at Burncoose are just as good.
2001 – FJW
House martins back and active. Cold – damp – miserable – but a little sun.
1998 – FJW
David Clarke died.
1968 – FJW
Dry spell ended. Saw first martins on pond but was told that they had been here for 10 days. Michelias coming. Edgeworthii x Leucaspis and ‘Damaris’ best things out.
1960 – FJW
2000 round the Garden. Fine day.
1959 – FJW
Michelias wonderful as are the Leucaspis Edgeworthii hybs, 2 Mag sargentiana pure – which G.H.Johnstone did not remember seeing properly. (This was almost his last trip around).
Cherries past best. Auklandii coming out well. Pink and white never better, also Tom Tit, Pink Maddeni above big camellias very good – also large Lacteum Rho very good and Sinogrande. Daffodils largely over. Two fuschias showing flower, one Mrs Pople out. Pink magnolias over Veitchii been very fine. Also Sargenteanum from below Engine House.
1923 – JCW
Yunnanense of Wilson are now very good. The Cart Road Calophytum is opening and the first of the Caerhays raised Auklandii; the Conservatory plant is just over, and the Heligan plant not yet open. The lower rockery rhodo of P.D’s is wonderful; most of Broughtonii are over. Only 4 Campylocarpum buds in the peace. Daffs are over all but the late poets. Maddeni x just on.
1910 – JCW
Cerasus pendula remains very good. This is the mid season for poets.
1908 – JCW
Good Friday. 3/4 of the de Graaf or less open, very near 1901. A lot of hot sun of late. Primroses very good.
1897 – JCW
White Indica out in the Drive.