1st April

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
CH Williams Profile Picture
CHW 2015-
JC Williams Profile Picture
JCW 1897-1939
C Williams Profile Picture
CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

A trip to look at more magnolias flowering for the first time but many distractions!

Rhododendron edgeworthii x leucaspis – the rhododendron season is rushing on and we rush to see it all properly!

Rhododendron edgeworthii x leucaspis
Rhododendron edgeworthii x leucaspis
Rhododendron edgeworthii x leucaspis
Rhododendron edgeworthii x leucaspis
Magnolia ‘March-till-Frost’ with its true flowers at the proper time. Much darker and muddier in colour in the second autumn flowering.
Magnolia ‘March-till-Frost’
Magnolia ‘March-till-Frost’
Magnolia ‘March-till-Frost’
Magnolia ‘March-till-Frost’
Camellia reticulata (white) flowering for the first time by the greenhouse. Entirely genuine and entirely new to us. We never knew there was such a thing as a white reticulata.
Camellia reticulata (white)
Camellia reticulata (white)
Stapylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’ with more flower than I have ever seen before on such a small tree. Fourteen years from planting.
Stapylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’
Stapylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’
Stapylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’
Stapylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’
Stapylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’
Stapylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’
One of the two old original Magnolia salicifolias full out. Poor picture I fear in drab light.
Magnolia salicifolias
Magnolia salicifolias
A fine Magnolia ‘Caerhays Surprise’ reigning above a rhododendron at its absolute best even without the sun. One of several seen in the garden today.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Surprise’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Surprise’
A young Magnolia ‘Yakeo’’s second flowering in Kennel Close. The 25 year old original plant is half dead as of last summer. Over flowering as it’s a ‘twice a year’ performer I expect.
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Angelica’ – entirely new to me in its first flowering in Kennel Close. Nothing startling I fear.
Magnolia ‘Angelica’
Magnolia ‘Angelica’

Magnolia ‘Apollo’ – probably our largest plant of this in full display.

Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia sprengeri ‘Daisy Diva’ – we saw this last year with only the odd flower and were unimpressed and doubtful if it is actually a sprengeri but I am probably being rude to a magnolia breeder I know and like so shut up! Not a showstopper this year either.
Magnolia sprengeri ‘Daisy Diva’
Magnolia sprengeri ‘Daisy Diva’
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’ – another new one to us. Make your own mind up?
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Lucy Carlson’ – another variation on a theme which I have done to ‘loebneri death’ in the last few days. Pinkish in bud but is it really different enough to merit a name?
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Lucy Carlson’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Lucy Carlson’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Lucy Carlson’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Lucy Carlson’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Lucy Carlson’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Lucy Carlson’
Are you utterly sick of new magnolias yet?
Magnolia kobus ‘Octopus’ is improving with age and at least deserves its name.
Magnolia kobus ‘Octopus’
Magnolia kobus ‘Octopus’
Magnolia kobus ‘Octopus’
Magnolia kobus ‘Octopus’
Magnolia kobus ‘Octopus’
Magnolia kobus ‘Octopus’
Carpinus japonica – first ever ‘catkins’ on this 10 year old tree which had good autumn colour featured on this blog last year.
Carpinus japonica
Carpinus japonica
Carpinus japonica
Carpinus japonica
Carpinus japonica
Carpinus japonica
Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’ in full flower and not seen like this before.
Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’
Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’
Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’
Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’
The view of the various michelias from Donkey Shoe.
view of the various michelias
view of the various michelias
Rhododendron ‘Anne Teese’ from Glendoick just coming out. The ‘smellies’ are early.
Rhododendron ‘Anne Teese’
Rhododendron ‘Anne Teese’

AND now to the closing meet of the Four Burrow Hunt at the beach. Saw the first house martin by the big tower at 7.15pm. A day or two earlier than last year on a sunny day with brief heavy showers.

Four Burrow Hunt at the beach
Four Burrow Hunt at the beach
Four Burrow Hunt at the beach
Four Burrow Hunt at the beach
Four Burrow Hunt at the beach
Four Burrow Hunt at the beach
Four Burrow Hunt at the beach
Four Burrow Hunt at the beach
Four Burrow Hunt at the beach
Four Burrow Hunt at the beach
Four Burrow Hunt at the beach
Four Burrow Hunt at the beach
Here is our three vases of magnolias entry which came second and predictably/deservedly so at Boconnoc. No cup this year! Well done to those who finally beat us to it!
Cornwall Garden Society flower show at Boconnoc
Cornwall Garden Society flower show at Boconnoc
Cornwall Garden Society flower show at Boconnoc
Cornwall Garden Society flower show at Boconnoc
Cornwall Garden Society flower show at Boconnoc
Cornwall Garden Society flower show at Boconnoc

2016 – CHW
Camellia x williamsii ‘Elsie Jury’ should be added to the list of genuinely excellent upright growing x williamsii varieties suitable for pots or growing as a hedge. That makes six photographed in the last few weeks or so.

Camellia x williamsii ‘Elsie Jury’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Elsie Jury’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Elsie Jury’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Elsie Jury’
Rhododendron grande is coming out genuinely late this year here and at Burncoose. It is often out in mid February. The Rhododendron sutchuanense hybrids alongside it are just going over and have been out for five weeks.
Rhododendron grande
Rhododendron grande
The same Magnolia campbellii Alba seedling does not look nearly as fine as yesterday without a blue sky to go with it. The close ups show just a hint of pink and a very campbellii alba shape.
Magnolia campbellii Alba seedling
Magnolia campbellii Alba seedling
Magnolia campbellii Alba seedling
Magnolia campbellii Alba seedling
Magnolia ‘Kews Surprise’ with M campbellii alba seedlings behind it is similarly drab today but what a setting!
Magnolia ‘Kews Surprise’
Magnolia ‘Kews Surprise’
The young Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’ is looking at its peak today. As I have said before, slightly darker in colour than our old plants.
Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’
Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’
Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’
Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’
The granite boulder from Penryn Granite arrives at the cashpoint / entrance to the garden with the KPK trailer and Jonny Cann. Arthur Broom and the fore end loader on the tractor are on hand to move it into place. A square in the boulder has been cut to hold the Christie’s/HHA Garden of the Year plaque which is to be presented to us on Tuesday. Hope it fits! This operation goes rather more smoothly and easily than I had expected or feared with the strapping holding up and only one bit of fiddling about to get it into the perfect position. Apparently the first boulder which Lucinda selected in the quarry was even bigger with a smooth polished face but, as the plaque square was being cut out, it split in two so what we actually have is a replacement. Hopefully rather cheaper than the £600 originally quoted which seems a little excessive for a bit of granite delivered by us.
granite boulder from Penryn Granite
granite boulder from Penryn Granite
granite boulder from Penryn Granite
granite boulder from Penryn Granite
granite boulder from Penryn Granite
granite boulder from Penryn Granite

I wait in vain for four hours for the visit of Ian Baldick, a renowned magnolia breeder from New Zealand, and a Dutch magnolia nurseryman who were due to arrive ‘soon after lunch’. No sign of them at 6pm and no phone call. Sadly half of planned garden visits at this time of year end up being hours of hanging around for people who are late! They eventually turn up at 9.50pm having inadvertently gone to Burncoose first! When do they eat ‘lunch’ in New Zealand?Lizzie has today had the original painting by Barbara Oozeerally which she gave us recently wonderfully framed. It is a life size Magnolia sprengeri Diva var Burncoose, accurate in every detail to the plant (52 years old) growing beside the conservatory at Burncoose and bred by Arnold Dance. A wonderful gift from a most remarkable magnolia artist. I doubt it will photograph properly but visitors can see it now on the castle tours (which I have to say are also a remarkable pain in the arse if you try to live and work amid them).

Jaimie, Michael and the team are off to stage our exhibits in the Cornwall Garden Society Spring Show at Boconnoc. One van breaks down on the way back which means a long day but Jaimie says the magnolia entries are ‘nothing special’ (apart from one I hope!).

Then Jim Pascoe, Chairman of the Fourburrow Hunt Supporters Committee, turns up to check out the dos and don’ts for tomorrow’s hunt meet at Porthluney beach. Do not go in the garden or Old Park we say (as usual) knowing not all the 100 or so riders will take any notice but there we are. It will be quite a spectacle for the unwitting garden visitors tomorrow and perhaps the New Zealanders too!

I saw the first house martin returning from Central Africa tonight on the lawn. A few days earlier than some years. Lizzie saw a kingfisher on the watermeadows yesterday and heard a skylark on Tuesday. Spring is here!

2015 – CHW

Specimen tree ferns planted
Specimen tree ferns planted

Planting of the new fernery goes well in Cheshire despite a strong gale. 11 specimen tree ferns planted in specially prepared stone troughs in part of a quarry alongside a dozen other varieties of fern, some evergreen and some deciduous. The fernery now requires water to trickle down through it to create the damp microclimate they all need but this is being sorted by a Dutch expert in water features who comes from Norfolk. Further planting of specimen trees and hamamelis along the entrance drive but all placed out by 12pm leaving James and his team to complete the planting before the bank holiday weekend.

1997 – FJW
Very fine Easter spell – Magnolias have been excellent but over.

1995 – FJW
Magnolias past their best – evergreen azaleas progress – camellia very good.

1990 – FJW
Very dry, very warm March. All deciduous Magnolias out at once – brozzoni, campbellii.

1973 – FJW
1 flower still on lapageria.

1972 – FJW
P.M.W died.

1970 – FJW
Snow – enough to whiten the ground – taking down Diva, Diva seedling in O.P, white Robusta, dark red Pieris and Charles Michael.

1960 – FJW
First cuttings taken out of electric frame – 57 Cam ‘Caerhays’ out of 52 put in. Some roots 15” long after 8 months.

1947 – CW
(Typed postcard attached to Garden Book page)
Award of Merit given to Camellia ‘St Ewe’ by R.H.S.

1941 – CW
The big storm of March 31st took down the Macrocarpa in cutting and several trees below drive and end of Old Park.

1933 – JCW
The daffs have never been better. Camellia speciosa most blooms of any plant. Magnolia sargentii is the best of all the magnolias open.

1931 – JCW
Daffs about their best. Magnolia’s speciosa, stellata and kobus open. Kobus is the best excepting Wilson’s big Denudata.

(Handwritten note attached to Garden Book page)
About March 1st, 1 Cam speciosa to P.D.W; 15 Cam speciosa to Michael, Caerhays; 5 to G.H.J.
28362 Mulinensis, 28365 Pulchella; 28366 Brevifolia; 28524 Meconopsis horridula; Gentiana nigescens.

1912 – JCW
An Auklandii flower open, nearly a record.

1899 – JCW
Narcissus Plemp open and 131.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*