2017 – CHW
A garden visit to Penrice Castle on the Gower Peninsula and a superb lunch in their new 5* seafront restaurant.
Magnolia sapiensis doing well in a dry but shady location.
Early to Rosemoor for the RHS rhododendron show. During judging I found a plant in the garden of Lithocarpus henryi which I do not think grows at Caerhays but which was certainly here once. It is quite similar to Quercus acuta or Quercus glabra in some respects and is one we ought to propagate.
Camellia ‘unknown’ (a form of Camellia tsai?)
Camellia reticulata ?
2015 – CHW
Now that the ‘smellies’ are nearly full out time to brief Asia on the ones to take cuttings from in five to six weeks’ time when they are soft. Rhododendron sinonuttalii has buds for the first time here. A huge plant grew on the conservatory at Burncoose as the picture shows but the scent was overpowering and too noxious to risk cutting a flower for indoors.
We look at Rhododendron ‘Logan Damaris’ which my father always said was the best yellow. The original clump by the podocarpus forest died out years ago but yellows have improved mightily in 40 years and we pass by with little Scottish adulation.Magnolia yuchelia does however grab attention as well it should and there is another good plant above Crinodendron Hedge.
Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’ is just coming out in a very sheltered spot. It should be ‘Touch of Purple’ really as that is what the ends of the buds have today.
1998 – FJW
First house martins seen.
1988 – FJW
David announced his intentions with regard to Sarah Williams. XXXXX Day.
1907 – JCW
Birmingham Show. Most daffs are over, Marvel are good, a few Frian left. Saw the first of my big crop for making Mrs JCW rhodo come into flower, it was sown in 1901.
1902 – JCW
Came back from Appleshaw and Drill Hall last night, a few Marvel seedlings to open and a late poet or two, other things nearly over, picked and opened a ripe bud of Cyclamineus. The best things seen at the Drill Hall and Appleshaw were ‘Mrs Berkley and White Queen with Betty Berkley’. Bought a poet.