23rd April

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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.

Magnolia sapiensis
Magnolia sapiensis
Magnolia sapiensis
Magnolia sapiensis
Carrieria calycina – the largest I have seen in full sun. Presumably close to its first flowering.
Carrieria calycina
Carrieria calycina
Carrieria calycina
Carrieria calycina
Quercus crassifolia – not looking too evergreen. Nice bark.
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus crassifolia
Quercus flocculenta – hardly like an oak at all.
Quercus flocculenta
Quercus flocculenta
Schefflera delavayi – not one so far in the Caerhays collection.
Schefflera delavayi
Schefflera delavayi
Schefflera delavayi
Schefflera delavayi
Schefflera taiwanensis – very similar in habit to ours. Multi-stemmed.
Schefflera taiwanensis
Schefflera taiwanensis
Schefflera taiwanensis
Schefflera taiwanensis
Schefflera macrophylla – a mammoth!
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Rhodoleia aff henryi – another exotic evergreen from Vietnam.
Rhodoleia aff henryi
Rhodoleia aff henryi
Rhodoleia aff henryi
Rhodoleia aff henryi
Iris confusa – very delicate and pretty. Only seen the white form previously.
Iris confusa
Iris confusa
Iris confusa
Iris confusa
Iris confusa
Iris confusa
Paulownia tomentosa – the best shaped and most floriferous tree of this sort I have seen.
Paulownia tomentosa
Paulownia tomentosa
Paulownia tomentosa
Paulownia tomentosa
Euphorbia x pasturei – Euphorbia mellifera is one parent. Not quite out yet but mellifera, alongside, was much as ours seen yesterday.
Euphorbia x pasturei
Euphorbia x pasturei
Euphorbia x pasturei
Euphorbia x pasturei
Quercus panosa – a nice one we must get and could sell.
Quercus panosa
Quercus panosa
Quercus panosa
Quercus panosa
Podophyllum ? melanthum in full flower. Well worth growing in damp and shade.
Podophyllum ? melanthum
Podophyllum ? melanthum
Podophyllum ? melanthum
Podophyllum ? melanthum
Lonicera tatarica ‘Hacks Red’ or ‘Arnold Red’ – not sure which but very good in full sun in a hot dry bed.
Lonicera tatarica ‘Hacks Red’ or ‘Arnold Red’
Lonicera tatarica ‘Hacks Red’ or ‘Arnold Red’
Lonicera tatarica ‘Hacks Red’ or ‘Arnold Red’
Lonicera tatarica ‘Hacks Red’ or ‘Arnold Red’
A well pruned and manicured old wisteria with no specific name. Can we identify what it is? A few photographs for the wisteria pruning article though.
Old wisteria at Penrice Castle
Old wisteria at Penrice Castle
Old wisteria at Penrice Castle
Old wisteria at Penrice Castle
Old wisteria at Penrice Castle
Old wisteria at Penrice Castle
Old wisteria at Penrice Castle
Old wisteria at Penrice Castle
Paeonia ostii – a tree paeony variety.
Paeonia ostii
Paeonia ostii
Pear ‘Doyenne du Comice’ well trained against a wall for generations.
Pear 'Doyenne du Comice'
Pear ‘Doyenne du Comice’
Pear 'Doyenne du Comice'
Pear ‘Doyenne du Comice’
A fig tree pruned and pleach trained onto a wall.
fig tree
fig tree
fig tree
fig tree
Magnolia ‘Lois’ in full sun (which ours are not) is superb. Arguably better in habit and colour than Magnolia ‘Daphne’. Quite the best thing in the garden today.
Magnolia ‘Lois’
Magnolia ‘Lois’
Magnolia ‘Lois’
Magnolia ‘Lois’
Magnolia ‘Lois’
Magnolia ‘Lois’
Quercus multinervis is another good, stable and attractive species.
Quercus multinervis
Quercus multinervis
Quercus multinervis
Quercus multinervis
Quercus engleriana much like ours and with a side shoot like ours which we just cut off. First time it has produced flowers at Penrice.
Quercus engleriana
Quercus engleriana
Quercus engleriana
Quercus engleriana
Quercus engleriana
Quercus engleriana
Gordonia seczwanica – growing well in dappled shade.
Gordonia seczwanica
Gordonia seczwanica
Gordonia seczwanica
Gordonia seczwanica
Persea japonica – not as exciting as Persea thunbergii.
Persea japonica
Persea japonica
Seven years since we last visited Penrice. Many of the very rare oaks and other Vietnamese/Chinese trees are maturing and developing well. Thomas has 120 different oak species planted out now. Quite a collection but the best stand out – Quercus rhysophylla and Quercus semicarpifolia especially.

2016 – CHW
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.
Lithocarpus henryi
Lithocarpus henryi
Lithocarpus henryi
Lithocarpus henryi
Lithocarpus henryi
Lithocarpus henryi
The Caerhays magnolia entries in the single spray classes were Magnolia ‘Margaret Helen’ and Magnolia ‘Tropicana’ which won first and second prize. In the other spray class Magnolia ‘Caerhays Surprise’ came first and in the yellow magnolia class Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’ also came first. A single flower of Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ came second and we were also beaten in the other single magnolia flower class (but only just into second and third). Jaimie received the magnolia cup from David Millais, chairman of the Rhododendron Camellia & Magnolia Group, for the most points won overall in the magnolia classes.
Magnolia ‘Margaret Helen’
Magnolia ‘Margaret Helen’
Magnolia ‘Tropicana’
Magnolia ‘Tropicana’
Magnolia ‘Tropicana’
Magnolia ‘Tropicana’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Surprise’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Surprise’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’
Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’
Jaimie received the magnolia cup from David Millais
Jaimie received the magnolia cup from David Millais
Michael also received an RHS rhododendron cup for the class with six single flowers of different rhodo species. This was a different cup from the rather larger one which we won last year when Exbury gardens did not attend.
Michael also received an RHS rhododendron cup
Michael also received an RHS rhododendron cup
six single flowers of different rhodo species MONTROSEANUM
six single flowers of different rhodo species MONTROSEANUM
six single flowers of different rhodo species CINNAMOMEUM
six single flowers of different rhodo species CINNAMOMEUM
six single flowers of different rhodo species SUOILENHENSE
six single flowers of different rhodo species SUOILENHENSE
six single flowers of different rhodo species CALOPHYLLUM
six single flowers of different rhodo species CALOPHYLLUM
six single flowers of different rhodo species PRAESTANS
six single flowers of different rhodo species PRAESTANS
six single flowers of different rhodo species MACABEANUM
six single flowers of different rhodo species MACABEANUM
Also of great interest in the show and well worth obtaining for here were:

Litsea populifolia

Litsea populifolia
Litsea populifolia

Camellia ‘unknown’ (a form of Camellia tsai?)

Camellia ‘unknown’ (a form of Camellia tsai?)
Camellia ‘unknown’ (a form of Camellia tsai?)
Alnus ?

Lindera ?

LINDERA pulcherrina
LINDERA pulcherrina

Camellia reticulata ?

Camellia reticulata
Camellia reticulata
And various camellias
various camellias SHIZITOU
various camellias SHIZITOU
various camellias MATTERHOM
various camellias MATTERHOM
various camellias IN THE PINK
various camellias IN THE PINK
various camellias HOWARD ASPER
various camellias HOWARD ASPER
various camellias DIDDYS PINK ORGANDIE
various camellias DIDDYS PINK ORGANDIE

2015 – CHW

RHODODENDRON 'Harry Tagg' 02
RHODODENDRON ‘Harry Tagg’
RHODODENDRON 'Harry Tagg'
RHODODENDRON ‘Harry Tagg’
The Scots are well informed on rhododendrons but not as expert as I had feared. The scented Rhododendron ‘Harry Tagg’ is not as good a ‘smellie’ as last week’s ‘Anne Teese’ –both Glendoick hybrids. They do not seem to know ‘Anne Teese’ any more than we did.I take them to the original Forrest clump of Rhododendron leptothrium which none of them can name. It is one of those I have had a mental blank about too so do not tell them the answer but offer seedlings as a prize for whoever works it out over dinner that night with the pocket rhododendron guide (page 378). Not a hugely exciting species but one which, unusually for Caerhays, does self-sow itself in profusion.
RHODODENDRON 'Anne Teese' 03
RHODODENDRON ‘Anne Teese’
RHODODENDRON 'Anne Teese' 02
RHODODENDRON ‘Anne Teese’
RHODODENDRON 'Anne Teese'
RHODODENDRON ‘Anne Teese’
RHODODENDRON sinonuttalii
RHODODENDRON sinonuttalii

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.

Magnolia ‘Stellar Acclaim’ looks a small muddy yellow from a distance but close up it is a mix of colours and not very attractive. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ is now full out above the Crinodendron Hedge. Not bad but x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ has no sign of any colour as yet while x brooklynensis ‘Eva Maria’ is nearly over.
MAGNOLIA 'Stellar Acclaim' 03
MAGNOLIA ‘Stellar Acclaim’
MAGNOLIA 'Stellar Acclaim'
MAGNOLIA ‘Stellar Acclaim’
MAGNOLIA 'Stellar Acclaim' 02
MAGNOLIA ‘Stellar Acclaim’
MAGNOLIA 'Woodsman'
MAGNOLIA ‘Woodsman’
MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Eva Maria'
MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis ‘Eva Maria’
MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Black Beauty' 02
MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis 'Black Beauty'
MAGNOLIA x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
RHODODENDRON 'logan Damaris' 02
RHODODENDRON ‘Logan Damaris’
RHODODENDRON 'logan Damaris'
RHODODENDRON ‘Logan Damaris’

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'
MICHELIA ‘Touch of Pink’

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.

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