2018 – CHW
Last week’s heatwave while we were away in Ireland has certainly brought the rhodos rushing out but with a short flowering span in the sudden heat.
Rhododendron valentinianum on Burns Bank.
I think this is the most gorgeous colour of any but it is probably a seedling rather than a species. It is close to Rhododendron hodgsonii some say. Others say Rhododendron kesangiae (we exhibit as a kesangiae seedling). The jury is out but, if you like purple, this is fantastic!
2017 – CHW
Now on to Llanover Court garden.
Darmeria peltata as a large clump.
A fine mature plant of Lithocarpus henryi with similar bark and trunk to the Rosemoor plant but rather different leaves.
Quercus pontica – an elderly tree with several main stems.
Sorbus scalaris with leaves and flower forming.
Viburnum cylindricum with many berries still from last autumn. Not a species we grow but quite similar to Viburnum cinnamomifolium and Viburnum odoratissiumum in some ways.
An unknown cotoneaster full of berries too.
I think this is Chionanthus virginicus.
Koelreuteria paniculata with attractive new growth.
Quercus cadicans after a mild winter but with new growth forming.
Magnolia wilsonii early into flower in a mature tree.
Malus ‘Comtessa de Paris’ was especially fine.
An unidentified syringa species.
Wisteria ‘Pink Ice’ perhaps?
Wisteria venista ‘Shiro-kapitan’ just coming out.
Cydonia oblonga – as good a tree as I have seen with copious flower and attractive bark.
Dicentra ‘Valentine’ was tall growing and impressively dark in colour. Well worth growing.
Acer platanoides ‘Crimson King’ in full flower beside the Crawshay’s church.
Back to Llanfair Court for the grand opening of the new rockery border.
Actinidia kolomitka covering a wall.
Cutting the ribbon with Terence, Lizzie and Thomas. Big speech.
More ‘work in progress’!
Rhododendron groenlandicum in the new border.
Cercis siliquastrum about to open in what has become a huge spreading tree in 20 years.
Cercis chinensis ‘Avondale’ growing out of a holly hedge.
Then on to the Sugar Loaf Mountain where the Chenevix-Trenches have started a garden sunk deep in a gorge. The trees were planted 30 years ago by Rosemary Verey. Now rhododendrons are the name of the game.
Prunus serrula with tiny white flowers with the foliage. I had not seen this in flower before and will not be rushing!
A 30 year old clump of Picea omorika.
The summer house surrounded by young Japanese acers.
Picea breweriana doing well.
Rhododendron ‘Boddaertianum’ pinkish in bud, opening pale mauve-white.
The house from across the valley.
A fine clump of Euphorbia ‘Fireglow’ by the house.
As much flower as you could possibly get on the usually rather dull culinary bay tree (Laurus nobilis).
2016 – CHW
Sophora japonica ‘Sun King’ is full out at the greenhouse. We planted out three of these by the playhouse four to five years ago and all three are now dead from cold although one lasted a couple of years more than the others. No point really in planting this one out.
I trip around the garden with Asia to help identify the scented rhododendrons currently in flower from which cuttings will need to be taken in four to six weeks when still soft (fragrantissimum, formosum, Princess Alice, Lady Alice Fitzwilliam, Berts Own, HarryTagg, Anne Teese, ciliicalyx, Countess of Haddington, Michaels Pride etc).
Outside the backyard on the bank are two rather different evergreen azaleas, ‘Tebotan’ and ‘Blushing Bride’. The latter resulted from one of those Christmas time potted azaleas unusually proving to be a half decent garden plant. Tebotan, as I remember it years ago, was a smaller bush with more delicate flowers so I may yet stand corrected on the naming of this.
Good to see some of our tissue culture grown plants of long standing old favourites doing well. Rhododendron broughtonii has a spreading creeping habit and has sat happily and unnoticed towards Green Gate for decades. Now thanks to the work at Rosemoor by Ros Smith we have saved this hybrid for posterity and have several new clumps getting going.On our travels we bump into three more rather new and startling magnolias in full flower; two for the very first time.
Magnolia ‘Swedish Star’ looks from a distance to be a ‘Yellow Bird’ but, on closer inspection, it is a really good new addition to the yellows collection. Time, yet again, to check the reference books. It is greenish yellow with a good shape, opening flattish.
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Pink Surprise’ (unnamed hybrid). This horror is a surprise alright and gets my vote as the most insipid and revolting ‘new’ magnolia colour yet. You would not inflict it even on your mother-in-law. Clearly an American product presumably as seed via the Magnolia Society International.
Magnolia ‘Green Bee’ is another Belgian from Philippe de Spoelberch which is good but not perhaps quite as good as ‘Lois’ or ‘Daphne’. The latter is not even showing colour here yet but Lois will merit the camera in a couple of days. ‘Green Bee’ does get into the current top 10 yellows but not quite the top 5. However it may yet improve like ‘Yellow Lantern’.
1984 – FJW
HRH came and a happy day was had by all.
1982 – FJW
CHW married Emma Richey at Woodstock – Mag nitida in evidence.
1973 – FJW
Big leafed Rhodo’s very bad – only 4 Sinogrande flowered – decorum x ‘Humming Bird’ flowering at 4 years (1968 cross) – 4 out of 18 plants – interesting to see them next year.
1945 – CW
1934 – JCW
Fairly free from frost or storms so far. No sign of a maddeni hybrid anywhere. I saw Mag mollicomata flowering for the first time. It is not quite open.
1928 – JCW
Truro Show. Much has been broken by wind and frost. A fair show but being well arranged it seemed very good to most there. Have had no Maddeni’s since about Christmas. Auklandii now opening.
1913 – JCW
The Cherries in the shooting ride at about their best (additional note: all but one died in 1925 and the same sort of thing in the Drive). The Auklandii x Arboreum going back, the Broughtonii are good, particularly in the Beech Walk. Primroses wild very good.
1908 – JCW
Heavy snow. Marvels are good, and a hard frost which cut the Auklandiis a good bit.
1907 – JCW
Altaclarence seedling opening. Tropaoleum tricolor is well out. One R auklandii opening.
1899 – JCW
Found Tropaoelum tricolor open.
1898 – JCW
Saw the first Azalea altaclarence open.