2017 – CHW
A two hour trip in the bus to Stourhead to meet the Hoare family and tour the garden in some style with the head gardener.
View across the lake
Off to Old Park to plant 22 more magnolias and some rhodos with the dogs.Three plants of wild collected Rhododendron racemosum are nicely in flower but a rather insipid colour compared to other forms which can be white or darker pink..
Nearby a newly planted Magnolia ‘Petit Chicon’ has its first yellowish flower.
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’ is now quite a beacon above the rockery and well worth its place.
At last a little drizzle opening to a morning of thick fog. The beech tree by the Green Gate (ex Werrington) has suddenly popped its leaves overnight. It was noticeable in Oxfordshire that there was more leaf on the trees than in Cornwall although the crops, rape especially, looked just as poor and stunted. Hopefully more rain tomorrow and spring will have set.
So to Rosemoor for the RHS main rhododendron show (1 ½ hours’ drive). John Anderson was taken ill just before leaving Exbury so no entries from them sadly. However this allowed Caerhays and Werrrington to claim a lot of the silverware. Caerhays were awarded:The McLaren Challenge Cup – any species of rhododendron – one truss
The Crosfield Challenge Cup – three hybrids of different parentage bred and raised in the garden of the exhibitor(RHS)
The Quicke Cup – for best magnolia in show (South West Group – Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group)
In its history since 1933 the McLaren Cup had never been won by Caerhays.
While Werrington won the Roza Stevenson Challenge Cup – any species – one spray.
Pictures of the cups and some of the entries themselves are featured here. The RHS cups are far too expensive to be given to the winners for the year so this is all you will see of them until they re-emerge from their packing cases at next year’s centenary show.
Rosemoor Garden is developing quickly with excellent new woodland walks and much new planting. Sadly many of Lady Anne Palmer’s rhododendron species nearest the house are nearing the end of their lives or now have died of old age.
Magnolia ‘Morning Glow’ near the house was superb. Huge flowers for a smaller growing plant with unusual dark markings on the tepals.
1990 – FJW
Bluebells at their peak – Michaels Pride, Saffron Queen, Nancor and loderi all out.
1984 – FJW
Puffkins left us after at least 18 years.
1982 – FJW
South Georgia retaken. First swallow seen.
1968 – FJW
Shy flowering of Big Leafed Rhodo’s.
1959 – FJW
Mag veitchii nearly over. Rain has come after a hot week. Nitida in flower for first time since my arrival here. Michelias magnificent. Few flowers on Sinogrande – Big rhodo’s shy of flowers this year. The maples good. The cherries nearly over or spoilt by stems.
1921 – JCW
The Auklandii’s are goodnow but not all open. Zuelanicum x Auklandii are nice. A few Azaleas show, Schlippenbachii remains good, just a bud or so open on Mag wilsonii. Augustinii go back. Maddeni hybrids very good indeed in new planting, not yet in 40 Acres.
1908 – JCW
Snow again last night, just as above.
1907 – JCW
The Recurvas seedlings are coming out. Maples have begun to show.