29th April

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2017 – CHW

I thought this one growing below Slip Rail was Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Hattie Cartham’ but now believe it is the rather similar Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Evamaria’ when I look it up. We have both but I cannot think where the other one is at present.

Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Evamaria’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Evamaria’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Evamaria’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Evamaria’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Evamaria’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Evamaria’
Magnolia acuminata var subcordata ‘Miss Honeybee’ is hardly showing as yet. Rain urgently needed.
Magnolia acuminata var subcordata ‘Miss Honeybee’
Magnolia acuminata var subcordata ‘Miss Honeybee’
Magnolia acuminata var subcordata ‘Miss Honeybee’
Magnolia acuminata var subcordata ‘Miss Honeybee’
A rather sickly Rhododendron ‘Trewithen Orange’. They are always temperamental and disease prone as well as dying like flies. Not out properly yet but nice when it does come out.
Rhododendron ‘Trewithen Orange’
Rhododendron ‘Trewithen Orange’
Another perfect plant of Rhododendron concinnum (see yesterday). It is reddish-purple and that is how the Pocket Guide describes concinnum var pseudoyanthimum! I lose the will to live with all this. Suffice to say that it is an excellent plant and again a much darker and different colour to the Burncoose one.
Rhododendron concinnum
Rhododendron concinnum
Rhododendron concinnum
Rhododendron concinnum
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’? Now another puzzle. This is what the label says but not the plan which suggests, as I suspect, that this is in fact ‘Blue Opal’. We have others so I can check but what I photographed a week or two ago as ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’ may now confuse you. The flowers are certainly blueish! Sadly our original Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ is now stone dead as I discover when going to look today. 15ft or so tall and no obvious reason in the post mortem yet. It was always weaker growing than the Burncoose one in full sun.
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
A perfect blue in the shade on Rhododendron augustinii ‘Electra Group’. A very good form indeed which I had always called ‘Penheale Blue’. On looking it up ‘Penheale Blue’ is a different cross but we could both be correct!
Rhododendron augustinii ‘Electra Group’
Rhododendron augustinii ‘Electra Group’
Rhododendron augustinii ‘Electra Group’
Rhododendron augustinii ‘Electra Group’
The Azalea ‘Babeuffs’ outside the back yard is perfect in the sun but will soon be scorched in this arid corner.
Azalea ‘Babeuffs’
Azalea ‘Babeuffs’
Azalea ‘Babeuffs’
Azalea ‘Babeuffs’
Azalea ‘Babeuffs’
Azalea ‘Babeuffs’
Azalea ‘Babeuffs’
Azalea ‘Babeuffs’

2016 – CHW
The gardeners have completed the cutting up of the huge beech tree which fell on top of Higher Quarry Nursery after about four days’ work for three of them. Enough fire wood for the castle for years. Surprisingly the trunk, which had split on impact, contained no rot at all. The strength of the north wind alone brought it down.
cutting up of the huge beech tree
cutting up of the huge beech tree
cutting up of the huge beech tree
cutting up of the huge beech tree
Astonishingly the vast majority of the newly planted out specie rhododendrons mainly from wild collected Chinese seed have survived more or less intact amid a sea of wood shavings. The lyonia has been cut down and will obviously reshoot but a fine clump of Rhododendron formosum is no more and also the old clump of Rhododendron camplogynum has been destroyed.
newly planted out specie rhododendrons
newly planted out specie rhododendrons
newly planted out specie rhododendrons
newly planted out specie rhododendrons
The new rhododendron planting area outside the front gate has been cleared of stumps ready for planting on Tuesday.
new rhododendron planting area
new rhododendron planting area
At the edge of the clearing is a 15ft tall Enkianthus perulatus flowering early as the leaves emerge. I have never seen this plant in full flower before but there is another at Hardy and Bert’s nursery of a similar age. Delicate white flowers and wrong on the Burncoose website currently where it shows a picture of Enkianthus campanulatus.
Enkianthus perulatus
Enkianthus perulatus
Enkianthus perulatus
Enkianthus perulatus
Enkianthus perulatus
Enkianthus perulatus
Another Magnolia ‘Genie’ has made good growth in a sheltered spot here. One or two flowers are becoming much larger and very much more like they are at home in New Zealand.
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Following Arthur’s retirement the new farm office is nearly complete beside the old blacksmith’s shop and Smiths Gore have given us all the desks, chairs, filing cabinets etc we could ever need to fill it. They moved office yesterday from Lemon Villas to their new combined office with Savills lower down Lemon Street.2015 – CHW
Off to Tregrehan to photograph some more ‘Endangered in the Wild’ plants in the garden there and borrow a few rare plants for the Chelsea stand.Podocarpus matudae from Mexico and Guatemala fits this bill.  As we look closely to photograph the mature plants Tom Hudson, the owner, notices large red fruits in two parts(pod and receptacle).  Tom’s plants are both female but it turns out that there is a third younger plant nearby which must be a male.  Perhaps a new first in the UK for this very rare and tender plant.
PODOCARPUS matudae
PODOCARPUS matudae
PODOCARPUS matudae FRUIT
PODOCARPUS matudae FRUIT
MELLIODENDRON xylocarpum
MELLIODENDRON
xylocarpum

No visit to Tregrehan would be complete without a viewing of Melliodendron xylocarpum.  This tree has huge pinkish white star-like flowers many times the size of any styrax specie flowers.  A must have plant for every woodland gardener.

MICHELIA maudiae
MICHELIA maudiae
MICHELIA maudiae 02
MICHELIA maudiae

Michelia maudiae is in full flower as are many other species.  We discuss the likelihood that at least two other named species are soon to be reclassified as forms of maudiae.  If the naming of michelia species was always difficult this makes the problem worse.  Tom’s Michelia floribunda is very different indeed to the 100 year old Caerhays plant which has much more of an orange tinge to its flowers than his.Tom’s collection of new tenderish Chinese/Vietnamese introductions is quite unique and nothing like it exists elsewhere in the UK.

Aesculus wangii is 20 feet tall.  Ours is about four feet and we have lost three out of five planted out.  Tom says it is very early into leaf and loses come from late frost.

AESCULUS wangii
AESCULUS wangii
AESCULUS wangii 03
AESCULUS wangii
AESCULUS wangii 02
AESCULUS wangii

1951 – CW
Heavy hail showers. Michelia at its best but bruised. Davidsonianum very good and Maddeni’s coming out. Blue Tit and Yellow Hammer perfect. There have been 10 dry days and showers the last two days but very cold in the wind. Daffodils mostly over but still some Auklandii coming out.

1910 – JCW
Iris (Tubergon) at their best. Cherries over. Auklandii would be good but for hoar frost. Recurvas show colour. The last daffs opening. Maples good.

1909 – JCW
Cherries one third open, some good Fortunei. Blood Reds opening. Rhodo campylophytum hardly open, one pink fortunei x Auklandii. Some poets to open now.

1905 – JCW
Picked some L Sophelia in pots and very good seed. The daffs have nearly all gone. Recurvas seed to Dinton. Campylocarpum, thomsonii, auklandii etc open.

1904 – JCW
Carmine pillar opens a bud, several Auklandii’s and an Embothrium or two. Cherries good.

1902 – JCW
Heterocycla, Hemonis and Nigra have been moving for some time. Clematis montana open. Bardoa picked. Cornish Rhododendron going back.

1901 – JCW
I was at Appleshaw, the trumpets were nearly all over, the poets opening.

1897 – JCW
Picked my first pod of seed ripe, Triandrus indoors, Charles found some pink and some white May open. I found Heterocycla throwing up several shoots. Dalhousii opened and Edgeworthii.

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