2nd April

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CW 1940-1955

2018 – CHW

Another filthy wet day to cap off a depressing Easter weekend from a business point of view. The water meadows are flooded to record levels overnight. A nursery day to try to cheer everyone up after such a poor visitor weekend. The plants are all still in full dormancy with little sign of new growth yet. We have been lucky that the mail order held up so well (only £30k down on the previous March) – garden centre trading disastrous all over the country.

water meadows are flooded
water meadows are flooded
water meadows are flooded
water meadows are flooded
water meadows are flooded
water meadows are flooded
water meadows are flooded
water meadows are flooded
water meadows are flooded
water meadows are flooded
water meadows are flooded
water meadows are flooded
Datura sanguinea in the Burncoose conservatory flowering well out of its normal season (July to September) but rather good nevertheless.
Datura sanguinea
Datura sanguinea
Datura sanguinea
Datura sanguinea
Datura sanguinea
Datura sanguinea
Corydalis solida ‘Beth Evans’ in a group in the nursery. An impressive plant with no cold damage at all.
Corydalis solida ‘Beth Evans’
Corydalis solida ‘Beth Evans’
Corydalis solida ‘Beth Evans’
Corydalis solida ‘Beth Evans’
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’ flowering three months late in this peculiar year. Not bad though.
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’
Distylum myricoides ‘Blue Cascade’ with its first flowers and new growth. Still to see any blue but presumably this will be evident in the new growth.
Distylum myricoides ‘Blue Cascade’
Distylum myricoides ‘Blue Cascade’
Distylum myricoides ‘Blue Cascade’
Distylum myricoides ‘Blue Cascade’
A quick trip to Old Park to view the magnolias in a drizzly afternoon.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Alba’ now full out. Hard to photograph against a grey sky.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Alba’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Alba’
A good Magnolia mollicomata, the best seen this year in fact.
Magnolia mollicomata
Magnolia mollicomata
An elderly Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’ now not covered by trees and starting to flower well.
Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’
Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’
Rhododendron sinogrande just coming out. One of several large plants in Old Park.
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
A good Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’.
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’
A very good clump of Rhododendron calophytum. Some pure white and some with a hint of pink just above the Beech Walk path.
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron calophytum

2017 – CHW

A still and sunny day. The garden a torrent of scents and colour.

Rhododendron soilenhense is now at its absolute best.

Rhododendron soilenhense
Rhododendron soilenhense
Rhododendron soilenhense
Rhododendron soilenhense
Rhododendron soilenhense
Rhododendron soilenhense
Magnolia ‘Sunray’ just coming out. No great merit. There are lots very similar and not worth their place.
Magnolia ‘Sunray’
Magnolia ‘Sunray’
This plant of Rhododendron sinogrande was totally exposed to the wind after we made the veitchii clearing. Tiny leaves and struggling to live. Now that other things have grown up to protect it, flowers aplenty for the first time.
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron sinogrande
Rhododendron magnificum with its first flowers on the main ride.
Rhododendron magnificum
Rhododendron magnificum
The two old Magnolia soulangeanas on the main ride looking great in the sun.
Magnolia soulangeanas
Magnolia soulangeanas
Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’ is always very early into leaf with an initial orange hue turning yellowish.
Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’
Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’
Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’
Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’
Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’
Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’
Rhododendron calophytum beside the acer.
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron loderi ‘King George’ just coming out and a bit early. No scent yet.
Rhododendron loderi ‘King George’
Rhododendron loderi ‘King George’
Rhododendron loderi ‘King George’
Rhododendron loderi ‘King George’
First flowers showing colour on Michelia ‘Mixed up Miss’. Lots more still to come.
Michelia ‘Mixed up Miss’
Michelia ‘Mixed up Miss’
First flowers on this Rhododendron rothschildii. Not a species I ever remember growing here. Like so many of these big leafed species the flowers fade so quickly that unless you catch them just out it is hard to know which is which by colour anyway. Rhododendron eximium is next door and similar in colour if not in leaf.
Rhododendron rothschildii
Rhododendron rothschildii
Rhododendron rothschildii
Rhododendron rothschildii
Magnolia ‘Tinkerbelle’ – first flowering. Small flowers but a good reddish colour.
Magnolia ‘Tinkerbelle’
Magnolia ‘Tinkerbelle’
Magnolia ‘Tinkerbelle’
Magnolia ‘Tinkerbelle’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Ladys Maid’ is of US origin and very late into flower. Its buds have a nice way of hanging down on the bush before they open fully. Well worth growing.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Ladys Maid’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Ladys Maid’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Ladys Maid’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Ladys Maid’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Ladys Maid’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Ladys Maid’
Rhododendron lepidostylum plastered in flower in the Rockery. These have nearly all died out of old age on Burns Bank but this one is in its prime.
Rhododendron lepidostylum
Rhododendron lepidostylum
Rhododendron lepidostylum
Rhododendron lepidostylum
Rhododendron lepidostylum
Rhododendron lepidostylum
This Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’ was split asunder last autumn in strong east winds. We will wait to see where the new shoots spring from on the stem before deciding exactly how to trim and reform what is left into a sensible shape with a new leader so the plant can grow on again.
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Magnolia ‘Yellow Lantern’
Rhododendron niveum on Sinogrande Walk. See how the flowers fade in colour with age.
Rhododendron niveum
Rhododendron niveum
Rhododendron niveum
Rhododendron niveum
This is one of a batch of my father’s azalea hybrids. Really quite nice and possibly worth a name?
my father’s azalea hybrids
my father’s azalea hybrids
my father’s azalea hybrids
my father’s azalea hybrids

2016 – CHW
An early morning tour of the garden with Ian Baldick and Raf (the young Dutch nurseryman who will be propagating and selling Ian’s new magnolia hybrids). Here they are with the huge flowers on the Magnolia campbellii Alba seedling on the main ride.

Ian Baldick and Raf
Ian Baldick and Raf
Then we stop in wonder, but in the rain, to observe the second plant of Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ on the drive which is just coming out. The flowers here are not as large as on the best plant but they are larger than the last year and the colour is superb.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
On to the Fourburrow Hunt meet at Porthluney beach complete with a few antis in a blue four wheel drive car and balaclavas. About 60 riders in the rain and no real excitement except that of course the fox trail runs into the main garden (out of bounds) and the hounds run amok amid the visitors. No damage done.
Fourburrow Hunt meet
Fourburrow Hunt meet
Fourburrow Hunt meet
Fourburrow Hunt meet

Fourburrow Hunt meet

2015 – CHW
Tedious six hours in the car with usual roadworks at Birmingham. Big meeting to debate how to ping our broadband from Four Lanes (15 miles) to the estate as BT still will not install fibre optic cable to us. So speeds of 1 to 4 mbs for us for the foreseeable future or a big capital investment.

1995 – FJW
Richard John helped with his first garden tour. (Savill Gardens).

1961 – FJW
2400 came around on the Open Day. Garden looking very good.

1933 – JCW
A lot of flowers of sorts. The Camellias are the best thing now though the best cherries won’t be long.

1932 – JCW
Camellia speciosa recovered the frost and flowered well after it.

1929 – JCW
Wilson’s Magnolia is very fine and as good as the best Campbellii. Kobus, the early one, may have a 1000 blooms open with 500 to come. Barbatums remain good now and have been out for over a month.

1927 – JCW
The Wilson Magnolia denudata is open. Daffs seem to have passed 1924.

1925 – JCW
Just as in 1924 only the double sloe has less flower. Blood red Auklandii very fair and the whites starting. The Melianthera is the best thing at the place.

1924 – JCW
The double sloe is the best Prunus open. P pilosiuscula will run it close in a year or two, and Subhirtella ascendens is good in the Beech Walk. The daffodils are within a day or two of reaching their best.

1911 – JCW
Sir G Loder made the big insignis 105 ft.

1910 – JCW
C reticulata has begun to wane. Nar M de Graaf just opening much as in 1907. No cherries but pendula out.

1907 – JCW
Nice rain after a long period of bright sun and frosts. The first M de Graaf opening. Poets just coming through the spathe, several (nearly all) Weardales open, more than half the [?] things open.

1903 – JCW
Not quite so far on as in 1897 but nearly so.

1902 – JCW
The boys saw the first swallow. Blackthorn is good in most places.

1897 – JCW
Dorothy, H Irving’s, Flora Wilson, Beatrice Heseltine, P grandiflora all out. Cherries at their best, also the tulips in the grap.

2 thoughts on “2nd April

  1. Could you tell me more about Magnolia Tinkerbelle. I am going to be acquiring one for my garden from the UBC Botanical gardens in Vancouver Canada through the . Unfortunately I have not been able to find information online about this plant, except pictures on your website

    1. Dear Ms Bert

      It is a hybrid between M. soulangeana ‘Sweet Simplicity’ and the New Zealand bred M. ‘Cameo’.

      The New Zealand breeder of M. ‘Cameo’ was Vance Hooper.

      Best wishes

      Charles Williams

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