2018 – CHW
Off to the greenhouse to sort through seedling rhododendrons then to be grown on in the frames and others to the nursery bed in the Rookery. Asia has done a superb job in the last six months to get the production line of replacement plants going. So many species live only short lives that if you forget to propagate they are gone. With the closure of Glendoick nurseries, at least for mail order, where else in the UK can you actually now buy rhodo species in variety? Defra is probably to blame for turning all rhododendrons into invasive beings in the public perception.
On the way above the greenhouse is Magnolia ‘Sunsation’ with its very erect and upright habit. One of the better yellow mixtures but many of the Sunsomethings are very similar indeed.
A Clematis forsteri cutting with a few flowers.
2017 – CHW
To Burncoose to finalise the 2017/8 budget and enjoy the unaudited year end figures to 31.3.17 which make happy reading yet again.
Rhododendron ‘Surrey Heath’ is another good yakusimanum hybrid which is one colour in bud and when first out but quite another when full out. You can see both outside the nursery entrance where some have had more full sun than others.
2016 – CHWThe season is racing on alarmingly quickly and no matter how many times you go around the garden there are still many surprises to take in before you miss them for another year.
Crataegus chinensis in flower in the greenhouse is a new plant to us.
A filthy day with some rain and a strong south east wind. Perhaps a good night for lamping!
Two new first time flowering magnolias (to me anyway):
Magnolia ‘Rose Marie x Black Tulip’ is a very late flowerer and darkish red but lacks the neat shape of Black Tulip. Do not see this being one for the public at large even if it does get awarded a name.
Magnolia ‘Carlos’ is yet another pale-ish yellow but has no particular distinguishing marks that would make many people want to grow it.Good to see yellow flowers on Yellow Lantern from the front door today. A new first for Caerhays as the plant is tall enough to show up (against the new beech leaves behind) above the wall by the old play house.
Three Syringa pinnata full out outside the front gate. I first saw this very unlilac-like syringa at Altamont Garden in south Ireland 10 years ago and had no idea what it was. Susyn Andrews had one in a bag at Rosemoor. She is probably the most knowledgeable botanist/plant identifier in the UK so we appear to share a ‘like’.
Also Berberis insignis var insignis flowering for the first time having just shed its large and very prickly old leaves. Rather ‘floppy’ but perhaps it will square up in time.
I am not one for herbaceous woodland plants but Cardamine pentaphyllos on the drive was always a favourite of my mother’s. The white form seems to have died out beside the purple on the drive.
1998 – FJW
A very wet April – cold.
1993 – FJW
A wet April.
1944 – CW
All daffs over in Tin Garden. Auklandii still very good. Magnolia rostrata and fraseri out also. A good many Maddeni hybrids. Single peonies and two double out in Tin Garden.
1911 – JCW
A few daffs to come. Montana rubra ⅓ open. Indian Arboreums at their best. Auklandii’s a few open. Sir C Lemon going over. Big recurvas poet at its best.
1900 – JCW
Audreana shows colour. Many Iris germanica open, daffs are nearly over except Marvel and recurvas not yet open.
(Handwritten note attached to Garden Book page re planting out of Oaks and Magnolias in Oct 1927 to Feb 1928).