30th April

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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.

Rhododendron ‘Surrey Heath’
Rhododendron ‘Surrey Heath’
Rhododendron ‘Surrey Heath’
Rhododendron ‘Surrey Heath’
A fine clump of Hebe ‘Wiri Charm’ in flower in the nursery. Nearly over in fact.
Hebe ‘Wiri Charm’
Hebe ‘Wiri Charm’
Rhododendron radicans is a true rockery species with a short life and, as here, the flowers can be variable in colour.
Rhododendron radicans
Rhododendron radicans
Rhododendron radicans
Rhododendron radicans
Rhododendron ‘Graffito’ is a new introduction to the website. A tough old hybrid by the look of it but still only one bud today.
Rhododendron ‘Graffito’
Rhododendron ‘Graffito’
Rhododendron ‘Gartendirektor Rieger’ has faded a bit but nice red spots in the bells. Shy to flower in a pot and only one in the row has.
Rhododendron ‘Gartendirektor Rieger’
Rhododendron ‘Gartendirektor Rieger’
Rhododendron ‘Gartendirektor Rieger’
Rhododendron ‘Gartendirektor Rieger’
Magnolia acuminata var subcordata nicely in flower in a pot. This is a small growing form of the ‘cucumber tree’ and the one from which so many of the newer yellow magnolias have been bred. Not a huge flower and a variety of yellow hues as the flower develops.
Magnolia acuminata var subcordata
Magnolia acuminata var subcordata
Magnolia acuminata var subcordata
Magnolia acuminata var subcordata
Magnolia acuminata var subcordata
Magnolia acuminata var subcordata
The first time I have seen Magnolia ‘Jersey Belle’ in flower. A cross between Magnolia wilsonii and Magnolia sinensis but showing, in its anthers at least, more wilsonii than sinensis in terms of colour. The plants are grafted which is a surprise but the flowers are very fine. Sadly too early for Chelsea where it would have been a show stopper! Furry indumentum on the new growth too which is more sinensis than wilsonii.
Magnolia ‘Jersey Belle’
Magnolia ‘Jersey Belle’
Magnolia ‘Jersey Belle’
Magnolia ‘Jersey Belle’
Magnolia ‘Jersey Belle’
Magnolia ‘Jersey Belle’
What a show on the batch of specimen sized plants of Calycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’. Some held back in the cool for Chelsea.
Calycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
Calycanthus raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
Do not the Viburnum plicatum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ look a great batch too. This is the larger size. No pink yet in the flower but it will come.
Viburnum plicatum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’
Viburnum plicatum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’
The new clump of Rhododendron royalii flowering for the first time in the Burncoose garden. It died out at Caerhays years ago but was just as dark as these when in flower on the drive.
Rhododendron royalii
Rhododendron royalii
Rhododendron royalii
Rhododendron royalii
I went to hunt down Viburnum cinnamomifolium in the garden to compare it with the Viburnum cylindricum seen in Wales with berries but as yet no flowers. Seems I was nearly too late for the flowers here but the leaf is similar. New growth more like Viburnum odoratissimum. Three quite similar species if that is what they are?
Viburnum cinnamomifolium
Viburnum cinnamomifolium
Viburnum cinnamomifolium
Viburnum cinnamomifolium
This is a pure white form of Abutilon x suntense we think which Clare has acquired and hidden in the office for ‘safe keeping’. Hopefully it will go on to a happier life in the propagation house soon. Hilliers claim this as a chance seedling they found in 1975. In their nursery called ‘White Charm’. It does not look like a white Abutilon vitafolium but we could be wrong?
white form of Abutilon x suntense
white form of Abutilon x suntense
white form of Abutilon x suntense
white form of Abutilon x suntense
The Olearia scillionensis is full out beside the car park already. A bit too early for butterflies to enjoy it today!
Olearia scillionensis
Olearia scillionensis

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.

Crataegus chinensis
Crataegus chinensis
Staphylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’ is especially fine above the greenhouse. Strangely the pure S holocarpa (white) nearby is not showing colour yet.
Staphylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’
Staphylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’
Staphylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’
Staphylea holocarpa ‘Rosea’
Rhododendron edgeworthii x leucaspis is full out and nearly over in just 10 days.
Rhododendron edgeworthii x leucaspis
Rhododendron edgeworthii x leucaspis
Rhododendron edgeworthii x leucaspis
Rhododendron edgeworthii x leucaspis
Nearby the pure Rhododendron edgeworthii is in a similar state. Note the larger and more bullate leaves.
pure Rhododendron edgeworthii
pure Rhododendron edgeworthii
pure Rhododendron edgeworthii
pure Rhododendron edgeworthii
Rhododendron ‘Martha Wright’ is out in the rookery nursery. A new scented hybrid for us bred at Glendoick.
Rhododendron ‘Martha Wright’
Rhododendron ‘Martha Wright’
Rhododendron moorii is ready for planting out next spring to replace the old clump by Georges Hut which is dying of old age. The second time in a generation that we have had to start this medium sized species off again.
Rhododendron moorii
Rhododendron moorii
Rhododendron moorii
Rhododendron moorii
Rhododendron moorii
Rhododendron moorii
Beside it are two nice plants of Rhododendron ‘Wine and Roses’ coming out. The underside of the leaves has bright purple indumentum.
Rhododendron ‘Wine and Roses’
Rhododendron ‘Wine and Roses’
Rhododendron ‘Wine and Roses’
Rhododendron ‘Wine and Roses’
Above the green gate two ‘new’ magnolias are out for the first time (to me). The Magnolia x veitchii seedling from Chollipo in Korea has huge flowers just over and the Magnolia ‘Sweet Merlot’ is full out with some leaves emerging. One day they will look splendid from the castle lawn.
Magnolia ‘Sweet Merlot’
Magnolia ‘Sweet Merlot’
Magnolia ‘Sweet Merlot’
Magnolia ‘Sweet Merlot’
2015 – CHW
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'
MAGNOLIA ‘Rose Marie x Black Tulip’
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MAGNOLIA ‘Rose Marie x Black Tulip’

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'
MAGNOLIA ‘Carlos’

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.

SYRINGA pinnata
SYRINGA pinnata
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SYRINGA pinnata

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’.

BERBERIS insignis var INSIGNIS 02
BERBERIS insignis var insignis
BERBERIS insignis var INSIGNIS
BERBERIS insignis var insignis

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.

CARDAMINE pentaphyllos
CARDAMINE pentaphyllos

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).

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