2023 – CHW
Decent flowers now on Jaimie’s new cross: Magnolia ‘Atlas’ x Magnolia sargentiana – pure. You can see the narrow tepals which are the result of using M. sargentiana pure as the pollen parent. This has only flowered once in my lifetime in 2009. It is an extremely rare and original plant from a Forrest collection so this hybrid may not be an exceptional bloom but its parentage is unlikely to have been tried by any other magnolia breeder.
2022 – CHW
Rain overnight and the leaf is rushing out.
A carpet of fallen flowers under a Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ clump on Hovel Cart Road.
Still the cold north wind persists but only a little sleet.Old Park is still completely frosted but I do manage to see just coming out:Magnolia ‘Gold Cup’
Then a few more rhododendron species suddenly out.
Rhododendron heliolepis (C&N 5758) – doubtful if this is correctly named although it was an Alan Clark wild collection. I may well stand corrected! (In ririei opening.)
2020 – CHW
So now the BBC outrage is about care homes and the suggestion that the elderly might not actually be treated in hospital as they have been ‘coerced’ into signing a ‘do not resuscitate form’. We all die of something!
A friend who is incarcerated in France sends me the last but one issue of Private Eye with a good article on this subject. I had already enjoyed it, but last week’s missives are even more to the point. In a drive for the truth rather than BBC hysteria, pleading, demanding and bullying I attach a quote or two. As I have said before Boris and the government are damned if they do (with no thanks at all) and damned if they do not (because it is impossible to move that fast in reality).
When will the BBC run out of new sets of daily victims who must be instantly appeased with cash and action? Is it the intention of the media to totally bankrupt the country? When will common sense prevail?
Here are the Private Eye quotes:
[…] And yet if the government had continued with its “herd immunity” plan (as Donald Trump is doing), 260,000 people could have died with the virus. Some may have died soon of something else, but the headline figure was a little on the high side even for Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s brain. This sudden surge in demand would crash the health service; hence the decision to crash the economy instead. But could we have stopped the pandemic if we’d got a grip earlier?
A STUDY of the genome of the SARS-CoV-2 published in Nature on 17 March has pinned it not on mad scientists wanting to rule the world, but on bats. It probably crossed to humans in the live animal markets of Wuhan, which are still the perfect storm for transmission.
The virus was on the wall in 2003, but unhygienic veterinary, slaughter and husbandry practices, and an illegal global trade in exotic animals for food, have continued unabated. Bats are fortunately a protected species in the UK, even if Waitrose has run out of grouse. Elsewhere, they should only be sold pre-cooked, chlorinated or as part of a ready meal.
The self-employed painters have started work on painting the back yard here and are then starting on the village itself as part of the regular ongoing four to five year repainting cycle on the estate. Inevitably woodwork repairs have to precede painting so the hope is that part of our maintenance team may soon decide to come back to work in isolation.
Lockdown in the garden is not proving that tedious but writing the plant care articles for the website certainly is. Fifty done to date out of about 120 still left to do.
The wind has been in the south for a bit but still no house martins sighted yet.
Rhododendron pseudochrysanthemum just coming out. Wonderful indumentum under the leaves.
2019 – CHW Jaimie has trimmed the laurel hedge to reopen the view of Porthluney Cove to visitors who walk down below the main quarry. We had not noticed how much the laurel had grown until it was pointed out.
Then on to Trevena Cross garden centre to look at the new awning over their shop front entrance. The listed building officer is objecting to our planning application for a new greenhouse add-on to the sales point (ie more sales area under cover at Burncoose) because he says it removes a historic ‘courtyard’. Since when was a muckyard between two old piggeries a historic ‘courtyard’? Instead we could try a similar covering which might not need planning permission?
I was taken with only two new (to me) plants at Trevena although it is a first class garden centre for varied plants. Picea pungens ‘Edith’ and Vinca minor ‘Verino’. They have an amazing range of agave, Protea and succulents and it is a proper plantsman’s garden centre not one of the bland multiples. All credit to a proper family run business who are clearly doing well. They tried mail order, but found it a hassle, so we probably both have our separate business ‘niches’!
2018 – CHW
Saturday 7th of April saw us claiming nine first prizes at the first RHS Savill Garden Flower Show in Windsor. These are shown below:
We also scooped :
Class 1 – 4th with Prunus serrulate ‘Shipotae’, Stachyurus chinensis, Pieris ‘Charles Michael’ and Osmanthus delavayi
Class 9 – 2nd with R. praestans and a 4th with macabeanum.
Class 13 – 1st picturered below, 2nd M. ‘Purple Sensation, and 3rd M. sprengeri ‘Diva’
Class 25 – 2nd with R. impeditum ‘J.C. Williams’
A rhododendron lecture and tour with 17 attendees.Rhododendron niveum in full flower. Not a colour for everyone but perhaps for the ladies. We need to clear around this plant.
Another fine and dry day for the 34 members of the RHS Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group to make their tour of Caerhays and view part of the private and previously unseen Wilson/Forrest archive in their centenary year. From 10.45 to 12.00 we looked at the superb magnolias up the drive. Then an hour in the Billiard Room and Museum viewing the archive and lunch in the Dining Room and Georgian Hall. The main garden tour ended in the tearooms at 4.45 with everyone still dry and somewhat exhausted.
Caerhays centenary day attendees:Lyn Aldridge and guest
Peter and Pat Bucknell
Wella and Katy Chubb
Colin Clark and guest
Gary Long and guests
Nicky Manisty and guests
John Marston and guest
Graham Mills and guest
Ray Steele and guests
Peter Watson and guest
2015 – CHW
The Spanish bluebells outside the front gate have popped out into flower. We live in the jobsworth era where Defra and the National Trust just love miseducating the public about ‘invasive’ plants. Spanish bluebells (like rhododendrons) have become hated aliens to be abused and destroyed in Dalek like fashion. Supposedly they interbreed with our native bluebells and make their progeny bigger and lighter in colour. These Spaniards have not cross bred or developed at all as a clump in my lifetime although they are surrounded by natives. I guess they were planted by my great grandfather. A year or two ago I had correspondence on the subject with the environmental correspondent of the Western Morning News. The consensus was that this was all another load of bollocks from a ministry that has just supremely cocked up the online computer system for the new European Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) which has now been abandoned in favour of paper applications with an extended deadline. Perhaps I will start the Bluebell Protection Scheme.
1934 – JCW
Magnolias as in 1930. Denudata is the best of them.
1936 – JCW
Cyclamineus at the glass door starting to open on Jan 26th was quite fresh on this day, a late season, some Magnolia kobus – stellata – conspiscua and denudata purpurescens.
1928 – JCW
Poets opening and the best daffs are all over. The blue tit forms are good. The pink Triflorums are opening. Bob’s white heath is and has long been good.
1927 – JCW
We are well behind 1926. No sign of an Auklandii yet.
1926 – JCW
Some Auklandii open. Daffs in the poets are nearly over.
1925 – JCW
No Auklandii moving. Well behind 1923 (April 8th).
1919 – JCW
A few de Graaf open. The spring seems to have conquered the cold now. The heaths are very good. The rhodo’s went a week to shake off the frost. Engelhart and Clare were here for Sunday.
1908 – JCW
The show at Truro. De Graaf just out in a hot place, very few and bad of them at the show. All flowers were rough and below the best form. PDW’s very good.
1905 – JCW
Nearly half our de Graaf open, Weardale going back. Cherries a quarter open.