7th April

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW
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.

Rhododendron niveum
Rhododendron niveum
Rhododendron niveum
Rhododendron niveum
Rhododendron niveum
Rhododendron niveum
Rhododendron rothschildii now full out.
Rhododendron rothschildii
Rhododendron rothschildii
Rhododendron arizelum var rubiscosum below Lower Quarry Nursery is a superb colour when just out. The debate about its name and parentage continues. I doubt this is correct! These big leaf plants were replacements for ones which died after the 1976 drought. This rules out it being a Rhododendron kesangiae as this was only introduced to the UK about then. Its colour is purple and not that of a ‘red’ arizelum.
Rhododendron arizelum var rubiscosum
Rhododendron arizelum var rubiscosum
Rhododendron arizelum var rubiscosum
Rhododendron arizelum var rubiscosum
Rhododendron arizelum var rubiscosum
Rhododendron arizelum var rubiscosum
Then off on a four and a half hour drive to the Savill Gardens for the RHS early rhododendron show with a few exhibits in the car boot prepared by Michael.
exhibits in the car boot
exhibits in the car boot
Rhododendron kesangiae exhibited from the Crown Estate. Note how different it is to our plant as above.
Rhododendron kesangiae
Rhododendron kesangiae
Rhododendron kesangiae
Rhododendron kesangiae
Magnolia ‘Phelan Bright’ on the show bench.
Magnolia ‘Phelan Bright’
Magnolia ‘Phelan Bright’
Out in the New Zealand garden beside the show tent we find a fine clump of Hebe rakiensis.
Hebe rakiensis
Hebe rakiensis
Hebe rakiensis
Hebe rakiensis
Prunus ‘Matsumae Akathu Kinokana’
Prunus ‘Matsumae Akathu Kinokana’
Prunus ‘Matsumae Akathu Kinokana’
Prunus ‘Matsumae Akathu Kinokana’
Prunus ‘Matsumae Akathu Kinokana’
(Bamboo) Chusquea couleou nicely pruned to show off its stems properly.
Chusquea couleou
Chusquea couleou
Chusquea couleou
Chusquea couleou
Acer negundo ‘Kellys Gold’ with flower and emerging golden leaves.
Acer negundo ‘Kellys Gold’
Acer negundo ‘Kellys Gold’
A fantastic display of Lysichiton americanum which we are now banned by Defra from including in our catalogue and selling as it is considered ‘invasive’! No ban in the Savill Gardens!
Lysichiton americanum
Lysichiton americanum
Lysichiton americanum
Lysichiton americanum
Cyrtomium falcatum ‘Rockfordianum’ beside the Temperate House.
Cyrtomium falcatum ‘Rockfordianum’
Cyrtomium falcatum ‘Rockfordianum’
Cyrtomium falcatum ‘Rockfordianum’
Cyrtomium falcatum ‘Rockfordianum’
Never seen before – Viburnum bitchiuense.
Viburnum bitchiuense
Viburnum bitchiuense
Viburnum bitchiuense
Viburnum bitchiuense
Rhododendron russatum flowering sparsely.
Rhododendron russatum
Rhododendron russatum
A bold show from Malus sieversii.
Malus sieversii
Malus sieversii
Malus sieversii
Malus sieversii
Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aurea’ glowing in the sun.
Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aurea’
Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aurea’
Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aurea’
Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aurea’
Mahonia nervosa as a mature clump and full out. The mahonia collection here is most impressive.
Mahonia nervosa
Mahonia nervosa
Mahonia nervosa
Mahonia nervosa
Primula sieboldii as a nice clump also in the sun.
Primula sieboldii
Primula sieboldii
Primula sieboldii
Primula sieboldii
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’ as a good established clump.
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’
Erythronium ‘Pagoda’
A massive trunk on a mature Acer davidii.
Acer davidii
Acer davidii
Primula denticulata just fading a little.
Primula denticulata
Primula denticulata

2016 – CHW
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.

Archive room
Archive room
Archive room
Archive room
Archive room
Archive room
tour
tour
tour
tour
group photo
group photo

Caerhays centenary day attendees:Lyn Aldridge and guest

Mary Ashworth

Russell Beeson

Peter and Pat Bucknell

Barry Champion

Sarah Chesters

Wella and Katy Chubb

Colin Clark and guest

Edwards

Vaughan Gallavan

George Hargreaves

Alex Hill

Gary Long and guests

Nicky Manisty and guests

John Marston and guest

Graham Mills and guest

David Millais

Cheryl Sapote

Ray Steele and guests

Peter Watson and guest

2015 – CHW

SPANISH Bluebells
SPANISH Bluebells

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.

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