Off to the Valley Gardens and the rhododendron species collection.
2016 – CHW
Amid the primroses you often find wild primulas of varying colours which have naturalised from the primulas which once grew in the border below.Alongside are clumps of Cyclamen coum with their distinctive leaves. J C Williams spent hundreds of pounds before the First War buying cyclamen species from Turkey so these have been here for 100 years thriving and naturalising with their autumn cousins; Cyclamen hederifolium.
2015 – CHW
Magnolia Black Tulip is just strutting its stuff. A nice rounded flower and a different shape to Magnolia ‘Genie’. I see the RHS are producing a new colour chart in May and we need to get this for next year to help describe magnolia flower colours which are so difficult to find words for. Putting it crudely ‘Genie’ is a reddish black when it first opens whereas ‘Black Tulip’ is purplish sort of blackish when it first opens. Which is the darkest – see for yourself?
Magnolia ‘Sunrise’ is full of flower on Burns Bank. A good flower with a bold reddish stripe on a profusion of white flowers.Rhododendron pseudochrysanthum in full flower below Donkey Shoe. This is the first time I have seen these pink flowers on this species best known for its attractive silvery indumentum on the new growth.
1970 – FJW
Auntie and I went up Trengwainton Drive in a heavy snow showers.
1966 – FJW
Charles caught 10 trout.
1965 – FJW
David fell into the pond backwards [from the old grey boat once rowed across the channel to Porthluney beach during the war by a French criminal who claimed to be escaping the Nazis].
1964 – FJW
Rhodo and Camellia group came – almost too tired (?) to ask questions. There was little out in the garden.
1946 – CW
Truro Show – shrubs good also Camellias. Rhododendrons poor, partly a bad year for flower. Magnolia dawsoniana, S Robusta nearly over also Mollicomata. Sargentiana almost at its best. Auklandii x Mrs Butler hybrids very good. Daffodils almost over. There has been a fuschia by the pantry out for well over a week.
1916 – JCW
Just about the best day of a very bad daff season, plenty of good yellow incomps and some good Leden. Rhodo’s frosted and maimed by the frost. The first de Graaf’s open in the Drive and a few cherries.
1914 – JCW
The Auklandii x white Arboreum are now opening, Pyrus caloneura has been good for a fortnight.
1906 – JCW
Daffs on the wane, we have had a long dry three weeks for the flowers. Primroses at their best.
1905 – JCW
It is about the best day of the daff season, some buds of de Graaf yet to open, am sending most of the Lulworths to London and Plymouth for Tuesday.
1903 – JCW
The first Grandis is open and all daffodils or nearly all are on the wane though we have Maximus yet.
1900 – JCW
Weardale, Torch, G of Leiden, Lucifer just opening.
1898 – JCW
One Iris lorteti shows colour, primroses at about their best, the last Emperor bud has opened, but the late planted H Irving is only just out.