All posts by caerhays

Magnolia ‘Tropicana’ in full flower

Charles Williams at Caerhays shows us the lovely and unusual Magnolia ‘Tropicana’. It is a very unusual green/yellow and pink flowered hybrid between an American acuminata ‘Fertile Myrtle’ and a Chinese sprengeri ‘Divi’.

We ran a competition a couple of years ago because we thought it was worth naming and the winning name was ‘Tropicana’, which has now been registered.

In the Burncoose gardens end of March 2019

I visited Burncoose Gardens this weekend and saw this new Michelia foveolata species in the Burncoose gardens, it has has yet to flower.

However the Michelia maccleurei is flowering for the very first time.

The Rhododendron genestrianum is also currently in flower with its dark purple flowers. This is a short lived and rare, tender Rhododendron which is difficult to propagate by cuttings.

Spring at Caerhays

It’s been a busy year and time is flying by.

Much has been done in the garden and the gardens have been open to the public since Feburary.

We are now getting ready for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This year the theme of our stand is Plants and their pollinator’s. Lots of pictures of the plants in our show tunnel ready for the show, but final decisions on what to include are yet to be taken.

My father has had his 90th birthday, and I find myself a grandpa for the first time with the arrival of Isla Rose.

I taken masses of photos of our gardens for you to enjoy, on some days in March you will find over 100 images a day on some days – that has to be a record.

December at Caerhays


December is always busy at Caerhays, with the shooting season in full swing and lots of other commitments.

Burning leylandii on the 1st December.

Laurel cutting on 5th December.

First flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ on 8th December.

Arbutus unedo in full flower 9th December.

11th December still need some pictures here, same last year – typical!

Rhododendron mucronulatum flowering on 14th December.

First flowers on Camellia ‘Jurys Yellow’ 19th December.

25th December – Happy Christmas and Happy Flower Hunting.

Entering November

I am really good at wittering on about the things I find in the garden and putting these up every day, and following with images a few days later, but I keep forgetting to post things here for those of you who subscribe to updates and must wonder where I have gone since April!

24th of May saw us win a Gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show.

24th of June was liberation day, but now writing this one wonders whether it will be allowed to happen.

7th July – The interpretation panel for the newly restored Battery Walk Arch is up in the beach car park

August sees us on holiday in the Isle of Wight and going around garden centres taking pictures.

September and work is well under way to make a new area beside the beach for wedding parties.

Only as far as 5th October with the images, must chivvy Karol along.

November – April, time flies

I cannot believe we are nearly at the end of April, time flies and we are so busy.

I still have the odd missing picture but generally things are now all up to date to end of March. Most of musings for April are here, and I still have the pictures to sort.  From November to March I have added an amazing 824 images.

November Entries
November Entries
December Entries
December Entries
January Entries
January Entries
February Entries
February Entries
March Entries
March Entries

October – Turning trees and quite a few flowers still around

Diary October
Diary October

A generally good October weather wise, and lots of lovely autumn colour coming into the garden.

Himalaycalamus falconeri
Himalaycalamus falconeri

Choose your canes, for whatever you might want to use them for!

Lovely colourful start to autumn

September Diary
September Diary

September already, time is flying.  As you can see we have had a very colourful September here in the garden, each day is filled with a variety of photos.

Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’
Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’

Some of our Camellias have produced seed pods, and these can be collected and grown on although most Camellias are grown from cuttings. And very odd ones on Camellia tsaii

TETRAPANAX papyrifer
TETRAPANAX papyrifer in May 2015
Tetrapanax papifera
Tetrapanax papifera in September 2015

Massive growth in just four months on this Tetrapanax papifera

Hydrangea aspera ssp robusta
Hydrangea aspera subsp. robusta

More pondering on botanical name changes, who knows why they change their minds? All answers on a postcard please.

Rhododendron ‘Yaku Fairy’
Rhododendron ‘Yaku Fairy’

More second flowering on some dwarf rhododendrons this month, and Magnolias on the 21st and 28th of the month too.

Stewartia rostrata
Stewartia rostrata

Signs of autumn colour  with Stewartia and Cercidiphyllum too.

August in the garden

We saw the first swifts of the year on the 2nd of August.

Lyonia ovalifolia
Lyonia ovalifolia

Is this Lyonia ovalifolia?

Had a few days away in Yorkshire so there are some missing days in August, these should get filled next year as we add in the entries of my father and grandfather.

Major collapse of an old Pinus insignis
Major collapse of an old Pinus insignis

Where not to sit in August….