2023 – CHW
The wonderful wreath at the front door which Jaimie and Michael have made again this year.
You really could not make this up! I must remember never to participate in future RHS research projects.So now all our 120 year old beds of what we always thought was Gunnera manicata are now condemned to die as invasive weeds. Where are the signs of invasiveness after 120 years? There are none.Barking, woke, nonsense yet again from Mr. Weed’s Royal Horticultural Society.As a response to coverage of this story in the Sunday newspapers a significant number of Gunnera orders were received by Burncoose.An article in The Guardian is shown here.
2022 – CHW
The lake even more frozen this morning.
Camellia japonica ‘Nobilissima’ now well frosted
2021 – CHW
The third day of strong east winds. The ground is drying up and it feels wintery with the prospect (distant) of snow next week. First flowers out about 10 days ago on Camellia saluenensis (paler form only as yet)
Reevesia sinica with still tenderish secondary new growth at the top. Now 6-8ft tall.
First flower buds ever on Jaimie’s 2005 cross of Magnolia ‘FJ Williams’ with Magnolia campbellii. Will this be an exciting new Caerhays hybrid or a 15 year disappointment? We should know by March but you must not entirely judge a new plant on its first flowers in the first year or two. One for our marketing team to be aware of perhaps for a spring media story.
The Polyspora are now fully out and a major and welcome addition to the garden around Christmas.Polyspora longicarpa (WWT 11601) has large spreading white flowers and a similar spreading habit as a shrub.
The Isla Rose Plantation is now all rabbit wired and staked. Starting to take shape for the future!
Our new squirrel traps bring an instant result!
2015 – CHW
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’ has shot out on the drive while Rhododendron nobleanum is now nearly over. ‘Winter Intruder’ was my father’s hybrid between Rhododendron delavayi and Rhododendron nobleanum. It is a good dark colour and these three plants were moved here as layers from the Rockery. Older plants flank the nobleanums on the upper side of the drive.
2000 – FJW
First frost last night.
1997 – FJW
Snow. Stormy night.
1979 – FJW
David returned as a school monitor!!
1975 – FJW
C.H.W awarded Langdon scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford. First year for sometime when camellias coming out well.
1944 – CW
Camellia sasanqua still has pink and white flowers. Double form out – also a few flowers of Speciosa and its hybrids. Also Engine House double white. Hamamelis beginning to be good. Rho mucronulatum coming out and lutescens. Several lapagerias. All wall fuchsias cut some weeks ago, not in Tin Garden.
1934 – JCW
No sign of daff buds or real rhodo bloom, and no frost or ice so far. No real frost yet.
1933 – JCW
No sign on daffs except the Devon polyanthus. We have had ice on the pond for 3 or 4 days, and about 100 ducks.
1905 – JCW
A good few daffs above ground in the pans and in the open. Cam sasanqua hangs on. Several coums open. An odd wild primrose, a good lot of lapagerias.