27th December

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2019 – CHW

A few more new things in the greenhouse which I spot today.

Berberis triaganthophora ‘Cathy Rose’ has compact drooping habit with attractive leaves. Source Crug Farm I expect?

Berberis triaganthophora ‘Cathy Rose’
Berberis triaganthophora ‘Cathy Rose’
Quercus liabmanii (from Tom Hudson in July 2018) is evergreen and growing on well in a large pot. Younger new growth leaves much smaller than the mature ones. Very vigorous indeed. Cannot find this species in ‘New Trees’.
Quercus liabmanii
Quercus liabmanii
Quercus liabmanii
Quercus liabmanii
Rubus ichangensis with tiny (often only one or two circular orange fruits in each cup) ripe fruits after Christmas. I have seen flowers and ripening fruit in autumn but never fully ripe raspberries. They tasted ok – I would not put it stronger than that. Long tendrils of fruits at the very end of the new growths.
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
In 2014 we planted five grafted Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ on the middle bank above the front door. These were plants grafted for us by the late Jeremy Peter-Hoblyn at Lamellyn. One of the five has its first 35 to 40 buds while the others have, as yet, none. It is the plant in the best position of the five but it is not the largest or tallest. The one next to it has put its energy into new growth rather than buds. These were excellent large grafts when we had them and they are all performing well in a hot position in full sun. One to watch out for later in the spring. The buds already look large and chubby but it is unusual to have so many showing up in a first flowering even of a grafted plant.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Daphne bholua ‘Garden House Ghost’ is out opposite the front door. Two of the three grafted plants which had a huge but deserved trade price of £30 have survived. Semi evergreen but out before the other D. bholua varieties. ‘Jacqueline Postill’ nearby is not yet showing colour. Another thing that is rather later out than in the last couple of years. Am I any nearer proving that a cold spell is coming?
Daphne bholua ‘Garden House Ghost’
Daphne bholua ‘Garden House Ghost’
Daphne bholua ‘Garden House Ghost’
Daphne bholua ‘Garden House Ghost’

2018 – CHW
At least four different varieties of Magnolia grandiflora still have flowers on today. Not unusual I suppose in a mild winter but what comes next in January?
Magnolia grandiflora
Magnolia grandiflora
Magnolia grandiflora
Magnolia grandiflora
Salvia leucantha full out in flower by the greenhouse. This Mexican species should flower now. Sadly I have cocked up the photographs.
Salvia leucantha
Salvia leucantha
First flower on Camellia ‘Lady Clare’ by the front door.
Camellia ‘Lady Clare’
Camellia ‘Lady Clare’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’ beside it has a secondary or tertiary flush of flowers which are slightly wind damaged. It may well be camellia petal blight.
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’

2017 – CHW
Several secondary flowers showing on Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’ and not a bad colour either for December! Paler than in the spring though.
Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’
Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’
Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’
Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’
A single rogue flower on Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’ (it is a touch of purple really).
Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’
Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’
Fine colour on a young Acer sikkimense which I have not seen before. Good even when shed on the ground.
Acer sikkimense
Acer sikkimense
Acer sikkimense
Acer sikkimense
Acer sikkimense
Acer sikkimense
Amazingly Carrieria calycina has some leaf buds just breaking.
Carrieria calycina
Carrieria calycina
Carrieria calycina
Carrieria calycina
Mahonia oiwakensis (Crug collection) is nearly over. Wonderful leaf formation.
Mahonia oiwakensis
Mahonia oiwakensis
Mahonia oiwakensis
Mahonia oiwakensis
Mahonia oiwakensis
Mahonia oiwakensis
Aralia vietnamensis with one huge leaf on the ground but plenty still left on the tree.
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis
Aralia vietnamensis

2016 – CHW
Off to Burncoose to view the excellent new 2017 Burncoose Nurseries catalogue which is hitting 30,000 doormats as I write. A new three column layout and more bigger pictures. Quite our best effort so far on the catalogue front. You can order a copy from the Burncoose site.On a drab day there is not much sparkle and only Andrew, Sally and Georgina at work.Nevertheless I find Hoya australis in flower in the cash point. The first time that this has ever flowered in the nursery I have seen. Not that different in flower to other hoyas.Then lots of heathers looking good:
Hoya australis
Hoya australis
Hoya australis
Hoya australis

Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramers Red’

Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramers Red’
Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramers Red’

Erica x darleyensis ‘Phoebe’

Erica x darleyensis ‘Phoebe’
Erica x darleyensis ‘Phoebe’

Erica erigena ‘Irish Dusk’

Erica erigena ‘Irish Dusk’
Erica erigena ‘Irish Dusk’

Erica x darleyensis ‘White Perfection’

Erica x darleyensis ‘White Perfection’
Erica x darleyensis ‘White Perfection’

Chaenomeles x superba ‘Pink Lady’ in full bud.

Chaenomeles x superba ‘Pink Lady’ in full bud
Chaenomeles x superba ‘Pink Lady’ in full bud

Mahonia x media ‘Buckland’ – full out and some over.

Mahonia x media ‘Buckland’
Mahonia x media ‘Buckland’

A rude email from a happy ex customer who does not like my comments on Brexit in the introduction to the new catalogue. A minority view I am happy to assume.

2015 – CHW

Back in the land of the living and out and about again! Quercus buckleyi still has plenty of leaf on it and one of the older Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’ is as full out as I had expected.

Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’

1968 – FJW
Cold spell started.

1943 – CW
Picked a vase of Rho keysii and over 20 primroses from one plant. Fuchsias almost all cut but several lapagerias. H mollis good. A lot of single camellias out. Also double white and one double pink. Heath Mr Robert good and several Sutchuenense hybrids – also a snowdrop.

1928 – JCW
H mollis is the best thing we have and Rho mucronulatum next. Some Caucasicums Lutescens etc but no real show of them. The Cardinal willow is very nice,the camellia by the castle as usual.

1927 – JCW
H mollis very good. Double white Dutch Pearl open and the old camellia.

1925 – JCW
H mollis fairly good but not really out. White camellia fair. Mucronulatum is poor and is late. Erica darleyense late though I saw a flower in October. Berberis polyantha is the best thing. Rho venustum in vases in the hall.

1923 – JCW
H mollis is at its best. Cotoneaster salicifolia very good in spite of the birds, rather less than usual but the white camellia by the Engine House is very good.

1922 – JCW
Hamamelis mollis is very nice. Cotoneaster salicifolia, Berberis fasicularis comes on well. Coums coming. Charles saw first snowdrop. Only odd flowers of rhodo other than Caucasicum sorts.

1900 – JCW
Picked a good camellia.