11th February

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW
A few more glimpses of the results of a very mild winter. One night of hard frost and hard ground and four to six days starting with a bit of white on the grass is all we have had although a cold east wind today. Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’ has quite a few flowers out now and this one has a nice scent today.

Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’
Tropaeolum ciliatum is in full growth up the wall and intertwined in a Camellia ‘St Ewe’ which is in flower. It seems to have been putting on a new growth all winter.
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum
Tropaeolum ciliatum
First flower for 2017 on the arum lily clump by the gents’ loo. No hint of frost damage here and a few snails hide in the flower.
arum lily
arum lily
Trip to Tregullow to see the garden (and the rugby). This used to be a much more frequent event before we moved from Burncoose. Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’ flowers in the kitchen.The largest stinging nettles you are likely to see in February! 4-6’’ already. Cesspit nearby I suspect.

stinging nettles
stinging nettles
The propagating house is full of home grown cuttings of rarer rhododendrons. Phil, the gardener, has been doing a great job. Taught originally by Jaimie.
cuttings of rarer rhododendrons
cuttings of rarer rhododendrons
cuttings of rarer rhododendrons
cuttings of rarer rhododendrons
A new statue outside the back door with rather phallic connotations!
new statue
new statue
Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ in full flower in February which is most unusual. Out of kilter to put it mildly.
Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’
Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’
Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’
Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’
Not a single flower bud this year on their big Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ by the back door. First time it has missed out for 20 years. I wonder why?
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Some general shots from the Tregullow front door on what is now a bitterly cold day looking across the main road to the farm beyond.
Tregullow front door
Tregullow front door
England just beat Wales in Cardiff so all rather jolly.
2016 – CHW
Yes DJW and CHW both appear on ITV (local) news last night. David at No 10 Downing Street and me at Heligan sounding more pompous than I thought but it will give everyone a good laugh. Alex Smit (son of Tim) not the most eloquent of speakers and he had given up his breakfast due to nerves over his TV debut! Seldom have two brothers representing Caerhays and Burncoose appeared ‘live’ on TV in the same programme on the same day! Heligan’s head gardener clearly not too keen on No 10 and a host of Tory MPs (Cornish) and one minister (George Eustace – agriculture). Pity Caerhays is not open to the public yet to benefit.

Dad of course missed the TV despite prompting but enjoyed the pictures of Downing Street and DJW.

Filming at Heligan took 1hr 40mins to produce 2 minutes and 15 seconds of TV. About par for the course either side of a hailstorm and we only did two ‘takes’. In the first Smit was supposed to say ‘Cornish hotels and gardens are open for business’ and talk magnolias. Instead he waffled about autumn colours in New England and referred to ‘rhododendrons the size of hotels’. Not quite the theme we had in mind so ‘cut’.

Yes ‘we’ were on BBC news (local) as well entering No10 but no BBC filming inside No10 unlike ITV.

The main news item about Caerhays is embargoed until Monday but here is the press release which you cannot see until then (and will not due to the time lag in uploading this)! Rather more likely to encourage new visitors here than the media bunfight at No10.

HHA/Christie’s press release and Great Gardens press release

Telegraph article ‘Magnolias mark the start of this year’s Cornish spring

 

2015 – CHW
Found a tail end flower on Magnolia grandiflora ‘Edith Bogue’ Jaimie says it’s ‘Symmes Select’. Is this a record for lateness in the wrong season? First colour showing on record Magnolia campbellii on main path. Should be out in full by end of month if no frost or east winds.

1994 – FJW
Still very wet – some magnolias out.

1971 – FJW
Very mild February to date. Burns Bank partly replanted – snowdrops past best. Burnt Downs.

1954 – CW
We have had very bad frost and pond frozen over a week. 16° frost Lanarth . Almost all flowers out. Michelias looking very bad. Apart from Cam Tsai Hu no camellias hurt. Taliensis looks alright – Magnolia buds look all bad.

1914 – JCW
Some Caerhays daffs in the orchard. R lutescens is very nice, R mucronulatum going over. Several kinds of Rhodo’ open in the Beech Walk. Snowdrops at their best, Clematis chrymocomer is good now.

1906 – JCW
H Irving, G Spur, Tenby all open.

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