A day out with Clare (the nursery buyer) and Asia (the Caerhays propagator) to visit a couple of wholesale nurseries from whom we buy a lot and have propagation agreements with. A bitterly cold day!
First to E B Champernowne in Devon and its owner, Peter Argles. Historically this was a daffodil nursery and, despite my father’s alzheimers, he did remember his father and grandfather dealing with them when they were also growing daffodil bulbs seriously at Werrington and Caerhays. Today Burncoose are Peter’s largest customers from his traditional wholesale nursery. 20 to 25 tunnels of plants with a large propagation area. He grows lapageria from cuttings. Cor!
The joy of nursery visits is to see new plants:
Is this really a form of Pittosporum tobira or some other species? I think it is Pittosporum truncatum?
Rubus squarrosus is a dense tangled mat of a plant from New Zealand with a multitude of tiny ivory white prickles as seen here. Asia fell in love with it but I am not so sure!
Never seen Griselinia ruscifolia before. It seems multi-stemmed. Hillier’s refers to confusion between Griselinia racemosa and G. ruscifolia but do not list G. ruscifolia. Here are the flowers too but they actually conform more to G. racemosa as described in Hillier’s?
Lonicera infundibulum rockii in flower too. Another winter flowering but shrubby honeysuckle with larger flowers than Lonicera fragrantissima. A hint of pink.
Grevillea micheliana ‘Maroka’ was nice as well. Quite a large shrub.
Euphorbia x pasteurii is something I saw at Penrice Castle as a 4-5ft shrub. A must for the catalogue!
Azara microphylla in flower. My pictures are crap.
Buddleia farreri full out in February. Another new one for the website. Apparently Buddleia crispa var farreri which Hillier’s say flowers in April!
Rubus formosensis is another raspberry species which we ought to offer. Evergreen with flower buds showing. Not in Hillier’s but looks very saleable. We need to offer more rubus species on the website.
Camellia ‘Sunset Glory’ is a new one to us. A good double red which we should again add to our website and shopping list.
Peter kindly gave us three plants. One was Viburnum luzonicum ‘Oblongium’ (deciduous).
Then on to Roundabarrow Nursery who are growing many varieties for us now from seeds, as cuttings and as grafted plants all from Caerhays material. A newish site near Gunnislake on the Devon/Cornwall border but just in Cornwall. Exciting to see how many things have rooted already from last season but it will be a year or two before they are large enough to add to our rarities website catalogue.
It was a day for looking at Daphne bholua varieties in full scent and bloom. Paul used to have a nursery at Pound House near Buckland Monachorum and has retained many of the best varieties from the old Garden House collection at Buckland Monachorum.
Daphne rupina la (may not be the full name) – SUPERB
Daphne bholua ‘Sir Peter Smithers’
Daphne bholua ‘Mary Rose’ – OUTSTANDING and a huge flower
Daphne bholua ‘Garden House Ghost’ (absolutely pure white even in bud) – any better than Daphne bholua ‘Alba’? Probably!
Daphne bholua ‘Lympsfield’
Daphne bholua ‘Gurka’
Daphne bholua ‘Spring Beauty’
Daphne bholua ‘Garden House Sentinel’
Daphne bholua ‘Sir Peter Smithers’ – a darker form from Wisley
A Dichroa cynea with fruits. Exotic and unseen by us before. Purple and black fruit just going over.
I have never seen such an array of Daphne bholua and the stock plants were mainly growing outside in the teeth of the wind on top of the Round Barrow Hill beside a huge multi-span tunnel. 700 bholua grafts done for spring 2019 by Paul.
Also growing outside in full exposure were half a dozen schefflera species. Schefflera rhododontifolia was doing particularly well.
A Burncoose day of paperwork and a nursery tour to help select the plants for the Caerhays sales point. The gardens at Caerhays open on the 20th February.Camellia ‘Memphis Belle’ is a particularly vulgar blotched colour mixture but a big and bold flower which is catching the eye in the cash point by the till.
2016 – CHW
A newly bought in batch of camellias from a French nursery are flowering away by the greenhouses ready for planting out.
Camellia champetre ‘Fairy Blush’ – looks rather tender
Camellia ‘Silver Chalice’
Camellia ‘Black Magic’ – I think we have had this before
Camellia champetre ‘Christmas Daffodil’ – hardly daffodil like!
Camellia ‘Memphis Belle’ – a rather blowsier version of Camellia ‘Nagasaki’
2015 – CHW
Gamekeepers catching up laying hens in Rookery. Bit of a mess on Rookery path! Hold onto your hats as we open to the public in three days’ time.
1943 – CW
One flower of Mag sargenteana fully out, also several Campbellii, Trewidden, are in full flower – many daffodils, 3 or 4 whites, also Rho’ sinogrande.
1931 – JCW
(Note added to Garden Diary page) [Out presumably on this day]
Rhodo’s – Sulfureum, Lutescens, Bayleyi, Davidsonianum, Irroratum, Dahuricum semp’s, Mucronulatum, Racemosum, Scabrifolium, Ririei, Quinquefolium, Moupinense, Thomsonii, Barbatum, Obtusum, Parvifolium, Rubiginosum.
1915 – JCW
Only Cyclamineus and one or two Cyc x are open with Soleil d’or., six or eight Camellias show flower, Rhodo’ moupinense – lutescens – argenteum – sutchuenense – racemosum – mucronulatum – barbatum – keysii – keiskei – sutchuenense x arboreum – and various hybrids. Primula megasoefolia is well open.
1907 – JCW
Hardly any of the 99 things open.
1902 – JCW
Hard frost for a week, ice all over the pond, nothing moves.
1899 – JCW
Open many Telamonius (6028), a few H Irving, Caerhays, and colour only for Tenby, Maximus many, Cyclamineus many, Minor many, several seedlings also P pissardi by the Kitchen Garden, Azalea Dutch oriole and white crocus.