2024 – CHW
A trip to Penvergate to see what magnolias are out there already.
Stil plenty of berry on the hollies here in mid-February implying the mild winter which we have had with few migrating birds.
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’ was showing on time but rather good today in the sun.
2022 – CHW
Everything is rushing out but the air temperature is quite low and it remains cold.
The view through the back arch today.
2021 – CHW
Another really foul cold day where going into the garden is not a pleasure especially when the cold rain started.
The wind has covered our new plants for planting out with leaves and debris. Asia has attempted to put proper scratch labels on each plant before we get cracking, hopefully next week, as the Beast finally moves on. The wind is now southerly and just as strong and still bitingly cold.
First colour on one solitary flower on the tiny (still) 1955 planted Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ opposite the Georgian Hall.
A trip to Penvergate to see what is out here. Nothing much yet in the centre of Forty Acres in the American magnolia collection.Magnolia campbellii ‘Sidbury’ is absolutely full out and, unlike last year or for several years before, totally undamaged. See how the colour lightens after first opening a darker pink.
More labelling. It takes two hours for Karol and I to place out 50 to 60 record tree labels.A good young plant of Quercus uvarifolius is getting away. This was grown from a cutting. An extraordinarily rare plant.
A batch of newly bought in Helleborus orientalis ‘Annas Red’ and new to the Burncoose catalogue too. Superb 2L plants from Javado in Holland. Quite the best Lenten lily I have yet seen although who Anna is or was I have no idea.
A nice showing of dwarf blue iris in pots too.
Despite the continuing cold the pace of spring’s arrival is massively speeding up at Caerhays. New things to see now every day which cheers everyone up a bit. Not a cascade as yet!Two 2003 (and one earlier) plants of Prunus x incam ‘Okame’ (‘Okame’ to us!), a Collingwood Ingram cherry hybrid, are just out by the tower. Hillier’s says it flowers in March. Each year these trees become more noticeable as they become yet more floriferous. Why is this not more widely grown and available from nurseries and garden centres?
Huge excitement today as the ‘Salvage Hunters’ (Drew and Tee) come to film at Caerhays and buy ‘junk’. We sell them eight 1960s toy cars for £920, a couple of outdoor steel chairs for £300, a gypsy table for £180 and two other arm chairs for £750. Even five seaside children’s tin buckets for £30! This all takes forever with many retakes in confined spaces in tiny rooms. Lizzie and Sian a bit tongue tied at the initial interviews but otherwise all fine. The filming team were six plus the two presenters. Drew’s antique/refurbishment business is based in Conway, North Wales. He certainly seems to know what he can sell but I think it may be him rather than us who was stitched up with the toy cars. He offers £4-5k for the two heavy white metal seats which came originally from The Rising Sun in St Mawes, and are now outside the front door, but we decline.The film crew arrived at 8.00am and left at 5.50pm with their ‘toys’ and the odd glass of wine. A profitably day which makes me think. What they bought was on Drew’s retail website before they left apart from the four chairs which will need work on before they are saleable.
2016 – CHW
More magnolias out on the drive though the Camellia x williamsii clump is already nearly over. I saw garlic in flower yesterday in Ponsanooth and Azalea ledifolia Alba (Azalea ledifolium now apparently) is showing colour.
After rain all day Friday and Saturday the water meadows are properly flooded for the first time this year despite the very wet winter. The river Luney and the lake have merged into one.Magnolia ‘Red Lion’ from New Zealand is now full out on Bond Street; certainly it looks better today than Magnolia ‘Star Wars’, its sister seedling.
2015 – CHW
Magnolia zenii starting to come out above greenhouse. Another endangered in the wild species. Not all flowers seem to come out at once. Very similar to Magnolia amoena and just as dull!
Magnolia ‘Tina Durio’ and Magnolia ‘Todds Forty Niner’ showing a hint of colour nearby but caused by wind blow I suspect.
2001 – FJW
Giddle Orchard Magnolia shows colour.1959 – FJW
Two flower buds on Rho’ giganteum opening. Sutch hybrids good and Red Admiral on its way. Cyclamineus at front door showing colour.
1932 – JCW
Hard frost for three days no Rhodo’s left. Some daffs are opening.
1926 – JCW
Some daffs open, Cyclamineus for some days, 34 species of Rhodo of which the best are Sutchuenense and hybrids of the same. Strigillosum – Hookeri – Racemosum – Ririei – Barbatum – Irroratum – Lutescens – Scabrifolium – Argenteum – Thomsonii – Nobleanum hybrids. E darleyensis fine and so R praecox. Camellia speciosa is very nice.
1924 – JCW
We are far in front of 1897, I believe our earliest year. Cyclamineus has been open for a week, Camellia reticulata for several days, dismal small flowers from the lack of sun, Blood Red arboreums for over a week.
The frost left and things like R scabrifolium began to come out, Prunus conradinae is open, one plant only. Nobleanums opening again but it has been quite a hard spell.
1918 – JCW
Barbatums very good. Oleifolium – Lutescens – Sutchuenense – Ciliatum – Thompsonii hybrids – Ririei and Nobleanum all oopening. Italian cherry and Wilson’s in bloom, also R hookeri.
1911 – JCW
Wilsons first batch of Conifer seed etc came.
1910 – JCW
No named daffs but citrinus open. Barbatum – Dahuricum – Lutescens – Blood Red Arbo’ and Argenteum all opening. Also Nobleanum, R praecox v good, hybrid Arboreum and Thom x Arboreum.
1903 – JCW
Picked and sent Pen a Campanelli. Fulgens good, Primula megasoefolia holding on and have done since October. Several Tenby open and a number of bad seedling Rho’.
1899 – JCW
Found Jacko up.
1898 – JCW
White hoops citrinus mostly out not all, nearly all the Maximus, Madam Plemp just through the ground, many of Engelhart’s things have failed to show yet.
1897 – JCW
One Golden Spur open, Cyclamineus out, Blood Arboreum opens, C reticulata shows colour, Minimus over, Lent Lilies out many, one double Telamonius, white hoops all out, and odd seedlings.