2021 – CHW
To Burncoose to start this year’s garden planting.
This young and rare Carpinus has been totally ringbarked by squirrels from top to bottom.
Our first consignment of liner plants from France since Brexit has arrived safely. The paperwork and certification cost around £360. So much for the ‘free trade’ deal but at least there were no tariffs.
Drizzle, showers and a poor day to photograph magnolias.A leafless Buddleia farreri already coming into flower on the drive. A winter(ish) flowering species.
The garden is rushing out and we can seldom have had more to see at the start of public opening (tomorrow) in February.Narcissus cyclamineus full out on the top bank.
2018 – CHW The three young cherry trees by the Green Gate are at their best despite this week’s frost which has not touched them or the common garlic which is coming up in strength near the entrance.
The Rubus tricolor bank has had its annual haircut ready for opening. It will soon grow out again.
2016 – CHW
Yesterday evening a trip to inspect a few squirrel drays for activity but there was none!
On the way above Orchid House Nursery I discover a smallish Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ (top of lawn) which is clearly an original scion from the lawn at Lanarth propagated by Eisenhut in Switzerland. There are five perfect Lanarth flowers now sadly frosted and over but a major acquisition for the Caerhays collection and a true original which is so very different (again) from the New Zealand form.
1969 – FJW
8° of frost outside Red Room at 8 am.1963 – FJW
Fairly cold spell returned. Still no Camellias. Big clear out of Rookery by Hemsleyana. This is a remarkably lengthy time of cold in an already late year.
1933 – JCW
As in 1931.1931 – JCW
Camellia speciosa is good, the Hamamelis are over, Sutchuenense x are all good here and in the Beech Walk. Moupinense has been good for three weeks.1929 – JCW
A long spell of cold, a fair lot of Barbatum open, Lutescens has had some flower ever since the autumn, Moupinense opening and frosted any bits of colour on anything but Barbatum. Camellia speciosa in the bed are very nice.1908 – JCW
Sent some Cyc hybrids to Dinton.1900 – JCW
The first H Irving is opening, no other named trumpets are near it.