2024 – CHW (images to follow)
To Old Park on another drab day to try to see what is out before it is over!
Jaimie’s newly registered ‘Coronation is suddenly full out and superb. This is a hybrid between M. sprengeri var. diva ‘Burncoose’ and M. campbellii var. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ registered last year. This is its second year of decent flowers.
First ever flowers here on Camellia ‘Nicky Crisp’ which is a cross between C. pitardii and C. japonica. On the bank just next to Magnolia ‘Coronation.
Magnolia ‘Leonora’ now full out by the old Dog Kennels. This too is a very fine hybrid.
A young Magnolia ‘Vairano’ on the main magnolia bank facing the drive. Nice enough but not really that different.
A view along the top path in Old Park.
Less than a week on Michelia ‘Fairy White’ is half out.
Magnolia sargentiana ‘Blood Moon’ at the bottom of the wood where the paths meet. Nice enough again but just a goodish form of M. sargentiana var. robusta in my view.
The view from the bottom path in Old Park looking North today.
2023 – CHW
A couple of other interesting snippets of newspaper articles. I had never heard about the drowning of the chauffeur’s wife in the lake. I am not sure I would agree with the coroner’s verdict based on this evidence?
2022 – CHW
Some nice things in the garden which survived Storm Eunice and a record of the damage in the garden here.
Drimys lanceolata just in flower. We used to grow this here and at Burncoose but falling trees hit both. Starting again is fun!
No rain, no wind and the first normal decent day it seems for weeks.Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’ has shed in the wind but still plenty of flower left on the bush.
On Wednesday night an excellent IDS webinar by Maurice Foster VMH on the ‘second golden age of plant hunting’. Pictures of around 70 ‘new’ (within last 30 years) introductions of woody trees and shrubs to the UK and Maurice’s garden in Kent. Some were his own wild collections, others from Crûg Farm, and many others. Only around 25% of those shown already feature in the garden here so a long list of things to find, propagate or acquire which are exceptionally good.
Acer paxii: Blue undersides to leaves
Acer sacchorum subsp. skutchii: Mexico
Actinidia rubrifolia var. coriacea: Red flowers
Betula calcicola: Dwarf shrub curled and furry/hairy new growth
Betula utilis ‘Chris Lane’: Black – big white calcocils
Betula utilis dark form: Black – small white calcocils
Betula utilis ‘Melony Sanders’: Very red peeling stem
Camellia bailinshanica: Red new growth
Camellia pitardii: Pale pink – ours is red! Is it correctly named? Perhaps.
Camellia tanganica: Most fragrant of all camellias
Cathaya argyrophylla: Conifer
Cyclocarya paliuris: Fruit like Peterocarya – renamed
Deutzia sp. ‘Black Eyed Susan’: Unidentified. Exceptional.
Hydrangea involucrata ‘Chichibu’
Hydrangea macrophylla subsp. stylosa
Hydrangea serrata: Blue ex White House Farm
Larix potaninii: Never saw the picture due to cock ups
Magnolia maudiae x laevifolia: SUPERB
Mahonia bealei ‘Cornish Silver’: Blue leaves and undersides
Mahonia pinnata: Tall grower
Mahonia russellii Mexico: Needham intro
Mahonia sp. Ogishu 94056: One of Roy’s
Philadelphus aff. sargentianus: Scandent branches, fragrant +++ free flowering
Philadelphus maculatus ‘Sweet Clare’
Pinus siberica: Very slow growing and dwarf
Pinus wangii ssp. kwangtungensis
Quercus glauca: Red young foliage ex Vietnam
Quercus tungmaiensis: Very distinct leaves
Rhododendron ellipticum (syn. latouchae): Taiwan – new growth excellent
Rhododendron gongshanense: Tender but ok Cornwall
Rhododendron magniflorum: August flowers (glanduliferum on steroids)
Sorbus filipes: Purple fruits, crimson fruits. SUPERB small shrub!
Sorbus ligustrifolia: Fruits last into following year with flowers
Staphylea pringlei: Mexico – only one plant in UK with Maurice
Sadly the pictures are copyright protected to cannot be reproduced here.
I ought perhaps to add the list of the finest new plant introductions, as described by Maurice, which we do have growing here already:
Camellia chekiangoleosa – better than Camellia japonica
Sorbus ulleungensis – TOP 5 of species. Autumn colour.
Pterocarya macroptera var. insignis – flowers 3ft long when we get them.
Carpinus fangiana – 28-30cms catkins
Carpinus omeiensis – spreading shrub
Acer pseudoseboldianum subsp. takasimense
Hydrangea chinensis – from Taiwan
Hydrangea aspera ‘Hot Chocolate’
Deutzia purpurascens – variable – ours purple
Deutzia longifolia – pink or white flowers
Indigofera pendula ‘Shangri La’ – AGM – grows through rhodos
Rhododendron kesangue – flowers in May. Big leaf.
Rhododendron yuefengense – like orbiculare (two or three plants)
Rhododendron huianum – mauve – niveum colour
I sit stuck in meetings for most of the day but a few more big distance shots of magnolias on the drive are all that there is time for today. Getting colder!The true Magnolia campbellii subsp. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ is nearly full out. Planted in 1955 but this is only its third flowering and far and away the best yet with 50 or so flowers.
2019 – CHW
Prunus laurocerasus – common laurel in full flower already!
A Great Gardens of Cornwall meeting to chair and then a quick trip around the garden at Trewithen with Gary Long and Tom Hudson. Crisp but sunny late pm.A plant which Jennifer Trehane calls Camellia cuspidata var cuspidata (or C. cuspidata to mere mortals!). Very clearly one of the parents of Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’ – the other being Camellia saluenensis. C. cuspidata has flowers which open out flat as you can see although this is not quite how ‘Cornish Snow’ normally displays itself. A second old plant had slightly less impressive flowers. (The supposed C. cuspidata at Caerhays fell over but has reshot from the base and no flowers recently. Asia needs to propagate. Also Camellia taliensis.) Very pretty and worthwhile early camellia.
Calm, warm and still conditions encourage more magnolias to start to open outside the back yard and elsewhere.Neither of these magnolias are named but quite nice, early flowering seedlings as they are and well worth their place. The tepals show some wind damage from last week and some are pale with a bit of green/white where they have been blown open too early.
2003 – FJW
First flower on Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’.
1981 – FJW
First on Tin Garden Magnolia ‘Diva’ seedling.
1962 – FJW
East wind started.
1930 – JCW
Six days of frost have cut Rhodo’s and the Gordonia, but we have had no ice on the pond yet. Heath of 3 kinds are good.1928 – JCW
Just as in 1927 say 25 species of Rhodo’s including Mackenzianum and 25 hybrids. No Magnolia as in 1913 but Gordonias, some flowers of the early Kobus ½ open.1927 – JCW
Heaths fairly good, Rhodo lutescens and moupinense very good. Blood Red hybrids well out, some Barbatum and Scabrifolium. Prunus pissardi and conradinae just coming out. [?] Dediconia is the next. Camellia speciosa is beautiful.1924 – JCW
Cold NE wind and frost for a week and all Rhodo’s bloom is cut out for the time but the early stuff has hardly any buds in any case. The heaths are very nice.1917 – JCW
About 4 days ago the frost broke, the hardest since 1895, nothing much is dead. Rhodo lutescens, mucronulatum and moupinense have begun to open.1916 – JCW
Prunus pissardi over, several daffs open, Caerhays daff very good, Rhodo fargesi is very nice by the Barbatums. Blood Red hybrids remain good. Rhodo oleifolium very good, the first Camellia reticulata is open.1914 – JCW
The Prunus pissardi just starting. Only Cyclamineus and its hybrids with Soleil d’Or are out of the daffs. A few Arboreum x Thomsonii open, none of the Mrs Butler x. The following species open Rhodo moupinense – lutescens – argenteum – mucronulatum – barbatum – pink arboreum – blood red arboreum – micranthum – dahuricum – racemosum – sutchuenense.1913 – JCW
I found a small spray of Pyrus malus open. The Thomsonii x Arboreum lot are very good, and there are some Mrs Butler x Arboreum open.1897 – JCW
Yellow crocus nearly over, blue and white at their best.