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.
Another sister seedling to Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ down on Bond Street both sisters have performed well this year despite the wind but ‘Belle’ herself is nowhere near out.
This is a seedling from the same crop as the one which produced ‘Caerhays Splendour’. It is a poor substitute for the real thing but a good show today below the drive. One of the very few visitors today in a wheel chair paused to admire it.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Lamellyn’ is now full out and looking translucent.
Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’ full out on the lawn. A bit battered by the wind and paler in colour than some years.
The first three flowers are out on one of the five young Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ above the front door. This is its first flowering and it is most definitely exactly as it should be. Perhaps these first flowers are a little smaller than they will be in more maturity later but the colour is as startling as when I first saw it on Jaimie’s original three way crossed seedling.
Work now complete on cutting up the huge beech tree which fell just above the garden entrance. A remarkably neat and tidy job which took the team of four not much more than a day.
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.