2018 – CHW
The Isla Rose christening day. Thirty-four to lunch (including two vicars) and many staying. Biting cold east wind.
Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ in the hall. Not as pale a colour as usual since picked before the wind.
A day of budget meetings at the nursery and KPK. A pleasant exercise after a good performance in both businesses.Camellia reticulata ‘Arch of Triumph’ is particularly splendid in the cash point.
We tried to register Magnolia ‘Mr Julian’ (Magnolia sargentiana robusta x Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’) last year but could not find enough decent pictures then to send to the Magnolia Society International. The cross dates from 1951 and it first flowered in the early 1960s.Attached is the entry which will now this year be submitted for registration together with half a dozen pictures of the plant itself which is half out today. It has many of the obvious characteristics of both its parents but is clearly initially darker in colour than both although the colour does fade to a much lighter pink as the petals droop down. Despite my father’s longstanding reticence I am personally convinced that it is a very good plant which the nursery will sell well to the growing number of enthusiastic magnolia collectors. (We delivered 87 different specimen magnolia plants to one Burncoose customer this week.)
2015 – CHW
Camellia ‘Volunteer’ planted in 2014 full of flower already. One of a batch from Stervinou nursery in France via Wisley. Many of these new plants originate from Nuccio’s Nurseries in the US although how the French have evaded the plant import/export ban one can only speculate.
2005 – FJW
Third night of frost getting heavier – plants now showing it.
2002 – FJW
Flower on Magnolia stellata.
1986 – FJW
Fifth and heaviest dose of snow for winter.
1931 – JCW
Argenteums opening just about 1923.
1923 – JCW
Argenteums open in several places only a few Camellias. Rho praecox and Erica hybrids are the best things. Sutchuenense are good and 20 Arboreum x Thomsonii. Irroratum nice.
1922 – JCW
One or two Argenteums just moving in the buds. The pink Kurume holds this year as it did last year, several Sutchuenense hybrid blooms are open and more to come. Rho lutescens is nice in particular one of the cut back plants. There have been flowers on the Gordonia all the winter. There are some good Camellias, but Japonica is the best in the Beech Walk.
1921 – JCW
About 30 Rhodo’s show bloom. Erica darleyense and the Rhodo argenteum with the Blood Red hybrids are the best things. The pink Azalea near the back is good now and ever since January.
1918 – JCW
A dozen of the seedling daffs open, 20-25 species of Rhodo show flower, C conradinae has been very good for ten days. Erica arborea is good, a few R arboreums opening.
1914 – JCW
Prunus pissardi just opening, Cam Lady Clare is good, Lady Roberts and others show odd blooms, various heaths very good. Certain red hybrid rhodo’s are coming on, Rho barbatum is half of it open. One Rhdoo sutchuenense open. Some Rhodo arboreum open.
1912 – JCW
Prunus pissardi are very very fine, Camellias quite good, double reticulata shows colour, Rhodo sutchuenense just show colour for the first time, and this after 18-20 degrees of frost, several Arboreums are open and various scarlets.
1911 – JCW
A few Nar cyclamineus hybrids out, several hybrid scarlets open, some pink arboreums, snowdrops going back. Prunus pissardi are nice, several ciliatum about – Rho lutescens at its best.
1910 – JCW
Prunus pissardi just out, no Maximus, but Tenby, H Irving and a few Caerhays, several ciliatum, plenty of cyclamineus hybrids, Campanelles open and a Jonquil or two show colour. No Alfred near out.
1909 – JCW
Sent some Cyclamineus and a jonquil to the RHS.
1904 – JCW
First evening out after tea. Picked for Dinton a number of Cyclamineus hybrids.
1897 – JCW
First Cilliatum, Pallidus, Proecox, most of the Cernuus.