2024 – CHW (images to follow)
In the rain the view from the Burncoose Show Tunnel looking towards The Copper House.
Five of the six Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ on the bank are now out in flower.
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and Ron Scamp’s Narcissus ‘Mr. Julian’ not far from the magnolias.
The original Magnolia campbellii is nearly over and hail storms threaten.
Michelia doltsopa well out above the Aucklandii Garden.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Darjeeling’ and the same Michelia doltsopa from above on the Main Ride.
In the grim light Magnolia ‘Queen Elizabeth’ is looking rather fine.
First flowers out on the best large flowered Magnolia campbellii ‘Alba’ on the Main Ride.
Magnolia ‘Philip Tregunna’ at its absolute best.
Magnolia sprengeri ‘Westonbirt’ now full out.
The huge Michelia doltsopa by George’s Hut is showing colour today but (thankfully) not out.
First flowers on Rhododendron fargesii in the Main Quarry – very early.
Acacia cultriformis shed half its leaves in the January cold but the flowers are still superb.
More Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ from above.
The view today from the front door with Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ nearly at its best.
2023 – CHW
Rhododendron siderophyllum now full out a day or two later than I first saw it.
2022 – CHW
A third plant of Magnolia campbellii ‘Valentine’s Torch’ with its first flowers.
Howling westerly gale yesterday but the weather is set to improve and the magnolias are moving on apace. We are, however, thanks to the Beast, a fortnight later than last year.The New Zealand form of Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ is a great colour against a blue sky.
Borinda (Fargesia) frigida (syn.frigidorum)KR4059
Borinda (Fargesia) scabrida
Chusquea culeou’Foxtail Bamboo’ ( seedlings from Wisley)
Indocalamus (Sasa) tesselatus
Phyllostachys aurea ‘Koi’
Phyllostachys bambusoides’Castillonis Inversa’
Thamnocalamus crassinodus ‘Kew Beauty’
Thamnocalamus crassinodus ‘Merlyn’
Off to inspect young magnolias in flower to see what is ‘new’. Also to observe yet more Magnolia campbellii ‘Alba Group’ seedlings and be rude about them.Stachyurus sigeyosii has four flowers. Planted in November to replace the one that the deer ate. This one (of three) is wire netting fenced.
vlog today with Karol, comparision of two magnolias both seedlings which were a cross between the same parentage of Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’ and Magnolia sargentiana ‘Robusta’. One hybrid comes from New Zealand called Magnolia ‘Susanna van Veen’ and other hybrid was crossed here called Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’.
Today up the drive to see what is new out here.This is labelled Magnolia zenii ‘Pink Parchment’. The flowers are bigger than on our original M. zenii but with much the same pink colouration at the base of the tepals. In Jim Gardiner’s magnolia book the pictures of M. zenii look exactly like this (ie larger). I wonder who named the clone of this species ‘Pink Parchment’? Nicer than our original actually and seems stronger growing.
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.