Drizzly and poor light but the magnolia above the wall is now a picture from the front door.
The invitation from Christie’s has arrived for our own ‘Garden of the Year’ party in April. I am copying it here for posterity since I know my great grandfather would have refused such an accolade and I suspect my father might well have too at least until the early 1980s when I returned from London to Cornwall and before visitor numbers and visitor business was important. Today we are selling Burncoose Nurseries via Caerhays visitors.26 Feb 16 – HHA_Christie’s InvitationA truly filthy wet day with a rising east wind which bodes ill for the magnolias. Not a day to venture outside but in the Burncoose cash point I find a nice plant of Magnolia ‘Cleopatra’, one of Vance Hooper’s New Zealand creations. It is very nice indeed. We have a plant or two at Caerhays and have seen the odd flower but nothing as fine as this. The same stable and vintage as Magnolia ‘Genie’.
2015 – CHW
Acacia dealbata above the playhouse nearly out and around 15 to 18 feet tall. Unlike its former compatriot which was planted in a more windswept location and died of cold in March 2013 this plant has prospered. There used to be a huge tree among the Magnolia delavayi below the castle wall but this died in the 1963 winter.
2004 – FJW
First sharp frost – some snow.
1966 – FJW
Picked 2 flowers of Mr Garden – no Campbellii – much as ‘61 but no Giganteum. All Hamamellis over – very speedily.
1961 – FJW
Donkey Shoe Robusta is ½ out. Some flowers collected for R.H.S. Giganteum, Hookerii, Grande, Mary J, Rosemary W, J Pickthorn, J.C.W.. Mag campbelli and robusta, and Golden Oriole, Crinodendron, Rho hybs and Snow Bunting.
1950 – CW
Returned from Torquay election. Been very wet and stormy. Mag campbellii a few out, one lapageria left – Camellias good – also Rho moupinense and hybrids – some daffodils out – began to sell a week ago from K.G. Blood red good but few flowering. Hamamelis well over. Very many Reticulata species beyond their best.
1933 – JCW
The clump of Narcissus cyclamineus by the side door makes nearly 50 flowers.
1931 – JCW
(Typed receipt attached to Garden Book page)
From Sokoliana Nursery: for
10 Magnolia longifolia 18
10 Prunus Hizakura 3
20 Quercus acuta 14
Total Yen 35
Packing and shipping 3.50
Freight prepaid to London 13.16
Total Yen 51.66
1924 – JCW
Cold NE wind for a fortnight about. Daffs move a bit, Rhodo’s cut, Erica hybrida is wonderful, a Camellia or two just open. Daphne mezereum open.
1918 – JCW
Rhodo’s coming on well, all the early scarlet hybrids, Barbatum, Fargesii, Lutescens, Calophytum, Sutchuenense, Arboreums etc.
1916 – JCW
Frost and snow smashed in most of the Rhodo’s bloom, but ¼ inch of ice on the tank in D.G.
1911 – JCW
Dauntcep open, Caerhays well out, Maximus half open, Heaths good, one incomp open, several nice Camellias open. Snow on the mountain out. Garden after tea with D.
1908 – JCW
Caerhays daffodil very few open or indeed any of the above. C coum is the best thing. Camellia Japonica partly out, a few Arboreum and Barbatum in bud.
1897 – JCW
Caerhays daffodil at its best, Bredos, Horsfieldi and Sir Watkin open. Pink Argenteum is open.