27th February

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
CH Williams Profile Picture
CHW 2015-
JC Williams Profile Picture
JCW 1897-1939
C Williams Profile Picture
CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW
A visit from old friends who used to garden at Sudbury. A pleasant tour of the garden before we were driven home by the rain.Magnolia ‘F J Williams’ is just out in the Auklandii Garden.

Magnolia campbellii ‘Darjeeling’ is also out and a very good colour this year. This is the younger of our two plants above the Magnolia veitchii.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Darjeeling’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Darjeeling’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Darjeeling’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Darjeeling’
The 1911 Magnolia campbellii stands out impressively amid the gloom. Started raining shortly after this.
1911 Magnolia campbellii
1911 Magnolia campbellii
Rhododendron ‘Ostara’ on the main ride is about 8ft tall and stands out well. Despite the mild winter few leaves remain on what is a semi deciduous Rhododendron mucronulatum hybrid.
Rhododendron ‘Ostara’
Rhododendron ‘Ostara’
To my surprise Magnolia ‘Philip Tregunna’ has snuck out only four days after I last checked it. Not full out yet by any means.
Magnolia ‘Philip Tregunna’
Magnolia ‘Philip Tregunna’
Another new clump of daffodils brightening up Kennel Close with a couple of young magnolias out in the distance. Rio is ‘mousing’ with little success.
The old Michelia doltsopa near the Acer griseum has blown open in the wind. The other big ones have no colour yet. This plant is out a good six weeks later than last year. Note the wonderful golden velvety indumentum on the bud covers and the hint of yellow/cream in the flowers as they first emerge. I believe this is really Michelia manipurense and not Michelia doltsopa. This is what JCW and Forrest thought anyway until the botanists started reclassifying in 1927. My article on all this and michelias is to be published soon.
old Michelia doltsopa
old Michelia doltsopa
old Michelia doltsopa
old Michelia doltsopa
Magnolia ‘Ians Red’ has popped open too. This is Ian Baldick’s New Zealand bred hybrid but, as we found once at Burncoose to our cost, it is a bit tender in a late frost. This killed stone dead a similar sized plant in 2012.
Magnolia ‘Ians Red’
Magnolia ‘Ians Red’
Camellia ‘Fairy’ was newly planted in 2016 and imported from France. Quite nice.
Camellia ‘Fairy’
Camellia ‘Fairy’
Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’ was like this in early January last year.
Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’
Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’
Raining now but the New Zealand form of Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ has huge flowers and a very vibrant colour this year below Donkey Shoe.
New Zealand form of Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
New Zealand form of Magnolia ‘Lanarth’

2016 – CHW
The water meadows and lake are totally flooded for the second time this year. The lake a dark silty brown where the river has flowed in as it is not supposed to do. North east wind but mild and the magnolias have not taken it too badly.Above the Hovel in a good place is a 20 to 25 year old magnolia which is merely labelled as an ‘unknown seedling’. It is a nice thing and has improved from last year when it had only a few flowers. A hint of a Magnolia campbellii shape but much larger and darker than the nearby Magnolia campbellii ‘Lamellyn Pink’ which is still out after a month or so. Is it worth a name? Perhaps but we will have to see how much it fades and flops in the next couple of weeks.

Magnolia ‘unknown seedling’
Magnolia ‘unknown seedling’
Magnolia ‘unknown seedling’
Magnolia ‘unknown seedling’
Magnolia ‘unknown seedling’
Magnolia ‘unknown seedling’
Another deciduous azalea has decided to flower out of season. There is one at Burncoose and another here which has the same odd characteristic. Why?
deciduous azalea
deciduous azalea
deciduous azalea
deciduous azalea
A few paces on the first flowering we have seen (in the garden) of another Vance Hooper New Zealand creation. This time Magnolia ‘Mount Pironga’. A hint of purple at the base of the bud and flower about Magnolia ‘David Clulow’ in size and shape. Not as good as a new introduction as Magnolia ‘Plum Pudding’ or yesterday’s Magnolia ‘Cleopatra’ I suspect but very nice none the less.
Magnolia ‘Mount Pironga’
Magnolia ‘Mount Pironga’
Magnolia ‘Mount Pironga’
Magnolia ‘Mount Pironga’
Further on another Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling which is flowering much more prolifically than ever before. It is nowhere near as good as its sister seedlings ‘Bishop Michael’ or ‘Bishop Peter’ but, although pale, it has the ‘Lanarth’ shape and is worth its place as the only ‘Lanarth’ on the drive. Pity it is a bit hidden away behind the Magnolia x proctoriana which is just about to come out and is now a big tree which I planted I or pre 1990.
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling

2015 – CHW

CAMELLIA 'Kick Off' in 2015 at Caerhays
CAMELLIA ‘Kick Off’ in 2015
CAMELLIA 'Kick Off' closeup in 2015 at Caerhays
CAMELLIA ‘Kick Off’ closeup
Camellia ‘Kick Off’ from Trehane’s nursery about 10 years ago just out. Flowers are somewhat hidden within the foliage.

2001 – FJW
Foot and Mouth scare brings countryside to a frightened halt. C.H.W came to replant the island and then the big piece over the watermeadows. On looking back to 1911, I see little sign of Clematis chrysoma. After dry, now wet again.

1949 – CW
(Handwritten note attached to Garden Book page)
There are still white buds on Magnolia grandiflora and two Lapagerias quite perfect.
Magnolia campbelli at its best, several open flowers on one Mollicomata and 2 Robusta as well as Diva and one flower out on Dauroniana. Some on one Salicifolia. Several Prunus out.
Rho argenteum at its best and Rookery Blood Red Arboreum also many Sutchuenense. Some Lutescens good, also Ririei, Hookeri and others. Even one bit of Augustinii.
Mrs Butlers and Blood Reds good, some Crossbill well out. Golden Oriole coming out and a lot of others. Auklandii x Blood Red showing colour.
We have been marketing Pieris 2 weeks and are beginning corylopsis tomorrow.
Camellia reticulata species at their best especially the English seedlings that are earlier as rule than the Chinese. A lot of Daffodils out and about six different white trumpets etc but the few bought ones weeks behind own.
Camellia saluenensis and hybrids well past their best. A very early season.

1932 – JCW
Stewartianums are moving. Camellia speciosa has been very good.

1927 – JCW
No Tin Garden daffs opening excepting Cyclamineus x . Lady Clare open for a week 1 flower. C speciosa is very good, some Cuspidata opening. Japonica in Old Park very nice, never so big in the flower before. E darleyense well out but not so good as in some years. Sutchuenense x would be the best Rhodo’ but no flowers this year. Lutescens is the best.

1915 – JCW
Very few daffs open, it has been very wet since Christmas but not cold, yet the ground was too cold to let them grow. Erica hybrida is very beautiful.

1906 – JCW
C reticulata shows colour. Narcissi cernuus open and maximus shows colour.

1900 – JCW
Many Narcissi maximus, a large batch of transplanted H Irving, several Caerhays, a large lot of my own seedling trumpets.

1899 – JCW
Prunus triloba first flower, many cernuus, the Carlyon Arboreum open, most f the Rho praecox, Dauntlep well out and all the Maximus.

1897 – JCW
First waterlily leaf up in the big pond, crocus all over, first colour of grap tulips.

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