No marriage proposals here that I am aware of today but 961 people around the garden yesterday. Sounds a lot but it was a ‘locals come free’ day so income £1,000 only. About 10% paid! The tearooms sold out of everything despite Kevin baking a monstrous number of cakes for Vikki.
The Chiefs beat Bath yesterday fairly comfortably and, since it was a 1pm kick off, we had lunch after the match and left at 4pm reasonably sober compared to a year ago. Karol got to see the match too.
A few more new 2007 planted magnolias coming out in Kennel Close:
Magnolia ‘Aurora’ had a flower or two last year but is now performing well and is very striking indeed. We have a larger plant above Hovel Cart Road. This is a very good magnolia with a good shape to it.
Magnolia ‘Purple Sensation’ is just showing colour – very dark.
Magnolia ‘Sweetheart’ is half out.
Magnolia ‘Laura Saylor’ – no idea who she was/is or the origin of this. First flowering and rather battered by the wind but quite acceptable and stripy.
Magnolia dawsoniana (graft from Caerhays original apparently) – does not look true to me but perhaps first flowering. Petals too rounded I think.
Magnolia ‘Red Lion’ is a horrible shape and a dingy dank colour. Second time it has flowered here. Older plant on Bond Street.
Magnolia x veitchii (graft from Caerhays originals) looks spot on but a bit of work to get the old spiral guard off which was distorting the growth of the trunk and would have quickly killed the plant.