4th February

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

2017 – CHW
A trip to Burncoose to meet George Eustice MP and Minister of Agriculture in response to my complaint last June about the appalling performance of his department with our HLS/BPS claims.Just time for a quick garden trip to see what is out today before rushing back for the England vs France rugby:

The Rhododendron barbatum clump is looking good by the Lodge. Needs a prune off the drive.

Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’ is nowhere near as far out as at Caerhays despite all the strong gales recently.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’
First flower on Rhododendron moupinense on the drive which is all looking very neat and tidy.
Rhododendron moupinense
Rhododendron moupinense
Rhododendron irroratum is late out. I think I made a balls up a fortnight ago saying we had an off colour Rhododendron moorii out early. It was in fact Rhododendron irroratum.
Rhododendron irroratum
Rhododendron irroratum
Rhododendron ‘Seta’ full out by the Tennis Court. Rather aged plants now overgrown by the Kalmia latifolia.
Rhododendron ‘Seta’
Rhododendron ‘Seta’
Wonderful young clump (three plants) nearby of the pink form of Rhododendron ‘Bo-Peep’. Is the pink better than the yellow form?
Rhododendron ‘Bo-Peep’
Rhododendron ‘Bo-Peep’
Rhododendron ‘Bo-Peep’
Rhododendron ‘Bo-Peep’
Rhododendron ‘Bo-Peep’
Rhododendron ‘Bo-Peep’
Pseudocydonia sinensis with, as usual, early new growth on the lawn edge.
Pseudocydonia sinensis
Pseudocydonia sinensis
Then a big surprise. A few freak flowers on the Rosa banksiae ‘Alba Plena’ on the front of Burncoose House. Despite all the recent building work the plant has survived but now needs a good pruning or, rather, a good thin out back to younger shoots without the old dead wood.
Rosa banksiae ‘Alba Plena’
Rosa banksiae ‘Alba Plena’
Rosa banksiae ‘Alba Plena’
Rosa banksiae ‘Alba Plena’

2016 – CHW
The true Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ planted in 1955 and now flowering for only the third time (this time properly) is out. Slightly paler than I would expect due to it being out two months early and slightly windblown to boot.

Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’

Camellia ‘Salutation’ has a couple of flowers out on the castle wall. A Camellia reticulata x Camellia saluenensis hybrid bred at Borde Hill and given an award in 1936. Very new and good then and hence its place with the old original camellias. Camellia ‘Inspiration’ (same cross) which used to grow beside the side door until it grew too big used also to be known as ‘Delia Williams’ but was never registered as such in the 1950s. This one was a Trewithen cross I believe?

Camellia ‘Salutation’
Camellia ‘Salutation’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’ by the side door is now full out (see earlier for first flower) with good sized flowers after a light pruning. No scent today as too windy.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’

2004 – FJW
Bishop Peter shows colour.

2002 – FJW
A week of storms and heavy rain – though North and central parts of British Isles affected worse than us. Beach defences badly hit.
Williamsii at peak or past their best. Winter Intruder very good.
No Magnolia flowers yet showing but wild weather not for garden enjoyment.

1994 – FJW
First flower on Magnolia (Bishop Peter). Williamsii are first class.

1963 – FJW
Third fall of snow for winter – heavy thaw – 3 Nov pink for hedge ‘well’ – heather only other flower.

1934 – JCW
Plenty of Rhodo’n buds. R lutescens and R moupinense give a lot of bloom in spite of the frost. No ordinary daffodil shows well and none in the Tin Garden. Camellias of several sorts.

1932 – JCW
Much as in 25, but the small number of Rhodo’n buds makes the wood a bit dull. The American Azaleas came seven of them and Magnolia fraseri. Lutescens 1/6th open.

1925 – JCW
Quite an early year for some things. Our first coloured daffodil is three weeks earlier than last years. R zaleucum shows flower and other things as in 1918.

1924 – JCW
Just about 1918 but Erica hybrida is not quite open. 17 species show some flower.

1918 – JCW
No Soleil d’or as yet. R moupinense is at its best and R lutescens is good and so is nobleanum, the blood red hybrids and Barbatum are starting, and also Sutchuenense. Erica hybrida is splendid.

1916 – JCW
Soleil d’or (odd flowers) has been open for ten days, R mucronulatum has been over for a fortnight, Rhodo praecox is the best thing.

1915 – JCW
The first Soleil d’or open very late, Erica hybrida is very good.

1914 – JCW
Very few roses, C coum good, Clematis cirrhosa good, a few Camellias open, R mucronulatum good, R lutescens starting, some few buds show colour on Thomsonii x Arboreum. Heaths are nice.

1909 – JCW
There are good roses to be seen now. Ericas and Coums are the best things, some Cyclamineus open, Maximus open and a little colour.

1906 – JCW
Picked a seedling in comp in the Tin Garden off Artemis x Porto.

1899 – JCW
Chionodoxa shows colour, picked a seedling at the Reservoir to open inside. Snowdrops at their best, no sign of Weardale, Jacko or Beacon, many Camellias open.

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