5th February

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

2017 – CHW
Several good 30 year old clumps of our own Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’ are at their best but hard to photograph high up.

Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’
Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’
Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’
Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’
Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’
Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’

2016 – CHW
So let us have a quick flip through the garden to record what is now out in this exceptional year. Another mild week has seen the magnolias rushing out after a rather slower spell of development in January. I find about 30 today and record them for posterity as the public may well miss most of these when we open on 22nd February.The Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ (a true seedling) by the castle is nearly over.

Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’

The view through the arch has now reached its zenith after it started on 2nd January.

View through the arch
View through the arch

Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ has the first few flowers out by the arch.

Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘F J Williams’ in the Auklandii Garden has a few flowers out and they are a
good colour. Many more to come.

Magnolia ‘F J Williams’
Magnolia ‘F J Williams’

Magnolia campbellii (1913 original from Coombe Wood) is full out lower down but not much yet on the top. Fifty flowers out so ‘Spring has Broken’ according to the Great Gardens of Cornwall a month earlier than ever before.

Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii

The small Magnolia campbellii ‘Darjeeling’ above has one flower out. Nice colour but how do you put the colour into words?

Magnoloa campbellii ‘Darjeeling’
Magnoloa campbellii ‘Darjeeling’
Magnoloa campbellii ‘Darjeeling’
Magnoloa campbellii ‘Darjeeling’

A poorish and rather pale Lanarth seedling is full out towards Rookery Gate.

Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’

Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ (Caerhays hybrid sold by Burncoose) is out ON TIME (not early) on the Main Ride. The yellow form is earlier than the pink form here but not on the drive where the pink form is over.

Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’
Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’

Rhododendron ‘Ostara’, a Rhododendron mucronulatum cross, is coming out by the tree fern. Again on time and not early.

Rhododendron ‘Ostara’
Rhododendron ‘Ostara’

A Rhododendron fargesii (?) seedling is full out in Rogers Quarry. Very early!

Rhododendron fargesii
Rhododendron fargesii
Rhododendron fargesii
Rhododendron fargesii
Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’ is coming out and a sensational colour in Rogers Quarry.
Magnolia sargentiana robusta x Lanarth seedling beyond Rogers Quarry is full out. This plant is often forgotten but well worth a look!

Michelia ‘Fairy White’, planted only last year, has several flowers.

Michelia ‘Fairy White’
Michelia ‘Fairy White’

Magnolia ‘Shirraz’ has not moved on much in a fortnight and is even earlier than all the rest. The second New Zealander to flower after ‘Strybling White’ which is now nearly over a fortnight after it was at its best. ‘Shirraz’ is normally out in April.

Magnolia ‘Shirraz’
Magnolia ‘Shirraz’

Magnolia campbellii (original whitish form) is full out and at its best by Tin Garden.

Magnolia campbellii (original whitish form)
Magnolia campbellii (original whitish form)
Magnolia campbellii (original whitish form)
Magnolia campbellii (original whitish form)

Nearby a few white flowers on what is recorded I think as Magnolia sprengeri var elongata. It will be clearer when fully out.

Magnolia sprengeri var elongata
Magnolia sprengeri var elongata

The original Magnoloa campbellii ‘Darjeeling’ is fantastic but not quite fully out. Only a month early here.

Magnoloa campbellii ‘Darjeeling’
Magnoloa campbellii ‘Darjeeling’
Magnoloa campbellii ‘Darjeeling’
Magnoloa campbellii ‘Darjeeling’

Nearby is a (knowingly) unknown Caerhays magnolia seedling which is quite nice. Looks to have sprengeri in it and mollicomata.

unknown Caerhays magnolia seedling
unknown Caerhays magnolia seedling
Rain arrives so I have to stop. Odd, is it not, that no Magnolia mollicomtas and no Magnolia sargentiana robustas are out yet although these are normally ‘early’? All the Lanarths have beaten them but why in such an early year? Normally the other way round.

1991 – FJW
250+ laurels put in – Best day for garden since 24/1/1910

1963 – FJW
First few snowdrops and cyclamen on Georges Bank.

1944 – CW
Five or more inches of snow and very cold a week ago. Almost all buds cut except single Camellias. Hamamelis still good – first Sutchuenense hybrid and Moupinense just out. First yellow incomp out. Lapagerias hanging brown on plants. All Rho mucronulatum cut but Lutescens hybrid almost entirely survived the frost.

1935 – JCW
No ice on the pond. Fuschia wall frost but not much.

1905 – JCW
Odd Caerhays shows colour, have been crossing 9 Minimus with King G, saw a Barbatum open. Snowdrops and Aconite very good. Went out after tea.

1904 – JCW
Saw the first Cyclamineus open outside.

1899 – JCW
The first Caerhays shows colour. A Fulgens open.

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