2024 – CHW
Rather surprising to find flowers out on Sorbus aff. ligustrinum (HWJ 948) planted in 2010 in Kennel Close.
2023 – CHW
Unusual to see seed heads on Hoheria populnea ‘Variegata’. Unaffected by the cold spell.
2022 – CHW
Walking off the path to Rookery I find an excellent young Rhododendron grande flowering away unobserved until now. When I look this up it was planted in 2004 and from seed collected by Mr & Mrs Greswell from Taunton in 1998. It was collected in Milake, Danda, Nepal (these spellings may well be wrong). Sadly I do not remember them or planting this myself so I probably did not!
A cold east wind is coming and possibly snow even for us in the next few days. A walk through Old Park, then Brownberry Wood and Bond Street.Gunnera manicata and snowdrops below the old hunt kennels in a bog. They have thrived here for generations despite frequent inundations.
2020 – CHW
First colour on the 1913 record (height) tree of Magnolia campbellii. Just a few flowers at the very top of the tree. 120ft or so.
First flower out on Magnolia ‘F J Williams’ on a drizzly afternoon in the Auklandii Garden.
2018 – CHW
What Trevor Green from Yorkshire calls ‘hogwart’ in flower already. Normally full out late April or May. Astonishingly early.
I may well have my common names for weeds muddled and am happy to be corrected! In childhood ‘cow parsley’ was something similar but different I seem to remember.
Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ has a bit of colour only on the very top of the tree. Surprising that the wind has not yet blown it out more. Usually this is one of the first out.
2016 – CHW
More gales coming but not too bad in the morning.Another unnamed seedling magnolia by the Rhododendron williamsianum clump is very good. It is now out properly and the third time this year I have photographed this.
Magnolia ‘Pristine’ has three buds with colour beside it.
Magnolia ‘Cecil Nice’ has the first few flowers out at Donkey Shoe.
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ – the New Zealander form – is the best thing in the garden today. I had thought the buds were hail damaged but was wrong.
Storm damage on the Pinus insignis at Donkey Shoe needs clearing on a quiet day before we open.
It has narrowly missed Rhododendron veitchianum Group which has absurdly early flowers. Previously Rhododendron cubittii I suspect.
Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ is full out but starting to shed petals (tepals). A lighter colour than usual as I have said before.
Magnolia ‘Ians Red’, one of Ian Baldick’s New Zealand hybrids, has a few flowers blown open at least two and a half months early. A dark colour though.
Magnolia ‘Suzanna van Veen’ is out well before ‘Caerhays Belle’ which is the same cross made in New Zealand.
Just below it another pale Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling is half out at the top. Quite nice but nowhere near the true colour.
Rhododendron delavayi is almost over above the Big Quarry. This has been visible for weeks from the Bottom Lodge.
Then a surprise! Nigel Holman’s Magnolia ‘Hawk’ on Burns Bank has lots of buds and flower on a small plant. It looks very much like a sprengeri diva seedling to me? I need to look up the parentage.
Another Magnolia ‘Shirraz’ above the Playhouse. Also very dark with only a few flowers at the very top of the tree.
Another unnamed seedling from the ‘Caerhays Belle’ seed batch. Smaller flowers but a bit darker pink perhaps. Nice but not worth a name as has always been known.
Snowdrops nearly over outside the front gate.
Bluebells (Spanish) even nearer to having a February flower!
2004 – FJW
Early daffs onto the front gate well out – snowdrops at their best.1981 – FJW
Miss Florence Williams (7 ½ months) came to lunch and sat at table.1968 – FJW
Very wet spell. Thermometer moving in a giddy way. No colour on Magnolias – many things flowering too early.1959 – FJW
Camellias at their best, snow returned. Magnolias too far on in bud. Flowers still show on M grandiflora by playhouse.
1944 – CW
Mag campbelli showing colour. About 2 dozen different hybrids out in Tin Garden. Best Rho ririei perfect. Camellia Lady Clare and Adolphe Audusson out.
1943 – CW
About a dozen buds on Mag grandiflora, Campbelli several buds, one Sargentianum bud shows colour. At least 15 Sutuenense hybrids in Old Park well out. Grande out and several more species.
1942 – CW
1941 – CW
First daff with colour open in Tin Garden. Cam reticulata species out, also hybrids and Lady Clare. Several Blood Red x Rhododendron arboreum – also Moupinense very good. Heath darleyensis v g.
1897 – JCW
Minor out in full flower, also Tenby at Tregony with Iris reticulata.