7th February

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CHW 2015-
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW
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.

Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’
Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’
On the way back I see Magnolia ‘Todds Fortyniner’ is out as well but I am out of camera battery. This was easily the first (pre Christmas) magnolia to be showing colour last year.

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.

unnamed seedling magnolia
unnamed seedling magnolia
unnamed seedling magnolia
unnamed seedling magnolia
unnamed seedling magnolia
unnamed seedling magnolia

Magnolia ‘Pristine’ has three buds with colour beside it.

Magnolia ‘Pristine’
Magnolia ‘Pristine’

Magnolia ‘Cecil Nice’ has the first few flowers out at Donkey Shoe.

Magnolia ‘Cecil Nice’
Magnolia ‘Cecil Nice’
Magnolia ‘Cecil Nice’
Magnolia ‘Cecil Nice’

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.

Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ – the New Zealander form
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ – the New Zealander form
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ – the New Zealander form
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ – the New Zealander form

Storm damage on the Pinus insignis at Donkey Shoe needs clearing on a quiet day before we open.

Storm damage
Storm damage

It has narrowly missed Rhododendron veitchianum Group which has absurdly early flowers. Previously Rhododendron cubittii I suspect.

Rhododendron veitchianum Group
Rhododendron veitchianum Group
Rhododendron veitchianum Group
Rhododendron veitchianum Group

Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ is full out but starting to shed petals (tepals). A lighter colour than usual as I have said before.

Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’
Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’

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 ‘Ians Red’
Magnolia ‘Ians Red’

Magnolia ‘Suzanna van Veen’ is out well before ‘Caerhays Belle’ which is the same cross made in New Zealand.

Magnolia ‘Suzanna van Veen’
Magnolia ‘Suzanna van Veen’
Magnolia ‘Suzanna van Veen’
Magnolia ‘Suzanna van Veen’
Magnolia sargentiana robusta (or so it is catalogued) above Crinodendron Hedge is actually full out (so I was wrong again but it is the only one out or even showing colour of a dozen mature plants – actually the flower shape is more campbellii x mollicomata than sargentiana robusta).

Just below it another pale Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling is half out at the top. Quite nice but nowhere near the true colour.

Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling

Rhododendron delavayi is almost over above the Big Quarry. This has been visible for weeks from the Bottom Lodge.

Rhododendron delavayi
Rhododendron delavayi
Rhododendron delavayi
Rhododendron delavayi

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.

Magnolia ‘Hawk’
Magnolia ‘Hawk’
Magnolia ‘Hawk’
Magnolia ‘Hawk’

Another Magnolia ‘Shirraz’ above the Playhouse. Also very dark with only a few flowers at the very top of the tree.

Magnolia ‘Shirraz’
Magnolia ‘Shirraz’

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.

unnamed seedling from the ‘Caerhays Belle’ seed batch
unnamed seedling from the ‘Caerhays Belle’ seed batch

Snowdrops nearly over outside the front gate.

Snowdrops
Snowdrops

Bluebells (Spanish) even nearer to having a February flower!

Bluebells (Spanish)
Bluebells (Spanish)

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
Bad frosts.

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.

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