9th February

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

2017 – CHW
Daffodils and snowdrops splendid in full sun this morning. More rain due any minute.

Daffodils and snowdrops
Daffodils and snowdrops
Daffodils and snowdrops
Daffodils and snowdrops
Daffodils
Daffodils
2016 – CHW
On Friday I was greeted by a large fat rat running up the front stairs and heading for our bedroom. It turns out he has a hole behind the fire extinguisher outside our bathroom as well as a hole in the School Room. A cage trap baited with biscuits and cheese has yielded no results as yet but the teeth marks on the fruit in the bowl on the kitchen table are now explained. Not mice or the dogs!Another night of severe wind has put paid to several of the best magnolias and blown open others so here is a record of what has survived and not been photographed before.

A walk through Old Park:The gunnera beds are about to wake up.
gunnera beds
gunnera beds
Work starts to repair the Kitchen Garden walls and restore the Old Hunt Kennels in March.
Kitchen Garden walls
Kitchen Garden walls
Old Hunt Kennels
Old Hunt Kennels
As with all the ‘Lanarth’ magnolias this seedling in Old Park is out early and looking very fine.
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’

A formerly rather stifled Magnolia campbellii now shows up properly after the clearances.

Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii
My father planted several batches of Rhododendron calophytum seedlings here in the late 1950s. These are a few survivors and they are not all exactly pure calophytum.
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron calophytum
The Magnolia spengeri ‘Diva’ on the drive by Trevannions Holly is absolutely correct and not just a seedling. As good as the plant near Pound Corner but in a cold place where few actually notice it.
Magnolia spengeri ‘Diva’
Magnolia spengeri ‘Diva’
Magnolia spengeri ‘Diva’
Magnolia spengeri ‘Diva’

Then a rainbow over Derrecks Wood.

rainbow over Derrecks Wood
rainbow over Derrecks Wood
The arch in Battery Walk is now finished with just a bit of fencing remaining.
arch in Battery Walk
arch in Battery Walk
arch in Battery Walk
arch in Battery Walk
The Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ near the front door is nearly over.
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ near the front door
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ near the front door
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ near the front door
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ near the front door
Behind the wall opposite the front door is a magnolia with some similarities to Caerhays Belle but it is lighter in colour and earlier. I need the 1970s planting records to get closer to what it is. The better plant next to it is a seedling from the ‘F J Williams’ batch but not out yet.
magnolia with some similarities to Caerhays Belle
magnolia with some similarities to Caerhays Belle
magnolia with some similarities to Caerhays Belle
magnolia with some similarities to Caerhays Belle
2015 – CHW
Magnolia sprengeri var elongata blown open but frosted by Tin Garden. Jaimie’s view is that it is a light coloured Magnolia campbellii and that I have muddled the two adjacent plants. Not sure? Await events. Jaimie now says ‘Labelled as campbellii, a seedling I believe, and Phillip Tregunna used to call it Forrest Pink’

2004 – FJW
Some frosted flowers on Backyard Magnolias

1997 – FJW
First daff picked above Davidia minor or minimus? – still frosts at night.

1926 – JCW
(Note added to Garden Book page)
Some 80-0/6 mineral phospate put on the Big Vib. fragrans, Meliosma veitchiorum, the most western Euonymus fimbriatus (note correct name: Lucidus), one Vaccinium ovatum.
Several other plants?
The small Reevesia
The single Corylopsis near Reevesia
The one Corylopsis not ?? marked
The Pyrus flaggiana
C. H. C’s Syringa
The big Glauca Oak near Melinanthus
The Ribes longisternosum

1902 – JCW
Minimus going back, minor shows colour. Snowdrops just at their best.

1901 – JCW
Minimus at its best, a few minor, nothing else except seedling trumpets.

1900 – JCW
Minor only just shows the bud yellow.

1899 – JCW
Double trumpet open (common), several minor open, some H Irving just begun to tone down.

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