2024 – CHW
The ground is frozen solid – about -5°c overnight and no thawing today.
The elderly Rhododendron mucronulatum is finally full out in time to almost get frosted. This is definitely late into flower this year despite odd flowers a few weeks ago.
2023 – CHW
Trachycarpus wagnerianus putting on a good crop of new leaves after it got blown over last year and uprighted with a stake. The bare roots were also dug in on one side.
2022 – CHW
Fuchsia excorticata out in flower or nearly so as usual.
The random Camellia saluenensis/sasanqua seedling which I found on 17th January looks very similar to the camellia I saw at Trewithen on 20th February 2018. Two pictures of the Trewithen plant called Camellia saluenensis ‘Isadora’ are repeated here. This was named and registered after one of Sam Galsworthy’s children although, like ours, simply a chance seedling originally. Both seem well worth a name or perhaps it is close enough to ‘Isadora’ to be called that too?
Sent: 20 January 2021 10:55
To: Charles Williams PA
Subject: RE: Camellia saluenensis ‘Isadora’Morning CharlesWe were just saying the other day how your prediction, during our visit last spring, you stating that this will be the last time we would all gather for a while came so true!C.’Isadora’ has yellow stamens. We have seedlings with the red stamens that we have tentatively, not registered, called C.’Rafe’ (we need to find an “Eddie” next for a full family!). Yours looks different enough not to be ‘Isadora’.See you “virtually” at the great gardens meeting.RegardsGaryGary LongHead of Trewithen Gardens and Parks
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www.linkedin.com/in/gary-long-b0054749/I am not sure that I agree with Gary just yet but need to take more photographs of our plant.Then to Burncoose where I could not resist a few more close up pictures of Hamamelis as most start to go over in a tunnel.
Camellia campetre ‘Fairy Blush’ almost full out.
Click here to read my eulogy to my Dad.The wreath of williamsii camellia flowers on Dad’s coffin today at the funeral.
2018 – CHW
First daffodils out in Kennel Close but the flowers have been eaten by pheasants or guinea fowl.
The plan today was to inspect our young collection of fan palms. Not all have survived but there are five to look at in Kennel Close. I manage only three today.
The planting plan is far from perfect but I think this is Trachycarpus wagnerianus. Doing well anyway in the shelter from a laurel hedge and developing a good sturdy trunk. Smaller and more delicate fan leaves than Trachycarpus fortunei.
The young Garrya elliptica ‘James Roof’ outside the Drawing Room is flowering nicely for the first time. A replacement for the Garrya elliptica which once grew here. The new plant has enormous flowering tassels which show up superbly at this time of the year and is a great improvement on its predecessor. This is a male form and we have, as yet, no female in the garden.
Hawthorn breaking into leaf this early! These plants will be planted in the cleared scrubland on Treveor Hill when it becomes dry enough underfoot to even think of planting anything! A record? Certainly a record to me.
1968 – FJW
David picked first lot of snowdrops well out.
1950 – CW
No daffodils out or near. Camellias very early St Ewe line at best and at least six doubles also Lady Clare and Lady Bullen. Hamamelis at best. Camellia Cornish Snow had a few flowers for some time. Rho ririei out and a few early hybrids. Turning cold.
1949 – CW
First daffodil out – a wild hybrid by Fastuosa Bamboo. Few Rho var sutchuenense hybrids, a good many Camellias but no Reticulata – Hamamelis good, also mucronulatum.
1947 – CW
Hamamelis very good. Pink heath well out and some white, Camellia hybrids only first begun. Very late. First flower on Engine House double white. No Reticulata showing colour. Mucronulatum very good, one sutchuenense hybrid. This after a long spell of gales with frosts and very mild indeed.
1946 – CW
Very few Rhododendrons out except Mucronulatum. None of the Arboreum hybrids. A lot of the Kurume Azaleas showing bits of flower. Camellia hybrids very good and Reticulata Mary Williams, out also several of our seedlings. Just been cold and the only Sutchuenense hybrid out cut but not the Camellias in the main. Eight large buds on the Magnolia grandiflora.
1931 – JCW
A very late year for Rhodo ⁿs. Mucronulatum has been nice and Rh venustum most excellent. C speciosa well out on the wall and in the camellia bed.
1916 – JCW
Many Rhodo’s of sorts and kinds opening but the fences of Berberis fascicularis ( or Pinnata) make the best January flowering shrubs that we have seen , almost all from Fisher Lindsey.