2022 – CHW
An exciting development. Jaimie has discovered a self-sown Camellia x williamsii seedling near Crinodendron Hedge which has bicoloured flowers and is markedly different from any other x williamsii variety growing or bred at Caerhays. Is it worthy of registration and naming? We think so but judge these three pictures for yourselves. Now we need to consider an appropriate name to try to register it as. Camellia x williamsii ‘Bicolor’? Or ‘Isla Rose’ after my eldest granddaughter? It is growing reasonably near the Isla Rose Plantation. Isla Rose not a bad selling name once we get this into propagation next year at Burncoose but other suggestions welcome.
Filthy wet day but much milder.This is a graft of Magnolia campbellii subsp. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ which was taken from one of the original wild collected Lanarths growing at the top of the lawn at Lanarth near St Keverne on the Lizard where I expect it is also out today. This small tree is a beauty with the stunted growth of its parent, smallish rather rounded leaves, and true ‘Lanarth’ coloured flowers. The five or six original Lanarths at Lanarth are all slightly different in colour but not in habit. Most are in the walled garden there. Small spreading trees in old age from the 1930s which never have that many flowers but what a colour! Jaimie spotted this, our fourth magnolia to flower this year, above Orchid House Nursery bed. A better colour than the seedling Lanarth above Crinodendron Hedge but identical to the one on the bank outside the Georgian Hall whose buds still look tight which was planted in the mid-1950s and has only flowered three or four times.
Magnolia ‘Todd’s Forty Niner’ is finally showing colour. I have checked this once a week since Christmas.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Darjeeling’ has sprung open, probably as a result of the north wind, since it was showing nothing three days ago. Jaimie has cut an excellent flower and brought it into the house as you can see.
Wind damage to the Schefflera taiwania seed heads which have blown onto the ground while still green and far from ripe.
The shooting season is over and I emerge from three days in bed suffering from a lurgy and exhaustion having hosted 80 plus days. All that remains by the front door are clods of mud from the guns trailer.
Rhododendron ‘Tessa’ has a few flowers of a poor colour beside the clump of Rhododendron ovatum. Normally a semi evergreen but not this ‘winter’!
2003 – FJW
First Narcissus by green gate – Camellia as usual.1995 – FJW
Flower on Magnolia Bishop Peter.1989 – FJW
Cam williamsii past their best. Keysii, Crossbill coming. Major remedial (!) works being done at the top of the wood – i.e most of old show stopped dead and now cut down.1981 – FJW
Very mild winter to date. Williamsii’s well and truly out and Sutchuenense, Red Admiral etc. Far too early. Trewidden Argenteum has been first class.1969 – FJW
First snowdrops.1958 – FJW
Period of frost and snow left. 8° frost – little damage. Camellias unabashed.
1940 – CW
I returned after a cold spell when the pond frozen all over as 4 degrees of frost at Trewidden about 21st Jan. All fuschias cut, Geraniums probably dead. The Saluensis Camellias all coming out again but no colour on any Rhodo. This frost harder than Dec 38 but plants not so soft. Hamamelis quite perfect and not touched.
Much as on January 27th 1924 but more C speciosa in, H mollis over but H Arborea is good so is lutescens and moupinense, cyclamineus open.1917 – JCW
Nothing of any use excepting Hamamelis mollis which is very good.1901 – JCW
I saw several yellow Crocus open, have not been about for some days, several seedling trumpets show colour. Snowdrops and Coums are at their best. D. Kingsmill just through the ground.