30th January

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW
The first magnolia has just come out and it is Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’.

Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’

2016 – CHW
Yet more magnolias. Magnolia campbellii ‘Lamellyn Pink’ is out on the drive and has five flowers out with 40 to 50 more to come although planted in only 2008. I am not sure if this is a scion from the superb Magnolia campbellii above the house at Lamellyn gardens which I admired shortly before Jeremy Peter-Hoblyn’s recent untimely death or a seedling from the original. It is a wonderful dark pink and, as you would expect from a campbellii, a tulip shaped flower.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Lamellyn Pink’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Lamellyn Pink’

Also Magnolia mollicomata ‘Sidbury’ is out in Penvergate. This was early last year and I missed it altogether. The original grows at Sir John Cave’s house, Sidbury Manor, in south Devon and dates from 1946.

Magnolia mollicomata ‘Sidbury’
Magnolia mollicomata ‘Sidbury’

1990 – FJW
C.saluenensis past best – a week of strong gales. Garden damage very bad. IN FACT THE WORST SO FAR.

1989 – FJW
STILL EXTRAORDINARY – flower of Mag Bishop Peter. Record cold in Alaska.

1972 – FJW
Cold spell hard frost – Crossbill too far out.

1947 – CW
Heavy snow, Church Hill blocked. All Western Hunt meetings stopped. I stayed in London as transport impossible and Mary at Penzance 1ft in backyard.

1944 – CW
Single Camellias almost at their best. Lady Clare opening. Double white Sasanqua below nursery window good. Some Lapagerias and first Cyclamineus out. Two yellow incomps in Tin Garden. Rho mucronulatum very good. Arboreum and Blood red opening well. Many sutchuenense x Arboreums out, also ririei. Hergest Reticulata at its best – several Reticulata species good. Crocus, snowdrops and hundreds of wild primroses.

1931 – JCW
Lutescens and Ririei give flowers. Cyclamineus give no colour yet.

1926 – JCW
Prunus conradinae in one case is half open. R lutescens and Ririei very nice. One or two Thomsonii hybrids flowers opening. Scabrifoliums the same. Cyclamineus starts.

1912 – JCW

A hard frost last night which cut the buds out of Auklandii and Aucklandii hybrids. Ice on the pond on a small part of it.

1908 JCW
C coum very good, snowdrops also. No Camellia, one trumpet shows colour. Aconites open well, a very late year. Clematis balearica very nice.

1907 – JCW
C coum were never better, snowdrops are good, far behind 1900 only 1 Camellia open.

1900 – JCW
Nearly all the Minimus, one Soleil D’or, several anenomes, a few crocus, a large lot of Coum and snowdrops, a good lot of Iris stylosa, all the Aconite, many Camellias.

1898 – JCW
I made my first x Minor with Soleil D’or, Magnolia halleana (stellata) open and flowering.