2024 – CHW
Each year I have a trawl down from the Top Lodge to see exactly what camellias are showing in this very early year. These 50 or so plants were all planted out in 2007 and are now coming into their prime. Quite a show today but still only about a third are yet in flower. (I showed you a few a fortnight or so ago so will not repeat these here).
Camellia japonica ‘Desire’ just beginning.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Mathotiana Alba’ – just a couple of flowers on two separate plants. I would call this very early for any Mathotiana.
A visit to the greenhouse but not much in flower to see here yet.Bursting seeds pods on Microtropis petelotii.
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’ is a little late again this year.
A visit to Burncoose today to find four lorries pouring concrete to create the level access for lorries delivering to the now extended shed beside the main pack house. The Dutch herbaceous delivery is spread out in the extended shed awaiting potting on a very cold day.
Jasminum nudiflorum – winter jasmine – with pinkish buds but, as yet, no white flowers. A substantial wall shrub which survived the builders and scaffolding over it last summer. 10-12ft in height with a similar spread.
Jaimie visited Heligan gardens yesterday where he photographed Cestrum elegans in full flower with plenty of bud on a large multi-stemmed bush in full leaf. There is always confusion with C. elegans and Cestrum fasciculatum / C. fasciculatum ‘Newellii’. C. elegans is variable in flower colour and grows twice the size of C. fasciculatum here on the top wall where it is at least 12ft tall. I may be wrong but I think the Heligan plant is indeed C. elegans although a bit different in colour to ours which is certainly not out today. I will check to see if the buds are obvious yet.
Returning to beyond Georges Hut.Tetrapanax papyifera ‘Rex’ has had some leaves blown off by wind or are they just dropping naturally off the main stem? The new growth and indumentum on the new shoots is impressive as is the developing clump of suckers.
First flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘Monica Dance’ on the main ride. Not yet a decent shape or colour.
Main ride now swept of leaves and looking smart.
Hydrangea ‘Geoffrey Chadbund’ by the cash point still has one untouched flower at the very top and no leaf loss atall.The Camellia ‘St Ewe’ overhanging the cash point is full out but the wind has already blown off many scores of flowers onto the tarmac.
1998 – FJW
First snowdrop – very wet and thunderstorms.1985 – FJW
Cold spell started.1968 – FJW
Picked newly open bud of Trewidden Grande.
1952 – CW
Still mild – none can remember more grass, still fuschias, roses and Lapageria. 5 of original Saluenensis out, but little else bar Nobleanum Pink. Hardly any Rhodos and Hamamelis also late. One snowdrop at Vean where [Camellia] J.C.W. out for over a week. Here only odd buds show pink. Very bad storms.
1911 – JCW
I found 14 blooms of Narcissus M Clusii open outside
1908 – JCW
A hard frost for the last 4 days, Coums well on, a few roses yet.
1906 – JCW
The first daffs, Tin Garden, Tenby x Minimus.
1904 – JCW
The first Camellia
1902 – JCW
The first Camellia.