2019 – CHW
I have not often seen this very vigorous but supposedly annual climber before. Cobaea scandens here is well up to the rafters in height and clearly not an annual after the last mild winter. The flowers appear irregularly and are followed by large white seed pods. The owners of this garden outside Seaview treat Cobaea as an annual which will be killed by frost and keep seeds back every year just in case. This is definitely a plant which the nursery ought to be offering.
Off to the Isle of Wight shortly in the continuing heatwave.Deer nibbling on a young magnolia on the drive. Just the leaves by the look of it.
The 2018 Burncoose catalogue first proof is done after seven to eight days’ work. VIP moment! This is the 35th year I have completed this tedious and time consuming job.The clearance work above the top wall continues apace. Time for a good fire now I suggest. One man (Ross Collins) and one machine only with all the skills in felling, grubbing stumps and clearing while piling up the useable timer. A serious professional.
The Magnolia Society International have registered five more of the Caerhays bred magnolias and listed these in Volume 51 of their journal. This will make it easier to propagate and market these excellent plants to the public via Burncoose. They have yet to register ‘Tropicana’ or ‘Mr Julian’ which will hopefully come later.
On holiday, having a few days off.
End of remarkable hay harvest – 3000 bales brought in in a fortnight – Terrace Garden still late – Top Lodge Camellias still have flowers.
1926 – JCW
Had ¾ in about 2 ½ days. American Pillar and R coulteri very good indeed. Picked the first Auriculatum hybrid two days ago. Harrow hybrids would be fine but the heat ruins them.
1923 – JCW
R coulteri has had a few flowers only. Brunonis and Mitraria are nice. The Plagianthus are but just opening.
1919 – JCW
R coulteri has hardly started. Brunonis is fair but not good. This years roses bad.
1918 – JCW
Romney Coulteri is nice. R Brunonis has been and is splendid. Rose beds are fair. Daffodils sown in the open for the first time for 25 years. We have no pans to share. Very long spell of dry weather. Caucasicum red buds burst.