2018 – CHW
Yesterday a Great Gardens of Cornwall meeting at Lanhydrock Estate Office and then a garden tour with Tommy Teagle, the head gardener, who has worked here since 1977. Peter Borlaise, his predecessor, is now 90 but still going strong which is good news.
Rhododendron serotinum which is scented and very like Rhododendron auriculatum except in its leaf shape.
Overnight at Brasted’s hotel and restaurant near Norwich. Left home at 3pm. Flight from Newquay to Stansted and sitting down to dinner by 8.45pm.
Blueberry fruit changing colour already in the Harrod Horticultural vegetable garden.
A few more Burncoose novelties for the 2017 catalogue photographed today:Euphorbia choracias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ seems very similar to Euphorbia ‘White Swan’ but if you like variegation this is one for you.
2015 – CHW
A very old Azalea indica with orange-red flowers outside the front door is coming out. We know the Camellia ‘Lady Clare’ beside it dates from 1902 and that the pictures of JCW and his mother moving into Caerhays in 1868 does not show the azalea.
Three more Magnolia grandifloras on the top wall are now out. One has had a flower since February (see back). They all came from New Zealand about 20 years ago.‘Main Street’ – with large and unpleasantly floppy flowers.
‘Russet’ – with attractive indumentum under the leaves well worth growing.
‘Overton’ – smaller shiny leaves and more pointed flowers. Small growing but still likes being on a wall.
1991 – FJW
Wet June – very heavy rain today – cool. DFW started her magnum carpet.
1933 – JCW
Just as in 1931.
1931 – JCW
Came back from Scotland. Maddeni has been as good as I ever saw as they have escaped the hot sun which commonly ruins the flowers. Harrow hybrids are really fine. Mag parviflora has many blooms perhaps hundreds on the big plant. Styrax japonica is not open yet. The late Obtusums near the Top Lodge are in flower.
1924 – JCW
R griersonianum, R maddeni, Harrow hybrids are all good. Styrax hemsleyanus comes on fast.
1920 – JCW
Ten days earlier than the above. The Beech Walk A arborescens are very good and so is the Maddeni . A Mikado is good at the Top Lodge.
1916 – JCW
Maddeni, the Wilson Fortunei’s , one or two Harrow hybrids, a Mikado and an orange azalea or so are all of that family open, with the Maddeni x cinnabarinum lot. Bamboo henonis is just starting.
1915 – JCW
Azalea Mikado and R micranthum with the Ponticums in the shade are the best rhodo’s. Wilson’s Fortunei’s are opening. B henonis is not really open yet. R calophytum is very good.