12th March

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

A drab day here with heavy rain so here are some other plants from Rosemoor yesterday.

Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp niptiophila – showing its bark to best effect.

Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp niptiophila
Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp niptiophila
Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp niptiophila
Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp niptiophila
Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp niptiophila
Eucalyptus pauciflora subsp niptiophila
Lindera triloba – out more fully than last year. I fear our large plant below Slip Rail has died.
Lindera triloba
Lindera triloba
Lindera triloba
Lindera triloba
Ypsilandra thibetica better than I have ever seen it before. What an odd bulb? This will catch on and be a major seller.
Ypsilandra thibetica
Ypsilandra thibetica
Ypsilandra thibetica
Ypsilandra thibetica
Ypsilandra thibetica
Ypsilandra thibetica
Disanthus cercidifolius just coming into leaf. We must try planting this here again after three failures. It is very particular about its location.
Disanthus cercidifolius
Disanthus cercidifolius
Disanthus cercidifolius
Disanthus cercidifolius
A fine Fatsia polycarpa like the one here but without the spidery leaves of some newer wild collected forms which we saw in Devon nurseries a month ago.
Fatsia polycarpa
Fatsia polycarpa
Fatsia polycarpa
Fatsia polycarpa
Daphne odora ‘Rebecca’ was full out and very fine. A weak plant though and hard to grow well.
Daphne odora ‘Rebecca’
Daphne odora ‘Rebecca’
Daphne odora ‘Rebecca’
Daphne odora ‘Rebecca’
Daphne odora ‘Rebecca’
Daphne odora ‘Rebecca’
Pittosporum adaphniphilloides as a mature plant. We have just got this started here although it is listed in JCW’s notes and in the 1964 tree measuring records.
Pittosporum adaphniphilloides
Pittosporum adaphniphilloides
Pittosporum adaphniphilloides
Pittosporum adaphniphilloides
Azara microphylla was plastered in tiny flowers.
Azara microphylla
Azara microphylla
Azara microphylla
Azara microphylla
Hebe ‘Heartthrob’ – vulgar and disgusting perhaps but very saleable.
Hebe ‘Heartthrob’
Hebe ‘Heartthrob’
Hebe ‘Heartthrob’
Hebe ‘Heartthrob’
Hebe ‘Heartthrob’
Hebe ‘Heartthrob’
Phillyrea angustifolia – again plastered in tiny flowers and better than I have ever seen before.
Phillyrea angustifolia
Phillyrea angustifolia
Phillyrea angustifolia
Phillyrea angustifolia
Phillyrea angustifolia
Phillyrea angustifolia
Rhododendron ‘Praecox’ – a particularly good flowering form although completely deciduous here.
Rhododendron ‘Praecox’
Rhododendron ‘Praecox’
Rhododendron ‘Praecox’
Rhododendron ‘Praecox’
(Heather) Erica carnea ‘Myretoun Ruby’ – easily the best thing today in the heather beds.
Erica carnea ‘Myretoun Ruby’
Erica carnea ‘Myretoun Ruby’
Erica carnea ‘Myretoun Ruby’
Erica carnea ‘Myretoun Ruby’
Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticlear’ in full flower.
Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticlear’
Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticlear’
Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticlear’
Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticlear’
Osmanthus burkwoodii – excellent in flower as a low clipped hedge.
Osmanthus burkwoodii
Osmanthus burkwoodii
Osmanthus burkwoodii
Osmanthus burkwoodii
Osmanthus burkwoodii
Osmanthus burkwoodii
Osmanthus burkwoodii
Osmanthus burkwoodii

2016 – CHW
First day of the RHS Rosemoor Early Spring Show at Rosemoor Gardens. After a frost the last two nights and the north wind this week exhibitors will be struggling to find perfect and un scorched blooms. Indeed they were! Jaimie and Michael plus Rob and Tim all spent six hours setting up on Friday and entering loads of classes. They work hard and do it well with great enthusiasm. An example to other public gardens who cannot be bothered to enter.Our three vases/sprays of magnolias in the main magnolia class looked magnificent when finished. They were this year:

Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ (Jaimie’s hybrid registered last year)

Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’

Magnolia ‘Philip Tregunna’ (the younger plant where the old ‘Diva’ grew)

Magnolia ‘Philip Tregunna’
Magnolia ‘Philip Tregunna’

Magnolia sprengeri diva ‘Burncoose’ (from below Slip Rail)

Magnolia sprengeri diva ‘Burncoose’
Magnolia sprengeri diva ‘Burncoose’
Fourth with Magnolia ‘Shirraz’ in the single vase/spray class. ‘Shirraz’ did not really fit with the shape of the other two.

Karol and I took up the (Chelsea) screen for the exhibition room yesterday with a rolling display of interviews and historical information about the foundation of the Rhododendron Society in 1916. There was also an exhibition of old manuscripts etc in a small cabinet and six display boards with copies of historic maps and pictures (plenty from Caerhays). John Marston, the Rhododendron Camellia & Magnolia Group Southwest chairman, in a huge state of excitement but Karol and I sneak off to take photographs in Rosemoor Gardens while there was enough light. There were more visitors at Caerhays Gardens today than at Rosemoor on Friday!Now on to the show itself today. Justin brings up some magnolias early on from Burncoose for a selling table and I give him a hand to set up. Justin is a natural salesman whose lack of plant knowledge is amply covered by his charm and ‘sales technique’ (bullshit). Not since Trevor Wright (insurance salesman who helped at Chelsea for 40 plus years) have we had anyone half as good. A joy to watch him operate.

The magnolia classes were all first (and in some cases also second/third) prize to Caerhays so we retained the magnolia cup which Jaimie received from David Millais, Rhododendron Camellia & Magnolia Group chairman. I think we may have given it to the show in the first place and we have held it ever since.

magnolia cup which Jaimie received from David Millais
magnolia cup which Jaimie received from David Millais

It was not a bad show considering the weather but not as good as previous years. Marwood Hill and Greenway Gardens won cups for camellias and shrubs and Barry Starling for Rhododendron vialli (tender and bright red). It is well run by the RHS and the Hayward sisters, Pam and Sally, for whom nothing is too much trouble.Good gossip in that Jaimie’s mate Harvey is to run Savill and Valley Gardens after Mark Flanagan’s untimely death. Bad gossip that Michael Heathcote-Amery died before his unique oak collection was properly transferred into a new trust at Chevithorne Manor to protect it.

2015 – CHW

Susanna van Veen CHW
Magnolia ‘Susanna van Veen’
MAGNOLIA Caerhays Belle
MAGNOLIA ‘Caerhays Belle’

Magnolia ‘Susanna van Veen’ superb above Crinodendron Hedge although only planted eight years ago. The same parentage as Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ and pretty much identical even though of New Zealand origin. Strange that this hybrid performs exactly the same in both the northern and southern hemispheres when so many others do not (eg ‘Vulcan’, ‘Lanarth’, ‘Ians Red’, ‘Genie’, ‘Red as’)

2002 – FJW
Mag J C Williams, (thanks to CHW’s efforts and skills) secured an F.C.C. Nice flower picked on Acacia longifolia.

2001 – FJW
Early Magnolias well out – a good new one above the wall.

1972 – FJW
Strong easterly wind. Mr Gore full out, also campbellii and robusta and mollicomata hybrids on Georges bank. Donkey Shoe robusta ½ out.


1945 – CW
Some frost and very dry as last year. Daffodils short but more than half out. Magnolia campbellii and some mollicomata almost good. Sargentiana robusta one at its best, Kobus in 40 Acres good and below Engine House. Denudata nearly at its best. Rho lutescens covered as it used to at Greenway. Reds, pink hybrids, Arboreum and single Camellias all at best. Perhaps our best weekend.

1944 – CW
There has been a little frost for some weeks which has left things back. Magnolia campbellii good and a big Salicifolia. Sargentiana and Mollicomata both have flowers open but some a little brown – over 50 of the purpurescens quite perfect. Camellias (single) past their best. Daffodils small and want rain. Michelia superba coming out but a bit frosted.

1928 – JCW
Two nights of frost have cleared the big Kobus of bloom and every Rhodo on the place and there was a lot of bloom.

1925 – JCW
(Handwritten note attached to Garden Book page)
Rhodo’s open:
R obtusum
R spinuliferum +
R traense
R albrechtii +
R quinquefolium +
R irroratum o
R decorum +
R lutescens o
R argenteum
R primulinum
R scintillans +
R impeditum +
R hippophaeoides
R moupinense
R arboreum pink and white o
R sulfureum o
R mollicoma +
R raceosum o
R rireii o
R sutchuenense o
R scabrifolium o
R longistylum
R ciliatum
R dahuricum(+ = not open in 1930)
(o = out in 1964)

1918 – JCW
Camellias cuspidata and reticulata opening, some doubles open and the single white. The best Rhodo’s are sutchuenense going over, calophytum well open, barbatum going back, Rho reticulatum and fargesii nice and oleifolium perhaps the best of all. Early scarlets and yellows amongst the daffs are open.

1912 – JCW
Camellia reticulata has had odd flowers open for some days.

1903 – JCW
Seen Dawsons and Ludgvan, hardly anything ahead of us.

1900 – JCW
Some Italian, several Cernuus, most of the G Spur, nearly all the maximus. The first Pallidus P breaks colour.

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