2019 – CHW
Today an examination of Magnolia stellata and its forms growing here. Against the run of play they seem to be coming out at their normal time instead of being rather earlier than the main flush of other magnolia species. Certainly the old 1893 M. stellata planted plant on the front of the castle is later into flower than usual.
Magnolia stellata ‘Chrysanthenumiflora’ in the sun. Just coming out so you can see the vertical pink striping at its best on the outside of the tepals. This was actually labelled as Magnolia stellata ‘Kiskei’. ‘Kiskei’ is certainly pink but the striping makes it definitely ‘Chrysanthenumiflora’ I believe.
2018 – CHW
2017 – CHW A trip to Old Park which many visitors will not yet have experienced since we cleared the debris and opened it up to the public. Today it was at its absolute best and I will let you enjoy it for yourself! Come quickly and see it too.
A young Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ flowering for the first time on the way to Old Park.
Fine, still and dry (again). Finally we have some spring warmth in the sun.Above the wall a ‘Caerhays Belle’ sister seedling is coming out. Pleasant enough and a good splash from the front door but nowhere near as good as the true Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’.
Hamamelis (mollis) brevipetala
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Aphrodite’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Rubin’
Betual albosinensis ‘Kenneth Ashburner’
2015 – CHWThe three old plants of Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’ below the Engine House are on their last legs. Despite additions of well-rotted manure over the years old age has caught up with them. At least some of these reticulatas were planted in 1897. Unlike most camellias reticulatas do not reshoot when cut down so one cannot reinvigorate them this way. This plant has always proved impossible from cuttings but James Williams’ gardener at Tregullow has managed it. A young plant now thrives in the Auklandii garden although it is a bit darker in colour than our originals.
Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ is at its absolute best on the main ride (the yellow form) and on the drive (the pink form). This was a JCW hybrid between Rhododendron lutescens and Rhododendron moupinense which received an AM in 1937. Normally out first in February; this year’s show has remained for weeks due to the continuing mild and calm weather.
1997 – FJW
Magnolias at their best – have rushed out – mild and fairly dry.
1985 – FJW
Serena Williams arrived at 5.10pm for her first visit. Smiled on entering. Four magnolias in flower and in sight as she did so.
1963 – FJW
Mild weather – moupinense, Golden Oriole have come through well.
1958 – FJW
Bud gone from all best Magnolias, Michelia were afflicted, culling easterly wind.
1933 – JCW
Wilsons big Magnolia shows colour, daffs are near their best. Wild duck hatched.
1929 – JCW
A very late season, but two hot dry days have pushed a good few daffs open and several hybrid rhodo’s of which the best are the Thomsonii hybrids and the Sutchuenense hybrids.
1924 – JCW
Very few Rhodo’s of any kind are opening, ciliatum with cantabile in the house and Watsonii with Calophytum outside. Fargesii, lutescens and barbatum show flowers hardly any others but hippophaeoides. The berberis hedge and the E hybrida bank are good, some reticulatas open on the top of the wall. Yellow trumpets ⅙ open.
1906 – JCW
The second lot of Chinamen arrived and were planted all were very small.