16th March

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
JC Williams Profile Picture
JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

A visit to Burncoose to make short topical tips videos for the website with a professional film maker. It was thought we could only do six in a day but Rob and I did 18 in the garden and Gerry did 10 more in the nursery. We have now done nearly 50 in two days of filming. Four more days of videos to go.

You can view them on our Burncoose youtube channel.

A few more missing pictures captured for the website.

Magnolia soulangeana ‘Picture’ looking good.

Magnolia soulangeana ‘Picture’
Magnolia soulangeana ‘Picture’
Magnolia soulangeana ‘Picture’
Magnolia soulangeana ‘Picture’
Magnolia soulangeana ‘Picture’
Magnolia soulangeana ‘Picture’
A fine plant of Magnolia x thompsoniana (Magnolia tripelata x Magnolia virginiana). You can see the virginiana in the stem colour.
Magnolia x thompsoniana
Magnolia x thompsoniana
Magnolia x thompsoniana
Magnolia x thompsoniana
Podocarpus ‘Red Embers’ will look better when the new growth emerges.
Podocarpus ‘Red Embers’
Podocarpus ‘Red Embers’
Podocarpus ‘Red Embers’
Podocarpus ‘Red Embers’
Podocarpus ‘Red Embers’
Podocarpus ‘Red Embers’
Podocarpus ‘Red Embers’
Podocarpus ‘Red Embers’
Pseudotaxus chienii looks a bit insipid.
Pseudotaxus chienii
Pseudotaxus chienii
Pseudotaxus chienii
Pseudotaxus chienii
Pseudotaxus chienii
Pseudotaxus chienii
Pseudotaxus chienii
Pseudotaxus chienii
Schefflera rhododendrifolia – too small to sell yet. Seems an odd name really as the leaves look nothing like a rhodo!
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Schefflera rhododendrifolia
Camellia ‘Valley Knudsen’ was just coming out properly.
Camellia ‘Valley Knudsen’
Camellia ‘Valley Knudsen’
Camellia ‘Valley Knudsen’
Camellia ‘Valley Knudsen’
Viola odorata flowering away nicely with strong scent.
Viola odorata
Viola odorata
Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ just coming into flower. Better than ‘Ascot Rainbow’ I think.
Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’
Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’
Vaccinum cylindraceum with a bit of late ‘autumn’ colour? Or the plant is dying!
Vaccinum cylindraceum
Vaccinum cylindraceum

Back to Caerhays and a trip around to look at yet more magnolias. Great to have enough daylight to take photographs at 5.30pm.Magnolia ‘Tina Durio’ looks as it should in the reference books. A slow growing and spreading tree. The tepals will open flat eventually.

Magnolia ‘Tina Durio’
Magnolia ‘Tina Durio’
Magnolia ‘Tina Durio’
Magnolia ‘Tina Durio’
Magnolia ‘Big Dude’ is not really as large as all that but I think it does just about fit the description in Dorothy Callaway’s magnolia book. The tepals are white inside.
Magnolia ‘Big Dude’
Magnolia ‘Big Dude’
Magnolia ‘Big Dude’
Magnolia ‘Big Dude’
Magnolia ‘Big Dude’
Magnolia ‘Big Dude’
A first flowering for the newly planted Camellia ‘Scentsation’. It is a japonica variety and I got no scent at all! Hard to see how it can have a scent as there appear to be no anthers and stamens and it is a formal double. The French label still survives so presumably it is correctly named.
Camellia ‘Scentsation’
Camellia ‘Scentsation’
Camellia japonica ‘Adeyalia’ is a fair single red but nothing tearing.
Camellia japonica ‘Adeyalia’
Camellia japonica ‘Adeyalia’
Magnolia ‘Pristine’ is just out. Nothing special here either.
Magnolia ‘Pristine’
Magnolia ‘Pristine’
Magnolia ‘Pristine’
Magnolia ‘Pristine’
Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’ is now full out. The best shape and colour of any magnolia out in the garden today.
Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’
Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’
Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’
Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’
Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’
Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’

2016 – CHW
A trip to Old Park which has finally dried up on the paths enough to encourage the public to visit. Not that much to see as the magnolias frosted and windblown but more to come. Particularly the original Magnolia campbellii Alba (one of three overall) is enjoying the removal of the tree canopy and has loads of bud.The Gunnera manicata beds are starting to move although there is still a little frost damage to the leaf edges. They will readily grow through this.
Gunnera manicata
Gunnera manicata
This Quercus acuta was stripped by a falling pine tree and turned into a totem pole. However, after two years, it is reshooting vigorously as a bushy trunk. Great resilience for an elderly tree.
Quercus acuta
Quercus acuta
The planting towards the lawn end gate has settled and the spraying of the rushes has been most successful. Very few have survived.
planting towards the lawn end gate
planting towards the lawn end gate
Another Quercus acuta at the edge of the massive new clearing has lost a limb or two but is enjoying more light. It is the same size now as the stripped one was.
Another Quercus acuta at the edge of the massive new clearing (1)
Another Quercus acuta at the edge of the massive new clearing (1)
Another Quercus acuta at the edge of the massive new clearing (2)
Another Quercus acuta at the edge of the massive new clearing (2)
The new Chinese rhododendron collection has settled well and I can (so far) see few casualties from last year’s planting.
Chinese rhododendron collection
Chinese rhododendron collection
This poor michelia has been recently stripped of its leaves in the recent north wind. A few buds remain but has it got enough strength to reshoot? Doubtful.
michelia has been recently stripped of its leaves
michelia has been recently stripped of its leaves
This young Pinus insignis looked fine in January but roe deer have now nibbled it nearly to death and it will never make a tree now. I saw one buck emerge from the bamboos on the top ride with a Labrador in belated pursuit. The buck stopped on the rise and looked back with contempt. Early one morning the pine may be avenged.
Pinus insignis
Pinus insignis
There is still a huge amount of space for more planting but let us get what is there established properly for a year or two first.
2015 – CHW
There are quite a few magnolias to which my father and Philip Tregunna gave names but which have never been formally registered with the RHS or the Magnolia Society international. Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’, Magnolia ‘Burncoose White’ – a form of mollicomata that is almost white growing above the tennis court at Burncoose and now also at Caerhays in Bond Street, Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’, Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’. There is also Magnolia mollicomata ‘Mary Williams’ named by my great uncle, after his wife. All these plants need also to be propagated and included in the Burncoose catalogue.
MAGNOLIA Burncoose White
MAGNOLIA ‘Burncoose White’
MAGNOLIA Mary Williams
MAGNOLIA ‘Mary Williams’
MAGNOLIA Delia Williams
MAGNOLIA ‘Delia Williams’
What a delight it is to see the greenhouse neat and tidy with scores of seeds being started towards germination by Asia. It will be interesting to record the successes and failures later in the year.

1988 – FJW
Gales after 6 dry warm weeks – Magnolias first class but ruined today.


1919 – JCW
Rhodo’s much as in 1917 it may be a bit further on, daffodils well ahead with a good bulge on the bud of our early poets (red and white). Prunus conradinae is over. Subhirtella not yet open.

1917 – JCW
Not a yellow bud in the Tin Garden, the first Caerhays opened yesterday. The following Rhodo’n species open or show colour – barbatum, davidii, sutchuenense, moupinense, scabrifolium, lutescens, argeteum, arboreum, irroratum (only just), mucronulatum. Cerasus conradinae just opening.1914 – JCW
One Cam reticulata on wall by Library. R argenteum and most arboreums at their best. Some trumpets but a few incomps open. The best white Arboreum is hardly open. Barbatums well on, a few P Mary.

1913 – JCW
A few reticulata, and bad ones, open. We have nearly reached the poets in daffodils. Ciliatums going over, the best white Arboreum is well out, some Barbatums over some partly out – half the Tin Garden P Mary open.

1908 – JCW
We are just as in 1902 bar the Reticulata.

1906 – JCW
We are distinctly ahead of 1903. R shilsoni on the wane, White Queen fit to force for pollen. Many reticulatas open.

1904 – JCW
Rather later, say five days, than in 1903.

1903 – JCW
Sir Watkins, Emperor, Horsfieldii, 116, Artemis all out and Princep Mary, Albatross, Seagull, Caerhays, G Spur, H Irving, Maximus and Victoria at their best, King A, Sirius, G Bell and RRB well out. [?] at their best and so are R wilsonii, barbatum and most of the arboreums.

1902 – JCW
Sir Watkin open, some Artemis (23), Maximus nearly all, Caerhays nearly all also G Spur, some few Reticulata and Ciliatum. Picked the first Southern Star, many Victoria out.

1901 – JCW
An odd Victoria open, 23 nearly open, one Ciliatum early seedling, but hardly any of the above are even near opening.

1899 – JCW
Very few Sir Watkins open, a few K Spurrell, Horsfieldii, Emperor, 116, several 23, maximus going over. Caerhays at its best, also G Spur, no ciliatum or reticulata properly open.

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