23rd March

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

2018 – CHW

Off to Llanover Garden in Monmouthshire to give a ‘bursting into spring’ lecture to 42 ladies before they lunched. Mainly camellias on the table as still very few magnolias to offer. We had eight Camellia reticulata varieties on show which were the best thing.

A tour of the gardens at Llanover.

A rather battered Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’ against a wall.

Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
The dovecote in the walled garden.
dovecote in the walled garden
dovecote in the walled garden
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ looking splendid.
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’
Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’
Roses trained up a metal Harrod Horticultural support.
Roses trained up
Roses trained up
Quercus alnifolia with some leaves intact.
Quercus alnifolia
Quercus alnifolia
Quercus alnifolia
Quercus alnifolia
Quercus alnifolia
Quercus alnifolia
Pieris very fine.
Pieris
Pieris
Betula albo sinensis with catkins.
Betula albo sinensis
Betula albo sinensis
Betula albo sinensis
Betula albo sinensis
Betula albo sinensis
Betula albo sinensis
Quercus nigra ‘Beethoven’ – a record tree. Most leaves blown off.
Quercus nigra ‘Beethoven’
Quercus nigra ‘Beethoven’
Quercus nigra ‘Beethoven’
Quercus nigra ‘Beethoven’
Quercus nigra ‘Beethoven’
Quercus nigra ‘Beethoven’
Lithocarpus henryi was especially fine.
Lithocarpus henryi
Lithocarpus henryi
Lithocarpus henryi
Lithocarpus henryi
Wood anemone just appearing.
Wood anemone
Wood anemone
Quercus dentata – supposedly a record tree but I wonder? Some old leaves still on the tree as you would expect.
Quercus dentata
Quercus dentata
Quercus dentata
Quercus dentata
Quercus dentata
Quercus dentata
Nyssa sinensis – another record tree.
Nyssa sinensis
Nyssa sinensis
Nyssa sinensis
Nyssa sinensis
Amazingly Quercus insignis was virtually untouched by the cold – unlike ours.
Quercus insignis
Quercus insignis
Quercus insignis
Quercus insignis
Stewartia pseudocamellia Koreana Group had fine splitting bark on a young tree.
Stewartia pseudocamellia Koreana Group
Stewartia pseudocamellia Koreana Group
Stewartia pseudocamellia Koreana Group
Stewartia pseudocamellia Koreana Group
Sorbus scalaris with an enormous trunk.
Sorbus scalaris
Sorbus scalaris
Sorbus scalaris
Sorbus scalaris
Occasionally you see balls of dense growth on scots pines like this. I forget the proper name but the bonsai growers would fight over this if it ever fell as this is the source of new dwarf scots pines for the rockery.
balls of dense growth on scots pines
balls of dense growth on scots pines
The display of camellias for the lecture.
camellias for the lecture
camellias for the lecture
camellias for the lecture
camellias for the lecture
camellias for the lecture
camellias for the lecture
The Camellia reticulata.
Camellia reticulata
Camellia reticulata

2017 – CHW

Planted out one cartload of pot grown rhododendrons in the morning. Many more open ground ones to go from the three nursery beds.

Rhododendron Xiangense – four plants which we had grown from seed. The first tiny flowers on one of them.

Rhododendron Xiangense
Rhododendron Xiangense
Rhododendron suoilenhense – just coming out. We planted another form of this nearby today with rather different leaves collected by Alan Clarke. Earlier than last year I think.
Rhododendron suoilenhense
Rhododendron suoilenhense
Rhododendron suoilenhense
Rhododendron suoilenhense
Rhododendron suoilenhense
Rhododendron suoilenhense
Rhododendron irroratum ‘Polkadot’ as also exhibited last night by Exbury.
Rhododendron irroratum ‘Polkadot’
Rhododendron irroratum ‘Polkadot’
Rhododendron irroratum ‘Polkadot’
Rhododendron irroratum ‘Polkadot’
Rhododendron irroratum ‘Polkadot’
Rhododendron irroratum ‘Polkadot’
The New Zealand bred Magnolia ‘Purple Platter’ with young michelias behind also in flower.
Magnolia ‘Purple Platter’
Magnolia ‘Purple Platter’
Rhododendron ‘Red Centurion’ – one plant just coming out. Cut some to go to the RHS rhododendron registrar.
Rhododendron ‘Red Centurion’
Rhododendron ‘Red Centurion’
Rhododendron ‘Red Centurion’
Rhododendron ‘Red Centurion’
Rhododendron ‘Red Centurion’
Rhododendron ‘Red Centurion’

2016 – CHW
Placed out around 15 more named magnolias for planting and some new bicolour hydrangeas (15) on the drive. On the way Jaimie and I made a record of the magnolias out in the sun today:Magnolia ‘Apollo’ – just coming out.
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
The unknown/unnamed magnolia seedling created by Philip Tregunna which I thought a fortnight ago was not worth naming is now looking rather more promising. At a guess it has Magnolia campbellii (pink) x Magnolia campbellii Alba seedling as its parents. This may well be one to propagate.
unknown/unnamed magnolia seedling
unknown/unnamed magnolia seedling
unknown/unnamed magnolia seedling
unknown/unnamed magnolia seedling
unknown/unnamed magnolia seedling
unknown/unnamed magnolia seedling
The original Magnolia ‘J C Williams’ is out but rather blown out and not a great colour this year except on the lower branches.
younger Magnolia ‘J C Williams’
younger Magnolia ‘J C Williams’
A young Magnolia ‘Charles Raffill’ is coming out. Very similar to Magnolia ‘Princess Margaret’ I think.
Magnolia ‘Charles Raffill’
Magnolia ‘Charles Raffill’
Magnolia ‘Charles Raffill’
Magnolia ‘Charles Raffill’

Another young Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’ with its first ever flower.

Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’
Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’
Another slightly later into flower (in fact our third tree) of Magnolia ‘Shirraz’ with The Vean behind.
Magnolia ‘Shirraz’
Magnolia ‘Shirraz’
Magnolia ‘Shirraz’
Magnolia ‘Shirraz’

Beside it is another younger Magnolia ‘J C Williams’ also blown open and not dark enough.

younger Magnolia ‘J C Williams’
younger Magnolia ‘J C Williams’

Then the two together.

the two together
the two together

One of the original Magnolia mollicomatas is superb.

One of the original Magnolia mollicomatas
One of the original Magnolia mollicomatas
A second (seedling) Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ is not as good as the now named plant but the flowers are improving in both size and colour. Loads more buds to come yet. This is only the third time it has flowered and it is hereby saved from the chainsaw which was its likely fate on first flowering which was a muddy white.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’

Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’ finally produces a decent flower. The rest were blown away.

Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’
Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’

The view down the drive taking in JCW and others.

The view down the drive taking in JCW and others.
The view down the drive taking in JCW and others.
Below the Four in Hand we have Magnolia mollicomata ‘Tennis Court’. This is the only nearly completely white form of M mollicomata that I know of. It grows in a line of three mollicomatas above the tennis court at Burncoose. This is a well grown grafted plant from there which is untouched by wind or frost and dazzling in the early evening light. You can just see a tiny hint of pink at the base of the flower and the pollen bearing anthers are pink too. Arnold Dance (former head gardener at Burncoose for 40 years) and David Clulow (magnolia collector and breeder from Kent) both rated this plant very highly.
Magnolia mollicomata ‘Tennis Court’
Magnolia mollicomata ‘Tennis Court’
On the way we spot Lindera cercidifolia full out on Hovel Cart Road. I photographed this in bud two to three weeks ago. The scent is delicious!
Lindera cercidifolia
Lindera cercidifolia

2015 – CHW

MAGNOLIA sprengeri var Elongata
MAGNOLIA sprengeri var elongata

Magnolia sprengeri var elongata now comes out by Tin Garden. On 9th February I was clearly wrong and the first magnolia out in this clearing (or indeed the garden then) was a rather poorly coloured Magnolia campbellii. The four 1920’s planted magnolias in this clearing have now all been identified.

The wedding magnolias nearly all survive to grace the Cornwall Red Squirrel Project dinner (175 people) in the wedding tent for a fund raising dinner.

1963 – FJW
First flowers on Camellia noblissima.

1958 – FJW
The Easterly wind came to an end in a fine gust. One big tree down below 4 in Hand. The east wind lasted about 10 days. Ripped leaves off the Giganteums.

1928 – JCW
Magnolias kobus, salicifolia, halleana, conspicua, brozzoni, soulangeana and denudata all showing flowers after the frost.

1922 – JCW
Hard frost which cuts the bloom but is a dry frost, the gardenia stood a night of it, a very cold wind.

1919 – JCW
No Narcissi Poets, M de Graaf open about three weeks behind 1913.

1913 – JCW
M de Graaf and many poets open, an odd cherry flower open, Thomsonii x has waned, Mrs Butlers have begun to wane, R fargesii shows colour, several reticulata blooms open but they are poor ones.

1911 – JCW
Much as in 1910, Rho arboreum at about their best and so Rho argenteum where they have missed the frost. Mag halleana a few, some mume, Camellia Lady Clare good, a few Cam reticulata, no cherries.

1910 – JCW
Very near 1902 in daffs. Rho hodgsoni open, some Fortunei, Arboreum hybrids opening, almost all the plain Arboreums are opening and very nice. Pissardi gone. Cherries not come.

1907 – JCW
Very near 1902, only about 2 (doubtful) Tiandrus x open, a few Mag halleana, hot and cold nights.

1903 – JCW
Two or three de Graaf, a few more Weardales, Citron well open, all King A. Mag halleana good. Cold nights.

1902 – JCW
The first Narcissi M hume, several (10 or 15) Sirius hybrids, several Emperor, many Horsfieldii, the first D Yorke, King Alfred half, G Bell half, Dante a few.

1898 – JCW
Some (Narcissi) G Mundi’s out, Torch open (one), one F Wilson, and a good few tulips in the grass. The bamboos have been moving a little all the winter.

1897 – JCW
Saw young wild ducks. Cherries coming out, Gloria mundi open, a Poetarum, first M de Graaf, Wilsoni Major and Carantius.

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