27th March

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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

This camera got dropped recently and is performing badly as you will see.

By far the worst frost damaged genus after hoheria is drimys. Here Drimys winteri largely defoliated and with what will soon be complete leaf drop. A severe prune back in a month or so to rescue it I fear.

Drimys winteri
Drimys winteri
Drimys winteri
Drimys winteri
Camellia ‘Nuccios Jewel’ is just coming out. A good new thing to propagate.
Camellia ‘Nuccios Jewel’
Camellia ‘Nuccios Jewel’
A white Rhododendron calophytum seedling just showing. Not quite true to name really but good enough here.
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron calophytum
More Rhododendron calophytum – a better pink form here with the leaves the right shape but still smallish flowers.
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron calophytum
Rhododendron calophytum
An elderly (40 to 50 years) Camellia reticulata ‘William Hertrich’.
Camellia reticulata ‘William Hertrich’
Camellia reticulata ‘William Hertrich’
Camellia ‘Midnight Variegated’ – the variegation is on the outside of the outer petals and only evident on fallen flowers.
Camellia ‘Midnight Variegated’
Camellia ‘Midnight Variegated’
Camellia ‘Midnight Variegated’
Camellia ‘Midnight Variegated’
An elderly Rhododendron sutchuenense. Not as good as the young plant seen earlier in the week.
Rhododendron sutchuenense
Rhododendron sutchuenense
Camellia ‘Extravaganza’ with irregular red flecking in some but by no means all the flowers. Similar in habit to ‘Mrs D W Davis’. Perhaps the best new camellia to emerge since the cold and snow. Aptly named too!
Camellia ‘Extravaganza’
Camellia ‘Extravaganza’
Camellia ‘Extravaganza’
Camellia ‘Extravaganza’
Camellia ‘Extravaganza’
Camellia ‘Extravaganza’
Camellia cuspidata finally full out.
Camellia cuspidata
Camellia cuspidata
Rhododendron impeditum ‘J C Williams’ just starting to flower.
Rhododendron impeditum ‘J C Williams’
Rhododendron impeditum ‘J C Williams’
Camellia ‘Miss Charleston’ rivals ‘Dr Burnside’ as the best double red Camellia japonica. The latter is more popular today with the public but undeservedly so. It flowers much later than the Dr too.
Camellia ‘Miss Charleston’
Camellia ‘Miss Charleston’
Camellia ‘Miss Charleston’
Camellia ‘Miss Charleston’
Rhododendron arboreum ‘Sir Charles Lemon’ just coming out. Except Sir Charles should be white flowered! The leaf indumentum is correct but not the flower. Definitely Rh. arboreum but I was ‘sold a pup’ many years ago by someone!
Rhododendron arboreum ‘Sir Charles Lemon’
Rhododendron arboreum ‘Sir Charles Lemon’
Osmanthus delavayi just out below Donkey Shoe. These plants were replacements for an elderly hedge which died off of old age here. They were too old to cut back to reshoot (20ft plus).
Osmanthus delavayi
Osmanthus delavayi

2017 – CHW

A nice young clump of Camellia tsai below the Rookery in full flower. A bit late out for this but full shade here.

Camellia tsai
Camellia tsai
Camellia tsai
Camellia tsai
Magnolia ‘Burncoose White’ (or ‘Tennis Court’) – the near white form of mollicomata is flowering profusely in the Rookery. Now that the Bond Street plant has split in half this will be a good substitute. Planted only in 2009.
Magnolia ‘Burncoose White’ (or ‘Tennis Court’)
Magnolia ‘Burncoose White’ (or ‘Tennis Court’)
Magnolia ‘Burncoose White’ (or ‘Tennis Court’)
Magnolia ‘Burncoose White’ (or ‘Tennis Court’)
Beside it is a magnolia which on the plans is shown as ‘Pegasus’. Clearly it is not! Perhaps a ‘Charles Raffil’ or a ‘Princess Margaret’. I think the original plant died and was replaced but the label has vanished.
magnolia which on the plans is shown as ‘Pegasus’
magnolia which on the plans is shown as ‘Pegasus’
magnolia which on the plans is shown as ‘Pegasus’
magnolia which on the plans is shown as ‘Pegasus’
2010 planted Magnolia ‘Apollo’ just coming out. We now have three or four of these good New Zealand hybrids of a similar age. Another good magnolia we seem not to have planted with all the others in the early 1990s after the hurricane clearances.
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’ – the third of these x loebneri forms in the last three days. Less tepals here perhaps but certainly nice enough. All of them make an excellent impact. So we still have to find ’Donna’ and ‘Mags Pirouette’ for a full comparison of all of them.
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Ballerina’
A wild collected seed Magnolia cylindrica just coming out. The reddish stripe at the base of the flower is hardly yet visible. Our original ?1950s cylindrica is smaller growing and pure white.
Magnolia cylindrica
Magnolia cylindrica
Magnolia cylindrica
Magnolia cylindrica
One of the original white arboreums on Burns Bank. The second plant beyond this is about to die of old age at 60ft. Too dark now to catch this.
white arboreums
white arboreums
A young Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’ bought from France is flowering for the first time below Burns Bank. Different in colour and shape from the Tregullow plant in the Auklandii Garden. Stamens much smaller and less visible and more of a partial semi double.
Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’
Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’

2016 – CHW
Easter Sunday. To Burncoose for family Easter lunch with my brother and a very fit Mrs Piper. There has been a serious cock up with the export quotes and orders. Basically the office have not done any since early January and I find a file deliberately hidden away with over 40 to do. What plonkers we look to our potential customers. I am not feeling in a charitable mood as everyone pathetically blames each other / not my responsibility. Better not say any more here but they will all be done by the end of bank holiday Monday!Amid the heavy showers (some hail) I manage a quick trip to the Top Lodge to look at one or two new magnolias here. A couple have died and a few struggle.

Magnolia soulangeana ‘Dr Callies’ is flowering for the first time in the teeth of the wind. I guess it is a soulangeana variety but I can see very little to get excited about. From Eisenhut originally.
Magnolia soulangeana ‘Dr Callies’
Magnolia soulangeana ‘Dr Callies’

Along the top bank above the drive we planted, in 2008, alternate magnolias and birches with good bark. Some of the birches are shaping up nicely but the labels have mainly not survived the exposure and then the rain drives me back to the car.Rob and Tim have cut up the fallen pine and macrocarpa from the Wednesday northerly gale. A neat job and we now need to plant other trees or conifers in this exposed gap.

cut up fallen pine and macrocarpa
cut up fallen pine and macrocarpa
Camellia x williamsii ‘E G Waterhouse’ looks good beside where I have parked the car.
Camellia x williamsii ‘E G Waterhouse’
Camellia x williamsii ‘E G Waterhouse’
Camellia x williamsii ‘E G Waterhouse’
Camellia x williamsii ‘E G Waterhouse’
2015 – CHW
Annual Caerhays Gardening Weekend starts badly.  Harvey Stephens, who runs the Savill Gardens, has decided to compete with Caerhays in the magnolia classes at the Boconnoc Cornwall Garden Society show (Jim Gardiner judging).Caerhays thinks it owns the magnolia cups after 10 years and outside competition, especially from Windsor, unwelcome!  Harvey is Cornish (although Nadia his wife is not) and started working life at the Probus Demonstration Garden with Jaimie so perhaps he can just be forgiven.  Windsor hold another of the four Plant Heritage National Collections of Magnolia.  Anyway he brings gifts including a Mahonia,  so after we inspect this and Nadia’s Russian vodka we lose the competitive edge.
When I see Jaimie’s entries in the magnolia classes the competition is over anyway. It turned out  three magnolia cups returning to Caerhays and the Walter Magor rhododendron cup going to Burncoose for the first time since 2006. Well done Rob Toy!
MAGNOLIA Lanarth New Zeland Form
M. ‘Lanarth’ NZ Form
Selection of individual blooms
Selection of individual blooms
MAGNOLIA Darjeeling
MAGNOLIA ‘Darjeeling’
MAGNOLIA Shirazz
MAGNOLIA ‘Shirazz’
MAGNOLIA Caerhays Surprise
MAGNOLIA ‘Caerhays Surprise’
MAGNOLIA Caerhays Surprise
MAGNOLIA ‘Caerhays Surprise’
MAGNOLIA Ruth Philip Tregunna Lanarth
MAGNOLIA ‘Ruth’, ‘Philip Tregunna’ & ‘Lanarth’

1987 – FJW
Another very bad gale – more damage at Burncoose than here. Irroratum blown over. Magnolias show they were blasted by January cold.

1967 – FJW
Hale from above and oil menace growing.

1964 – FJW
Robusta in Donkey Shoe at its best – Irroratums have been good. ‘Mr Garden’ has been excellent but is now over. Poor magnolia year. St Ewe hedge just past best.

1934 – JCW
No real cold for a long time. 3 or 4 magnolias show some flowers. Mag denudata has the most bloom.

1923 – JCW
We are a long way ahead of 1917.

1912 – JCW
The Barbatums, Mrs Butler x, Thomsonii x, are at their best and so the Arboreum. Rho fargesii, the big quarry plant, is most beautiful. Anenome alpenina good, daffs at their best.

1908 – JCW
No Reticulata but stuff has moved well in the last week. ½ of (Narcissi) King A open.

1907 – JCW
Well ahead of 1900, 1901, 1902 and 1904. Citron is opening. Monarch open and nearly all King A.

1904 – JCW
Picked a Cam reticulata well out, only half King A open.

1901 – JCW
Jacko shows colour and Cardinal is picked, two flowers hardly open.

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