To Oxfordshire for the Hook Norton board meeting and AGM. A long day but no rows or upset. The new Malthouse Cellar restaurant was looking good and turnover here and in the shop was up 50% in February.
2017 – CHW
A large group tour lasting two and a quarter hours. They kept up well and were genuinely interested non gardeners. A rarity!
The wild origin Magnolia cylindrica is now full out a week after we first looked.
Easter Monday. After ‘Hurricane Katie’ which raged all last night short sharp heavy showers and another trip to Burncoose to bang more heads together to sort out the exports. Also long letters to the existing providers of our Burncoose admin computer system which is stable but only does half a job and the new company tendering to take over whose promises now all look paper thin. Neither seem to understand that we have an 18 year old website and online ordering system which they have to integrate into their programmes rather than the other way around. Bloody salesmen, do they not talk such bullshit when you pin them down. Then they want more money to adapt their system to accommodate us having promised it would all fit perfectly.The Magnolia campbellii Alba seedling on the drive still looks good amid the gloom.
Hidden away behind it is a rather nice but unexpected Camellia ‘Mary Phoebe Taylor’ which was raised in New Zealand. One of the best dozen x williamsii varieties I think and well up with Debbie, Brigadoon, Anticipation etc.
The bluebells beneath this tree are now full out too and quite a blue carpet.
2015 – CHW
Tour of Old Park and Bond Street with the garden party. Robert Vernon of BlueBell Nursery impressed by the Trochodendron araliodes of which there are two big specimens in Old Park.
Joined at lunch by Sir Richard Carew-Pole’s garden party including Robert Hillier and Kenneth Carlisle.Sir John Carew-Pole (Richard’s father) started these annual March magnolia trips to Caerhays with my father several decades ago and it is excellent to carry on. The magnolias were perhaps at their best a week ago for Serena’s wedding but still nothing to complain about.
2003 – FJW
First wet day THIS month. Magnolias have never flowered better. The pink Magnolia sea side of E P R’s quarry may be the best.
1950 – CW
Camellia and Magnolia conference came around after lunch. They saw Michelia doltsopa and floribunda at their best. Magnolias dawsoniana and mollicomata as well. Diva and Robusta good also white Campbellii – also young Robusta very good. Double Camellias and some Reticulatas flowering well. Saluenensis and hybrids going over. Professor [?] Mume excited about 25252TSA11, Also hybrids (double) below Tin Garden.
Daffodils going over. Auklandii hybrids good but sinogrande only just opening, also Krume.
1931 – JCW
The early Kobus is covered with bloom, a few blooms on the nursery Stellata seedling. Mag denudata purpurascens shows colour in the bud of a pale pink. Corylopsis are very nice.
1927 – JCW
Very much as in 1923 across the page it seems to be an average year now.
1903 – JCW
Picked some M de Graaf two days ago, Homer, Herrick, 215 all opening. Reticulata well out, say half, Lulworth open.
1897 – JCW
I found disease in all the Caerhays trumpet daffodils and also in the snowdrops, I consider that we have finished with them.