2018 – CHW
To Burncoose to talk through the year end paperwork and likely results. The cold has reduced the number of orders in March by about 500 on last year. Still not as great a reduction as I had been expecting after two bouts of snow and the worst weather since 1979.
Amazing how many two year old camellias have been sold in six weeks. One side of this tunnel was completely full in January. We need to propagate more this year.
This is the unnamed Symplocus species which Susyn Andrews will hopefully name and identify for us. It is forming a big tree.
Planting day at Burncoose from 8am with, for the first time ever, David Williams in attendance. We place out 15 magnolias and a few rare oaks (including Quercus uvarifolius and Quercus myrsinifolia) and some scented rhodos on the drive. Magnolia ‘Burgundy Star’, a new red flowered hybrid from New Zealand, goes in above the tennis court.Camellia ‘Water Lily’ is another good, tall growing, upright x williamsii variety. Not as popular as it was. This one in the Burncoose Lodge garden. Magnolia ‘Sir Harold Hillier’ is flowering properly by the walled garden for the first time. Bred by Nigel Holman at Chyverton it looks like a good campbellii alba seedling really even if named after Sir Harold. More like the New Zealand Magnolia campbellii alba really and possibly the same! Both have a hint of yellow as the bud sheds its outer coatings.
The garden party visit Tregothnan in a severe westerly gale. A large piece of scaffolding on the house falls down over lunch (in the excellent pub at Ruan Lanihorne). Evelyn Boscawen has a row with the scaffolders and asks our party if any of their photos show wonky scaffolding.
The Lanarth seedling on the Bowling Green is superb. A gift from my father in 1962 to Evelyn’s father, Viscount Falmouth.
1970 – FJW
1207 round the garden.
1960 – FJW
Mrs Stirling and her falcon came around the garden. The bird was restless and uninterested.
1958 – FJW
Very like 1928. Big Kobus still coming on.
1935 – JCW
No frost so far. Fuschias moving again. On the day before yesterday Mary saw 3 whales in our bay. Daffs well on.
1928 – JCW
Recovering from the big frost. The early Kobus is over, the late one is opening. Halleana under the nursery is good.
1924 – JCW
Much as in 1921 and 1923. Daffs in front of 1908 and of 1905, also of 1897. Magnolia kobus, the early one, is open and Magnolia halleana by the nursery.
1923 – JCW
Red Auklandii and white starting to open, only a few Reticulata but it is a bad season for them.
1921 – JCW
Big cherries not open, 5-6 of the species show flower. Red Auklandii x at their best. White Auklandii x about five days behind them. C reticulata at its very best.
1912 – JCW
Daffs have begun to wane, though Poets are to come. Cherries 113 are open.
1911 – JCW
A fair lot of colour open in Tin Garden, no real poets. R ciliatum going back. C indivisa very nice.
1908 – JCW
Kin A’s all out, plenty of seedling daffs, am sending several colour things to Dawson for London. M halleana a few open, shilsonii going back. Our show is 8 days off. P Mary well out, Monarch hardly.
1905 – JCW
Weardale, Monarch, Firebrand and White Lady are well out, also a poet or two. The show is on April 4th.
1901 – JCW
A heavy fall of snow, say three inches.
1899 – JCW
Golden Bell, Emperor and Horsfieldii most of them opening, a few Princep M, 116 several, Commodore most, and the early Poeticus, with Dante.
1897 – JCW
Wilsoni, Major and Auratius all out, also Mrs Thompson.