2nd 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

2017 – CHW
Two hours filming a 1min 45sec piece on ‘Spring has Sprung’ (ie magnolias) for BBC Spotlight news. It was live at lunchtime and more will be on in the evening news. Hail and rain did not help but the Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ was fantastic. The Magnolia campbellii just going over and ‘F J Williams’ looking good too. The same BBC crew from Plymouth filmed the last of these last year too. Cut flowers of Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ will be in vases with the newsreaders tonight we hope!

The worst rabbit damage I have ever seen on rhododendron bark and a mature plant too. This has all occurred in the last few days. Rabbits reacting to the cold weather a week ago by seeking nutrients from bark?

The worst rabbit damage I have ever seen on rhododendron bark
The worst rabbit damage I have ever seen on rhododendron bark
Magnolia campbellii ‘Lamellyn’ with far less flowers than last year is now full out on the drive about five weeks later than last year. Poorish small flowers too so far.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Lamellyn’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Lamellyn’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Lamellyn’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Lamellyn’
Rabbit damage on the ‘Lamellyn’ root system too not far from the damaged rhodo.
Rabbit damage on the ‘Lamellyn’ root system
Rabbit damage on the ‘Lamellyn’ root system
The Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’ clump has been nicely pruned back hard from the drive. Nice new shoots coming through. About 10 years of growth removed. It will, I expect, be a year or two before it flowers properly again. We saw some colour still on this in November in this blog.
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’
Rather odd to be filming (live) outside the front door with Lizzie watching it live on TV at the same time 12ft away! The wonders of modern technology all in a large van with a huge satellite disc. Their phones did not work but the satellite did!

2016 – CHW
Finally an escape from the office to half a day’s planting this afternoon where we get out the 35 or so new camellias from France and the 11 new bamboo species also from France mainly into Kennel Close. No time to plant them all today and it will need several more days to complete this year’s big plant out. It is plenty wet enough underfoot to be planting but the season is rushing on.
Magnolia ‘Mossmans Giant’ above the greenhouse is now full out. It is clearly a Magnolia campbellii ‘Alba’ seedling in reality but a particularly good one with huge flowers. Well worth its place.
Magnolia ‘Mossmans Giant’
Magnolia ‘Mossmans Giant’
Magnolia ‘Mossmans Giant’
Magnolia ‘Mossmans Giant’
Then we picked out 15 magnolias and assorted hardier trees from the greenhouse for Kennel Close planting tomorrow.
15 magnolias and assorted hardier trees
15 magnolias and assorted hardier trees
Still at least 50 magnolias on the frames still to go out though. Not all are quite big enough this year but we start piles to go to different places. It is still too bloody wet to get the quad to the greenhouse which means lots of carrying down the steps.
Still at least 50 magnolias on the frames
Still at least 50 magnolias on the frames
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ is full out now. This photograph is from the front door on an overcast afternoon with squally showers. The dogs have enjoyed it although Rio went to the beach and Nutty ran home to his mummy and howled at the front door upsetting the small number of garden visitors with their dogs on leads!
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’

2005 – FJW
Roy Lancaster sent seeds of [?] tuscularia sp ?? Lithocarpus sp.

2002 – FJW
3 flowers on Lapageria. Campbellii very good and all Lanarth type Rhodo’s.

1991 – FJW
Mild again – Michelia, Sasanqua and Rho macabeanum foliage all show bad signs of frost damage. No colour on the Magnolias. Best value Cam reticulata wild + cyclamen + snowdrops.

1965 – FJW
In the evening we had 14 degrees of frost.

1963 – FJW
First crocus picked by Charles.

1961 – FJW
Campbelli well open and Donkey Shoe Robusta splendid.

1960 – FJW
First Campbellii opened.


1918 – JCW
Nar cyclamineus has been open for a month and R moupinense in some cases, also lutescens and so Thomsonii x Arboreum. The Argenteums are bulging their buds well.

1917 – JCW
The first Nar cyclamineus opens. Moupinense at its best. Lutescens starting. Thomsonii x Arboreum shows colour.

1900 – JCW
Rho praecox has been open for some time. Narcissi G Spur shows colour, a fair lot of Caerhays and common double open, also a few Lent Lilies. Most of the Tenby open, crocus all out, half of the Maximus out, bits of Prunus triloba.