31st March

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

A trip around with some northern friends.

The first flower on new Magnolia ‘Burgundy Star’ which will be a good seller in due course.

Magnolia ‘Burgundy Star’
Magnolia ‘Burgundy Star’
Magnolia ‘Burgundy Star’
Magnolia ‘Burgundy Star’
Prunus matsumae ‘Beni-Yutaka’ just out at the cash point.
Prunus matsumae ‘Beni-Yutaka’
Prunus matsumae ‘Beni-Yutaka’
Prunus matsumae ‘Beni-Yutaka’
Prunus matsumae ‘Beni-Yutaka’
Rhododendron sinogrande ‘Lord Rudolph’ is pink in bud opening to the more normal cream colour.
Rhododendron sinogrande ‘Lord Rudolph’
Rhododendron sinogrande ‘Lord Rudolph’
Rhododendron sinogrande ‘Lord Rudolph’
Rhododendron sinogrande ‘Lord Rudolph’
Camellia ‘Dream Castle’ was only cut down two years ago yet already a wonderful show from the regrowth.
Camellia ‘Dream Castle’
Camellia ‘Dream Castle’
Camellia ‘Dream Castle’
Camellia ‘Dream Castle’
The half deciduous Rhododendron ‘Chink’ is superb today on the main ride.
Rhododendron ‘Chink’
Rhododendron ‘Chink’
As is the nearby Stachyurus chinensis. Over flowering and soon to expire!
Stachyurus chinensis
Stachyurus chinensis
Stachyurus chinensis
Stachyurus chinensis
Magnolia ‘Petit Chicon’ in its second year of flowering. Not really a proper yellow but ok as a halfway house?
Magnolia ‘Petit Chicon’
Magnolia ‘Petit Chicon’
Magnolia ‘Petit Chicon’
Magnolia ‘Petit Chicon’
Magnolia ‘Wadas Memory’ full out with its drooping flowers.
Magnolia ‘Wadas Memory’
Magnolia ‘Wadas Memory’
Magnolia ‘Wadas Memory’
Magnolia ‘Wadas Memory’
First flowering here of Magnolia ‘Joe McDaniel’. Large plant on the drive at Burncoose.
Magnolia ‘Joe McDaniel’
Magnolia ‘Joe McDaniel’
Magnolia ‘Joe McDaniel’
Magnolia ‘Joe McDaniel’
Magnolia ‘Mighty Mouse’ with its first two tiny flowers. Planted only last week.
Magnolia ‘Mighty Mouse’
Magnolia ‘Mighty Mouse’
Magnolia pseudokobus ‘Kubimishidori’ just coming out and true to name which many are not as we have discovered to our cost.
Magnolia pseudokobus ‘Kubimishidori’
Magnolia pseudokobus ‘Kubimishidori’
Here are some pictures of magnolias in the game larder and cold store wrapped in lavatory paper ready to go to the Boconnoc Show later today. A labour of love not to mention expense!
magnolias in the game larder
magnolias in the game larder
magnolias in the game larder
magnolias in the game larder
magnolias in the game larder
magnolias in the game larder

2016 – CHW
The contractors are setting up at Old Park to start restoring the old dog kennels and the kitchen garden wall on Monday.A glorious day with the three 50 year old magnolias by the kennels looking superb. One is clearly a true Magnolia mollicomata while the other two are Magnolia sargentiana robusta seedlings. The best of the three is the one nearest the kennels.
three 50 year old magnolias
three 50 year old magnolias
three 50 year old magnolias
three 50 year old magnolias
three 50 year old magnolias
three 50 year old magnolias
On the top ride the Magnolia campbellii Alba (the third of the originals) is at its peak and, below it, now in the open and not shrouded by trees is a very fine Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling which I have never taken in before.
Magnolia campbellii Alba
Magnolia campbellii Alba

There are at least 20 mature magnolias in Old Park and this is the second (and best) flush after the early ones were blown away. Needless to say the camera has run out of juice again so much bad language.Some friends come to lunch which ends in musical chairs over lunch with telephone calls and rushes to the loo. When we emerge to go around the garden a visitor has slipped over and seriously hurt his leg. One and a half hours later an ambulance eventually arrives and he is stretchered away. Not one we are liable for I believe.

The two record Magnolia x veitchiis are just coming out against a blue sky. About on time and normal in this unusual and very early magnolia year.
Magnolia x veitchiis
Magnolia x veitchiis
Magnolia x veitchiis
Magnolia x veitchiis

First ‘yellow’ flower of the year on Magnolia ‘Sundance’. Another record as usually late April?

Magnolia ‘Sundance’
Magnolia ‘Sundance’

An unnamed evergreen symplocos species. Not Symplocos dryophylla but not that different.

unnamed evergreen symplocos
unnamed evergreen symplocos

Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’ still putting on a good show six to eight weeks after first showing colour.

Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’
Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’
A blue sky and one of the original Magnolia campbellii albas at its very best. Not quite as good as the one in Old Park which I did not photograph yesterday.
Magnolia campbellii Alba
Magnolia campbellii Alba
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Philip’ has taken a battering since a week ago but still has some gorgeous flowers left.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Philip’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Philip’
Inflorescences on Acer negundo ‘Auratum’ are very fine. I have seen these often on Acer negundo ‘Violaceum’ but not before on this 1991 planted tree with yellow leaves. ‘Violaceum’ had inflorescences a month ago.
Acer negundo ‘Auratum’
Acer negundo ‘Auratum’
The Queen Mother’s magnolia which she planted is very fine and full out today (sargentiana robusta x mollicomata). Improving with age!
Queen Mother’s magnolia
Queen Mother’s magnolia
The three different magnolia species in the ririei opening are the best thing in the garden today. Even better than last week.
three different magnolia species
three different magnolia species

2015 – CHW

A few magnolia questions

i) What is the best form of Magnolia denudata ?

We can see today:

Magnolia denudata ‘Gere’
Magnolia denudata ‘Gere’
Magnolia denutata ‘Fragrant Cloud’ (Dan Zin)
Magnolia denutata ‘Fragrant Cloud’ (Dan Zin)
Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’
Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’
Magnolia denudata ‘Dubbel’
Magnolia denudata ‘Dubbel’

It may be that you prefer white to pink and, if so, my view is that the white Magnolia denudata ‘Dubbel’ at Burncoose with its extra tepals is certainly better than denudata (pure – also white) or denudata ‘Gere’. Personally I think ‘Forrest Pink’ is the best especially since it is not too early in the season.

ii) Which magnolia has the biggest flower?

The contenders today are:

Magnolia ‘Atlas’ from New Zealand

Magnolia campbellii alba ‘Trelissick’

Magnolia campbellii alba seedling from main ride.

Magnolia campbelli alba seedling
Magnolia campbelli alba seedling
Probably Atlas wins today in terms of height but not today in terms of width.  Over Easter I will get a tape measure but the impending gales may make this impossible.
iii) Is Magnolia ‘Genie’ as good as they say and show it is in New Zealand?

Our plants came from the breeder Vance Hooper three years before they went on more general release. In 10 years or so they are only just starting to get going and the flowers are arguably smaller than in New Zealand.

Below are two of the four plants we have and it will be interesting to see those compared to Magnolia Black Tulip (bred by the Jury family in New Zealand) in a week or two. Otherwise I conclude excellent colour but slow to perform. In the light of other New Zealand comparisons one can only expect it to get even better.

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Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia Black Tulip
Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’

iv) Why has Magnolia ‘lolanthe’ got such an odd drooping shape?

Magnolia lolanthe
Magnolia ‘lolanthe’

Our plant has had many young pheasant poults roosting in its branches which may have bent them downwards over the years. It is however a distinctive shape and Harvey says the Windsor plants are the same.  Clearly a more general question for other enthusiasts?

A few other things of note in a whistle stop tour before leaving for Cheshire to plant up a fernery and the start of hopefully a long term project to renovate an old quarry.

Rhododendron cubittii
Rhododendron cubittii just out – the first of the ‘smellies’ to show
Camellia ‘R L Wheeler’
Camellia ‘R L Wheeler’ has a branch which is sporting white variegated flowers rather than pure red ones as they should be. Much like Camellia ‘Anticipation Variegated’. We must try to propagate this as it is equally good.
Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’
Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’ was planted in 1992. An ideal plant for the smaller garden with huge flowers for the size of plant.
The New Zealand Magnolia ‘Brixton Belle’
The New Zealand Magnolia ‘Brixton Belle’ has a delightful rounded shape and a good colour. Small growing by the look of it with soulangeana in its breeding.
Magnolia ‘Ruth’ alongside Magnolia ‘Darjeeling’ and Magnolia ‘J C Williams’
Magnolia ‘Ruth’ alongside Magnolia ‘Darjeeling’ and Magnolia ‘J C Williams’ – what a colour combination to die for!

2002 – FJW
Easter Day – 320 round garden – WET.

2000 – FJW
(Hand written note attached to Garden Book page)
Walk with Jamie:
Rockery – Rho martinium + aperantum tapetiforma
Best value from Az Ostava (over) and Rho ‘Shamrock’
Hovel Cart Road- Survival rate very high
Hoheria sexstylosa very vigorous
Tom Hudson’s Acer triloba 648 excellent.

1994 – FJW
6 House martins seen.

1941 – CW
Very bad south east gale, counted over 90 flowers off Mag sargentiana.

1929 – JCW
Corylopsis very nice. R planetum opening. Lutescens is the best rhodo. Magnolia kobus with 500 (?) flowers open is far the best thing here. There are possibly over 1000 to open. The late form is not out, the Wilson denudata shows colour. Fargesii is very nice in three places.

1926 – JCW
Planetum long over. Maculiferum – Pink Triflorum – Berberis fascicularia – are our best things. Corylopsis are all over. Bob’s heath never so good.

1925 – JCW
No bloom on Rho planetum. Not so far on as in 1923.

1923 – JCW
Rho planetum has been the best rhodo out of say 75 species and many dozens of hybrids, perhaps a wild hybrid between Fargesii and Calophytum, the maddeni x begins slowly to open.

1914 – JCW
The show at Truro. We were short of whites and reds and too full of yellow. Rhodo and daffs both missed being at their best by some days – I bought nothing. No new seedling daff of merit. The last show.

1913 – JCW
Daffs are going back, trumpets and yellow stuff are scarce, de Graafs mostly open, cherries opening.

1910 – JCW
A spot or two of Blackthorn. Poets just starting, dry sun by day, cold at night.

1903 – JCW
This was the first day of the show, we had de Graaf and Weardale there but there were hardly any others, and but a few poets, the flowers had many of them been over cooked I thought.

1901 – JCW
The following show colour – Commodore, Griflamme, Firework, Dante just picked, Jacko, Glory of Leiden just shows colour, also G Bell, Emperor and Horsfieldii have for sometime, one Princep Mary open, the first C reticulata.

1898 – JCW
Oak in leaf. Plenty of blackthorn out. Jacko begins to open. Cherries show colour but only just.

1897 – JCW
I saw the first swallow.

One thought on “31st March

  1. Dear Charlie
    What a great idea to do a diary. So many good things to admire. I am fascinated to see your photo of Mag. denudata ‘Dubbel’ . We have a plant under that name but I could never find out anything about it
    Lawrence

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