Glorious sun and a blue sky for the magnolias. I will let the pictures do the talking today. Fortunately the in house artist from The Nare hotel arrives today to paint a magnolia to launch ‘Spring has Sprung’ formally on Monday. She will need to paint quickly and I give her my secateurs so she can cut and take back flowers to the studio.
Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’ on the lawn before the artist arrived.
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ (New Zealand form) below Donkey Shoe.
Magnolia ‘Betty Jessel’
Magnolia ‘Sweetheart’ – its first proper flowering in Kennel Close.
Rhododendron barbatum is now full out. We saw this three weeks ago just starting.
Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’ in the quarry. The pictures are poor as the sun is the wrong side of the tree.
Magnolia campbellii alba seedling with the huge flowers.
Magnolia ‘Philip Tregunna’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Darjeeling’ – just going over.
The new planting above the Magnolia veitchii from last year with the small Rhododendron ‘Ostara’ just out.
Magnolia ‘F J Williams’ in the Auklandii Garden is at its very best.
Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rowes’ (Tregullow form) – first flower this year.
Narcissus cyclamineus in the Auklandii Garden – the original clump is now in semi shade.
The reds, pinks and purples involved in these magnolia flowers and the different shapes are quite breathtaking.
2016 – CHW
Eighty or so people here last night for the Game Conservancy talk and fundraiser about woodcock. We gave them all a free supper in three rooms and raised £20k for research (including tax relief) spread over the next three years. About the same amount as three years ago.
An early morning walk to catch up on a few missing pictures for the website and to see quietly what is out. The dogs are smelling spring bitches and only one bothers to come.
Quercus rysophylla ‘Maya’ is ready to plant out shortly. The most impressive thing about this fairly recent introduction is its reddish new growth which is not yet visible.
Huodendron biaristratum – we have planted this out twice before without success. We have three plants at this size which are big enough to take a risk with at least one this year.
Daphne bholua alba has grown behind the wall near the greenhouse for 15 to 20 years. There were three forms but they live a very short period of time and over flower.
Afrocarpus falcatus also ready to go out although we have a large one already doing well at Slip Rail. Looks very like a podocarpus!
Saxegothaea conspicua is developing a very columnar habit unlike its parents from which cuttings were taken at Tregullow. A record tree there I believe which looks much like a yew!
I think this is Camellia reticulata ‘William Hertrich’ hidden away above the Magnolia veitchii. The other mature plant blew over recently. The photos have come out badly as it is a very dark shady place.
This is a Pickard magnolia below Slip Rail which I have not seen out before but I cannot read the label. It is very ordinary and just above Magnolia ‘Pickards Sundew’ which we have several of.
What I think and hope is Acer mandshuricum has been in full leaf for two to three weeks. There is another plant by the Red Linney. We used to use the original tree above Red Linney as a measuring rod as children. It was a tiny slow growing tree and my brother and I were taller than it by our teens. This looks to be a rather more vigorous tree. Annoyingly neither plant are included in the planting records.
I would have expected Lindera obtusiloba to be out by now but the buds are still closed tight. This species is often confused with Lindera triloba but they have rather different habits here. Lindera obtusiloba is already a small tree here although only planted in 1991. We are quietly accumulating quite a nice collection of lindera species some of which are new introductions by Crug Farm and Tom Hudson. When they come out I will do a review.
Magnolia mollicomata ‘Mary Williams’ named after my Great Aunt Mary and registered in 1946 is full out now against a blue sky but the camera seems to believe it is a dark day so I have probably cocked up the settings.
By Georges Hut Peter Borlaise’s creation from Lanhydrock, Magnolia ‘Albatross’, is out but a bit battered. Its leader bends over to one side proving its parentage from Magnolia campbellii ‘Alba’.
Then I find a supposedly true Magnolia campbellii ‘Alba’ grafted (supposedly) from our scion material from the genuine original Chinese plants here. It is in fact a rather poor Magnolia campbellii alba seedling as any fool can see and a terrible shape too. Probably for the chop. Unlike Eisenhut to cock up the grafting like this.
Quercus semecarpifolia has beautiful bark and the leaves have a nice downy indumentum on the undersides. The leaves have more spines on the edges when young.
Eucryphia moorii has blown over. Cut it back to 4ft and prop it upright so it can shoot again just like the original did after the 1990 hurricane.
Magnolia ‘Betty Jessel’ is full out but strangely the ancient Magnolia campbellii, mollicomata and sargentiana robustas in the clearing behind it are not showing atall. Normally it is entirely the other way around.
Sadly our best and largest Daphniphyllum macropodum is nearly dead. It looked sick last autumn and I suspected honey fungus but when I look now it is a ‘doubler’ with two leading trunks from just above ground level. It looks as though this is where rot has got in. There is another daphniphyllum on the drive and a couple of other new species from Crug which are not doing well.
The first sycamore is in leaf in the sun. This tree is always the first on the main route but there are others in the Rookery.
One of my father’s evergreen azalea hybrids beyond the Rockery is full out. There are several different plants here in this clump. This is a rather turgid colour and dad never had much to say about any of them but we have propagated a reasonable red and purple which grew on the Main Ride above the tree fern.
As I have forewarned you twice already the Spanish bluebells ARE indeed out today. A good month earlier than ever before. Worthy of a letter to the newspaper? Beside them the snowdrops have just the odd flower left. How peculiar is that even in this extraordinary year?
The last flower on Rhododendron mucronulatum is a very dark purple beside the bluebells. This showed colour first in November and is testament to a frost free winter (so far).
Rubus tricolor ‘Betty Ashburner’ is a marvellous plant to cover a steep bank or a wall where you do not want anything else to grow because weeding is difficult without a ladder. Burncoose sells hundreds of these plants for this purpose.
And then suddenly Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ in sun against a blue sky. I have seen it better and hail has taken its toll but what a gentle pink!
2015 – CHW
Camellia reticulatas in an exposed site by the old playhouse coming out early. ‘Royalty’ and ‘Mouchang’ covered in flower although only six years from planting.
2001 – FJW
At 2.40pm DFW fell.
Magnolias frosted very badly also the Michelias. It would have been a good year.
1963 – FJW
Camellias just began very slowly. Moupinense has come through well.
1961 – FJW
Soulangeana Magnolias at Penver Gate in flower. Rhodo’s good in Beech Walk.
1934 – JCW
No magnolias yet, next to no daffs in the Tin Garden, Lent Lily moves, Rho lutescens very good in spite of sharp frost.
1910 – JCW
Just about 1908 for daffs, Arboreums coming on, Rho praecox over, heaths becoming nice.
1908 – JCW
K A hardly shows colour. Nar maximus nearly open, G Spur just open, Rho praecox good, some nice pink Arboreums at their best.
1906 – JCW
Sir Watkin has been open for some days, Magnolia H for two days, Shilsonii at its very best, King A just burst, 387 open, and most of the Arboreums.
1904 – JCW
The flowers named in ‘97 other than the Magnolia and Horsfiledii and Soleil are just opening, the Rhodo’s at their best.
1901 – JCW
The bulk of the above are a fortnight to three weeks late.
1897 – JCW
Magnolia halleana open a little, Narcissi Golden Spur, H Irving, Tenby, Horsfieldii, Sir Watkin these are most of them fully open, Rhodo praecox over.