8th March

FJ Williams Profile Picture
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

A wet and drizzly day with a pleasant two hour tour for a magnolia enthusiast from Malmo in Sweden.

Rhododendron cilpinense just out at the cash point entrance to the garden. Not yet showing at Burncoose or on the main ride.

Rhododendron cilpinense
Rhododendron cilpinense
Rhododendron cilpinense
Rhododendron cilpinense
Azalea ‘Hinomayo’ starting to come out properly. Amazing to think that 20 years ago we used to exhibit this at Chelsea in late May.
Azalea ‘Hinomayo’
Azalea ‘Hinomayo’
Azalea ‘Hinomayo’
Azalea ‘Hinomayo’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Elsie Jury’ just coming out nearby. A good double.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Elsie Jury’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Elsie Jury’
Rhododendron moupinense full out too by the cash point as it is on the drive.
Rhododendron moupinense
Rhododendron moupinense
Rhododendron moupinense
Rhododendron moupinense
Rhododendron moupinense
Rhododendron moupinense
A good plant for sale of Laureliopsis philippiana.
Laureliopsis philippiana
Laureliopsis philippiana
A camellia species grown from seed collected in Hong Kong in the 1960s by Colonel Toots Williams. No idea of the name and obviously tender.
A camellia species
A camellia species
A camellia species
A camellia species
First flower on Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’ in Kennel Close. Its second year of flowering. Strangely this excellent variety had not been planted here much earlier.
Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’
Magnolia ‘Felix Jury’
First flower showing on Magnolia ‘Apollo’. Early for this one to be showing.
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Stachyurus lancifolius putting on a good show for the first time with no leaves. It lives up to its name!
Stachyurus lancifolius
Stachyurus lancifolius
Stachyurus lancifolius
Stachyurus lancifolius
Stachyurus lancifolius
Stachyurus lancifolius
First flowers on the newly registered Magnolia ‘Caerhays Philip’. Small and sparse this year against a drab sky.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Philip’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Philip’
The first Michelia doltsopa just coming out. Note the greenish yellow at the base of the white flower (creamier in bud) which Forrest described 100 plus years ago in Szechuan.
Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa
Stachyurus salicifolius as labelled but the reference books do not say this is an evergreen which it clearly is? Stachyurus yunnanensis (which is evergreen) and Stachyurus himalaicus were once planted here but the deer have eaten most of the other two.
Stachyurus salicifolius
Stachyurus salicifolius
Stachyurus salicifolius
Stachyurus salicifolius
Plenty of magnolias showing up in Old Park from afar.
magnolias showing up in Old Park
magnolias showing up in Old Park
The view down to the drive in the gloom.
view down to the drive
view down to the drive
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ is nearing its best and nearly fully out.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’

2016 – CHW
Around the garden with John (Williams) after meetings at Tregaire and Newton about major building works on four derelict barns.Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’ is just coming out in the Auklandii Garden. This plant was propagated at Tregullow disproving the commonly held view that reticulatas will not root as cuttings.
Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’
Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’
Magnolia ‘Mr Julian’ is now at its zenith in the sun.
Magnolia ‘Mr Julian’
Magnolia ‘Mr Julian’
Magnolia ‘Mr Julian’
Magnolia ‘Mr Julian’
The mini digger has arrived and cleared the laurel stumps from a damp area above ‘Mr Julian’. Quite why the stumps are being burnt right in the middle of the new planting area was a question that had not been thought through. A tidy job nonetheless.
cleared the laurel stumps
cleared the laurel stumps
Magnolia mollicomata ‘Mary Williams’ also at its best with a blue sky behind it. This is a very good form out well before the other mollicomatas of a similar age.
Magnolia mollicomata ‘Mary Williams’
Magnolia mollicomata ‘Mary Williams’
Philip Tregunna’s cross, the recently registered Magnolia ‘Caerhays Philip’, at the top of the garden has a few flowers out. The colour is poor and nothing like it should be so wind blow is probably the culprit. Plenty more buds still to come out though and one to watch.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Philip’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Philip’
The ‘Spring comes to Cornwall’ formal launch and party at The Nare hotel in the evening with lots of magnolias and a few press. The real launch was of course at No10 Downing Street on 10th February. Very nice chairman of the county council, Mary May, replies to my speech about the Great Gardens of Cornwall boosting Cornish business. She tells us she is a flower arranger living near Enys Estate. An unlikely councillor but charming albeit somewhat out of place! Lord St Levan and the editor of the Western Morning News have a wry chuckle.
2015 – CHW
CAMELLIA Lulu Belle
CAMELLIA ‘Lulu Belle’
CAMELLIA Pink Icicle
CAMELLIA ‘Pink Icicle’
CAMELLIA Mary Costa
CAMELLIA ‘Mary Costa’
'Mary Costa' quickly brown and hang on the bush
Browned ‘Mary Costa’

Too overcast really for photography but an attempt to sort out the naming of the newish camellias (ex Trehane) where the old ‘Red Admirals’ died by Donkey Shoe. Two groups planted in 1997 and 1998 but the plans now bear little resemblance to reality due to deaths and being planted too close together. ‘Lulu Belle’ is a good semi double white and ‘Pink Icicle’ early and very floriferous. Well worth propagating. ‘Mary Costa’ has a good shape but the flowers quickly brown and hang on the bush. Not a pretty sight! For some reason the camera is overexposing so all the pictures will have to be done again. Unamusing waste of time. A new species of stachyurus coming out by Tin Garden [ ]. Not very different to Stachyurus praecox or Stachyurus chinensis. Why do the roe deer so like stachyurus? Only two plants left from the collection of five planted above Crinodendron Hedge and these much nibbled.

STACHYRUS lancifolius
STACHYRUS lancifolius eaten by the roe deer!
STACHYRUS lancifolius
STACHYRUS lancifolius

1968 – FJW
Little movement with Magnolias – most flowers in Mr Gordon.

1966 – FJW
First flower picked from Auklandii G white Campbellii – 10 inches across – very round petals – nine in number (Uncle George).

1913 – JCW
The first sort of Poet open and Mrs P Sydenham, some real white thorn in the ride.

1905 – JCW
Halleana (stellata) just open, Reticulata quite out, all G Spur, H Irving, much Maximus, many incomps, Caerhays are good, Dauntlep open, many Camellias out.

1903 – JCW
Picked the first Halleana (stellata), Prunus triloba shows colour and reticulata.

1902 – JCW
Many G Spur, H Irving, Caerhays and minor open, a few maximus, a great lot of rough seedlings in the Kitchen Garden, my first incomp in the Tin Garden where about 30 or 40 things are open.

1899 – JCW
First Horsfieldii and M Hume opening, picked flower of Halleana (stellata).

(Handwritten note attached to Garden Book page)
Evergreens for the Dinner March 1929

Gardenia axillaris
Hastia 24406
Ilex insignis
Ilex oldhamii
Lindera megaphylla
Michelia floribunda
Michelia excelsa
Olea excelsa
Photinia flavidiflora
Quercus acuta
2 Cleistocarpa
2 Cuspidata
2 Glabra
2 Spathulata
Schima khasiana

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