14th May

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2017 – CHW

Very sad news. My partner at Burncoose, Philip Knuckey, has tragically lost his son Sam. The nursery is very shocked as he had worked with us in his youth and from time to time since.

Another yellow magnolia. This one is Magnolia ‘Ossies Yellow’ after the American breeder, Oswald Bloomhardt. Quite an infusion of green in the tepals which you can like or dislike.

Magnolia 'Ossies Yellow'
Magnolia ‘Ossies Yellow’
Magnolia ‘Large Yellow’. Clearly a stupid name if the naming is correct.
Magnolia ‘Large Yellow’
Magnolia ‘Large Yellow’
Magnolia ‘Large Yellow’
Magnolia ‘Large Yellow’
Enkianthus curvus recurvus is now full out and properly recurved on the drive. Jaimie photographed another plant at Slip Rail which is quite different and only slightly ‘recurved’. I guess we now know which one is correct! The second plant is just labelled ‘Recurvus’ so possibly Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Recurvus’?
Enkianthus curvus recurvus
Enkianthus curvus recurvus
Enkianthus curvus recurvus
Enkianthus curvus recurvus
Jaimie's Enkianthus campanulatus recurvus
Jaimie’s Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Recurvus’
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’ has a startling white underside to its leaves and as pretty a flower as it has berries as we saw last autumn.
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Magnolia ‘Green Bee’ turns yellow when full out!
Magnolia ‘Green Bee’
Magnolia ‘Green Bee’
Magnolia ‘Green Bee’
Magnolia ‘Green Bee’
Azalea ‘White Throat’, a double, is just coming out on the drive as a young plant.
Azalea ‘White Throat’
Azalea ‘White Throat’
The more normal Rhododendron lindleyi without any pink in the flowers.
Rhododendron lindleyi
Rhododendron lindleyi
Salix moupinensis has attractive red new growth and is thriving in this damp spot where we have previously lost several rhododendrons. Not dissimilar to Salix fargesii?
Salix moupinensis
Salix moupinensis
Salix moupinensis
Salix moupinensis
A huge yellow flowering callistemon by the Hothead. We saw a white one at Eden earlier in the week. This one is very hardy and well established like the one at Burncoose above the house.
Yellow flowering callistemon
Yellow flowering callistemon
Yellow flowering callistemon
Yellow flowering callistemon
The original clump of Rhododendron tethropeplum in the Hothead raised bed is an absolute picture. Far more flower than usual.
Rhododendron tethropeplum
Rhododendron tethropeplum
Rhododendron tethropeplum
Rhododendron tethropeplum
A tail end flower on Rhododendron hanseanum above the wall.
Rhododendron hanseanum
Rhododendron hanseanum
The wisteria below the Playhouse if full out today. This has never been pruned at all and is 100 years old. It is not quite an ‘ordinary’ Wisteria sinensis as you can tell with a close up of the flowers.
Wisteria
Wisteria
Wisteria
Wisteria
Wisteria
Wisteria
Camellia ‘Giant White’ still has plenty of flowers. It has been out for at least four months now in full sun.
Camellia ‘Giant White’
Camellia ‘Giant White’
Camellia ‘Giant White’
Camellia ‘Giant White’
One of Jaimie’s hybrids above Crinodendron Hedge has a pleasant pink hue.
Jaimie’s hybrids
Jaimie’s hybrids
Jaimie’s hybrids
Jaimie’s hybrids
Jaimie’s hybrids
Jaimie’s hybrids
Rhododendron polyandrum beside it.
Rhododendron polyandrum
Rhododendron polyandrum
Rhododendron polyandrum
Rhododendron polyandrum
Rhododendron davidsonianum above the Main Quarry is the best show in the garden today. One of several big clumps in the garden but this one has never been cut back to reshoot and hence its height.
Rhododendron davidsonianum
Rhododendron davidsonianum
Rhododendron davidsonianum
Rhododendron davidsonianum

2016 – CHW
A trip to the greenhouse to see how this season’s germination is progressing. A nice Lupinus arboreus with blue (rather than the usual yellow) flowers greets me. Last year’s seedling.
Lupinus arboreus with blue (rather than the usual yellow) flowers
Lupinus arboreus with blue (rather than the usual yellow) flowers
At last the magnolias sown the first week of March are germinating strongly. Especially pleasing to see a profusion of Magnolia sprengeri var sprengeri seedlings (of a wild collected plant). These came from the Magnolia Society International seed list via S Spolberg.
magnolias sown the first week of March are germinating strongly
magnolias sown the first week of March are germinating strongly

Also good germination of davidia after two years and a fine crop of several rhodo species including Rhododendron lindleyi. Well done Asia. We have never, in my time at least, ever succeeded here or at Burncoose in growing davidia from seed.The enkianthus hardwood cuttings have been less successful but a batch of Enkianthus ‘Wallaby’ have survived. Care now to let them develop before potting on.

Enkianthus ‘Wallaby’
Enkianthus ‘Wallaby’
The Rhododendron fragrantissimum are in tight bud still and should be perfect for Chelsea.
Rhododendron fragrantissimum
Rhododendron fragrantissimum
Fagus sylvatica ‘Aurea Pendula’ stands out superbly now that the encroaching camellia has been cut back beside it. What a special tree. It needs some shade to avoid scorching the yellow young leaves. The non-pendulous golden beech is still not fully in leaf at the Four in Hand.
Rhododendron aberconwayi is another far too far on for Chelsea.
Rhododendron aberconwayi
Rhododendron aberconwayi
Rhododendron aberconwayi
Rhododendron aberconwayi
A wild clump of candelabra Primula pulverulenta is impressive in a wet area.
Primula pulverulenta
Primula pulverulenta
At Windsor last Monday we were told that they had the only true original plant of Magnolia sieboldii subsp sinensis. This surviving plant here from a clump of three or four has always been known to us as ‘sinensis’. I have sent these pictures to Windsor and others to see if they agree. The old plant still seeds prolifically.
Magnolia sieboldii subsp sinensis
Magnolia sieboldii subsp sinensis
Magnolia sieboldii subsp sinensis
Magnolia sieboldii subsp sinensis
Magnolia sieboldii subsp sinensis
Magnolia sieboldii subsp sinensis
The newly planted Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Ruby Glow’ are flowering away nicely.
Magnolia ‘Sunburst’ above the greenhouse is rather a mixed muddy colour.

2015 – CHW
If we go back to Chelsea 2012 we had a miserable cold spring and everything was late out.  In consequence and, as was the norm in the 1980s and 1990s, we had plenty of evergreen azaleas in bud to cut for the stand.Looking today there is plenty of deciduous azalea just showing colour but all the evergreens are over; some long over:

AZALEA 'Fedora'
AZALEA ‘Fedora’ – well over
AZALEA amoena
AZALEA amoena over by two or three weeks
AZALEA 'Greenway'
AZALEA ‘Greenway’ – nearly over
AZALEA ledifolium 02
AZALEA ledifolium
AZALEA ledifolium
AZALEA ledifolium – full out and just going over
AZALEA Black Hawk' 02
AZALEA Black Hawk’
AZALEA Black Hawk'
AZALEA Black Hawk’– too far out to cut
EMBOTHRIUM lanceolatum 'Norquino'
EMBOTHRIUM lanceolatum ‘Norquino’

Similarly the Embothrium lanceolatum ‘Norquinco’ is too far out to cut although looking splendid.

RHODODENDRON schlippenbachii
RHODODENDRON schlippenbachii
RHODODENDRON schlippenbachii 02
RHODODENDRON schlippenbachii

Conversely, a single plant of Rhododendron schlippenbachii is full out although the nearby clump and all the old original plants in the garden have been over for weeks and are now in full leaf.  Why should this home grown seedling behave so differently with its leaves only just starting?

ENKIANTHUS campanulatus 'Hollandia' 02
ENKIANTHUS campanulatus ‘Hollandia’
ENKIANTHUS campanulatus 'Hollandia'
ENKIANTHUS campanulatus ‘Hollandia’

Sadly the superb Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Hollandia’ will not make it for Chelsea either.  Better than ‘Vesta’?  Not as floriferous but a bolder colour and close indeed to the number one spot for enkianthus.

1935 – JCW
Mary and I start north.

1930 – JCW
Lindleyi and Dalhousiae hardly open. One or two Magnolia wilsoni and nicholsoniana blooms, also several soulangeana variants. Wasoni not yet open.

1926 – JCW
Lindleyi nearly over and so Dalhousiae and Auklandii. Griersonianum only in past open. Wilsons 1764 of 1903 is really nice say x x x ¾. I have seen a flower before but never realised its value.

1913 – JCW
R lindleyi open. No roses in the beds out or nearly out – montana rubra all over – white Broughtonii in Auklandii Garden very good and so is R royalei there.

1906 – JCW
I pavonia good. Auklandii very good. Roylei half open, Dalhousei very good also. Fortunei and a good lot of roses in the 3 big beds. Bluebells at their best.

1902 – JCW
Plenty of I pavonia open. Auklandii’s going back. Azaleas nearing their best. A week of cold. Maples very good.

1899 – JCW
No waterlilies yet, Auklandii at their best. Many Henonis have moved. A few young mitis. Some daff seed shows colour.

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