4th May

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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

The first Magnolia sieboldii is full out in a hot spot. Others are nearly out. This is Magnolia sieboldii ‘Mishiko Renge’. It is a good floriferous form with a decent sized flower but nothing exceptional.

Magnolia sieboldii ‘Mishiko Renge’
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Mishiko Renge’
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Mishiko Renge’
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Mishiko Renge’
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Mishiko Renge’
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Mishiko Renge’
Paulownia elongata is now full out and I have finally found the label. The most splendid thing today in the garden. I had thought this was Paulownia ‘Lilacina’ which is now deemed to be a form of Paulownia tomentosa in ‘New Trees’ but Hillier’s indicates it might be Paulownia fargesii as they say this is another name for Paulownia ‘Lilacina’. I cannot find a description of Paulownia elongata so remain confused. It does have a slight yellow throat which suggests Paulownia tomentosa ‘Lilacina’ but its flowers are elongated compared to tomentosa’s. Remember this tree had buds and a few flowers out in November/December last year and one or two in January/February. These were darker and did not fully open up as now.
Paulownia elongata
Paulownia elongata
Paulownia elongata
Paulownia elongata
Paulownia elongata
Paulownia elongata
Paulownia elongata
Paulownia elongata
I think these four plants are Jaimie’s hybrid Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ x ‘Moses Maroon’ but need to check with him.
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ x ‘Moses Maroon’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ x ‘Moses Maroon’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ x ‘Moses Maroon’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ x ‘Moses Maroon’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ x ‘Moses Maroon’
Rhododendron ‘Polar Bear’ x ‘Moses Maroon’
Rhododendron ‘Graziellia’ (a Rhododendron roxianum cross judging by the leaf) is emerging into sparse flower by Georges Hut.
Rhododendron ‘Graziellia’
Rhododendron ‘Graziellia’
Rhododendron ‘Graziellia’
Rhododendron ‘Graziellia’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’ is now full out and much of the blue hue on the buds has vanished. Many more flowers than I had first thought.
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Syringa vulgaris ‘Primrose’ on the drive which I have caught a bit earlier this year. The yellow soon fades off in the sun but the scent is good.
Syringa vulgaris ‘Primrose’
Syringa vulgaris ‘Primrose’
Syringa vulgaris ‘Primrose’
Syringa vulgaris ‘Primrose’
Syringa vulgaris ‘Primrose’
Syringa vulgaris ‘Primrose’
Enkianthus cernuus reflexus is just out but you can see the bells starting to curve at the end. A small compact shrub and not a large bush like most of the others.
Enkianthus cernuus reflexus
Enkianthus cernuus reflexus
The smallest leaved rhododendron species – Rhododendron serpyllifolium. This is a young new plant on the drive and very much lighter in colour than Windsor’s exhibit at the Savill Gardens. Later into flower too than our old plant in the Rookery which is over.
Rhododendron serpyllifolium
Rhododendron serpyllifolium
Rhododendron serpyllifolium
Rhododendron serpyllifolium

2016 – CHW
The Chaenomales ‘Geisha Girl’ is now full out on the lawn. A dwarfish habit and a true orange flower. Ideal for this site by the tower which it now fills. This variety is not a wall shrub.
Chaenomales ‘Geisha Girl’
Chaenomales ‘Geisha Girl’
Chaenomales ‘Geisha Girl’
Chaenomales ‘Geisha Girl’
The rhododendron planting outside the front gate is now complete. Six large leafed sutchuanense hybrids, two ‘Moonstone’, three Rhododendron canadense, four ‘Beauty of Littleworth’, two helolepsis, two fargesi and several others. The ‘Moonstone’ and ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ were tissue culture grown by Ros Smith at Rosewarne in the laboratory. Rather leggy plants but this is how they grow from tissue culture.
rhododendron planting outside the front gate
rhododendron planting outside the front gate
rhododendron planting outside the front gate
rhododendron planting outside the front gate
Still, even in May, the odd half decent flower on Camellia ‘Lady Clare’ by the front door at least three months after the first colour.
Camellia ‘Lady Clare’
Camellia ‘Lady Clare’
Old Kennels Renovation
Old Kennels Renovation

The renovation of the old dog kennels is progressing. Roof trusses now installed and the kitchen garden walls re-slated with some holes filled in but other big ones still to do where the water build up smashed through the wall a decade or more ago. Much of the scantle slate has been recovered from the debris. Some of the floors are slated, some are cobbled and two are concreted. Still some huge tree stumps to dig out as you can see.

A trip to Endsleigh gardens and lunch there with Peter and Karen Bickford-Smith. The garden valley is spectacular but no one has planted or cleared anything for 50 years and it is crying out for a facelift. So much more could be done. Endsleigh nursery looks so dilapidated one wonders if the public should be allowed in. I once bought a collection of new liquidamber varieties here but nothing interesting today.

A nice clump of Aralia chinensis featured here fills a website missing picture slot.
Aralia chinensis
Aralia chinensis
Aralia chinensis
Aralia chinensis
2015 – CHW
I still have rather mixed views on the current fad for growing tetrapanax, pseudopanax, nothopanax and schefflera.  Do they really fit into a garden like Caerhays or are they really plants for Ventnor Botanic Gardens, Tresco or perhaps Trebah with a more Mediterranean or tropical feel?   What was original a private joke to muddle things up for visitors and present them with an unexpected horror is now not as horrible as I had hoped.  Crug Farm introduced lots of newer species from Taiwan especially and, while I have no intention of making a proper collection, a few perhaps do no harm and might even be deemed to have attractive new growth.The new leaves of Schefflera taiwaniana are described as ‘a fountain when hit by low sun’.   Ejaculatory certainly!Schefflera macrophylla has rusty new growth but you need real shelter to keep the huge leaves undamaged by the wind in winter.
SCHEFFLERA taiwaniana
SCHEFFLERA taiwaniana
SCHEFFLERA macrophylla
SCHEFFLERA macrophylla
SCHEFFLERA macrophylla 02
SCHEFFLERA macrophylla
TETRAPANAX papyrifer
TETRAPANAX papyrifer
TETRAPANAX papyrifer 02
TETRAPANAX papyrifer

Tetrapanax papyrifer – more huge leaves and a similar problem.

There are a few more of these horrors but that is quite enough for one outing.

1996 – FJW
Maurice Blandford died.

1992 – FJW
Open Day. 1200.

1964 – FJW
Garden near peak. Augustinii excellent. Where oh where is the best form? A matter of opinion. Cam Mrs Franklin good, Pink Perfection small flowered. Pseudochrysanthum x 1350 best thing in garden.

1946 – CW
I ordered the big Insignis to be cut as dangerous 4 ft from ground, 16 ½ ft round.

1934 – JCW
Neriflorums very good. Azaleas promise well i.e Indian azaleas. Augustinii is very good and Auklandii also.

1931 – JCW
Mag sargentiana went out of bloom, it has been very fine indeed.

1929 – JCW
The Zealanicum hybrids are opening slowly, the other hybrids on the wane. Mag stellata and nearly all the hybrids are good, most of the trade cherries are over. Neriflorums have been good for two months and are so now. Augustinii at their best. Davidsonianum V.G.

1917 – JCW
R oleifolium remains the best rhodo’, the white Arboreum x Auklandii is very nice and hardly frosted. The red ones are ruined and are softer than pure Auklandii’s. They have begun to open and so have the cherries – R yunnanense – falconeri – davidsonianum – 1350 – lanatum – campylocarpum etc etc.

1913 – JCW
All the daffs are over. Auklandii’s would be good if the flowers were not so few. Standishii hybrids show up well. R keysii is very good. Van Tubergans Iris good. Azaleas nearing their best.

1905 – JCW
I came back from Dinton where I saw their best late poets and bought two of them, I had a very good time examining them.

1904 – JCW
Some Auklandii open mostly but half open. Marvel and Recurvas just open and their seedlings showing just as above.

1903 – JCW
The Auklandii at thier best, Dalhousii open, Marvel and Recurvas well open, also some I. pavonia. Doronicums at their best and so Maples.

1901 – JCW
Several Auklandii bursting their buds, many recurvas open, Marvel not yet properly open, picked a pod of N clusii in a pot.

1899 – JCW
The first Auklandii open and Glaucescens coming up well.

1897 – JCW
A pod of x Cyclamineus from outside.

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