2017 – CHW
Some gentle rain over the weekend but not enough!
Fagus sylvatica ‘Aurea Pendula’ glowing with its new leaves. This tree was grown by Less & Co and once went to Chelsea. We pruned the nearby camellia last year to give it more room.
The best thing today at Wisley were the matsumae Japanese cherries. When will these become more widely available to the trade? The best we saw were:
Prunus matsumae – hayazaki
Jim Gardiner recommended a new US book on magnolias by Andrew Bunting. It shows a Magnolia officinalis var biloba with bright red flowers. The Wisley plant we saw had large and very pale creamy flowers. Ours in Penvergate on Thursday was a nice pink but this appears to be a real red. Photoshop?Staying at the Runnymede on Thames hotel is far from dull. Every sort of activity beside the river which made us all look our age but the food was rather better than expected.
The best exhibits in the show yesterday were:
Rhododendron calophytum (a Keith Rushford collection with gorgeous striping – 142)
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Cross’
Election day. I suspect no other castle has a polling station in it. Under the Rabbit Warren infact with two lady returning officers who are going to be bored rigid by 10pm as there are only about 75 electors at Caerhays and a fair few have already voted soon after 7.30am. The liberal candidate (our current MP) had a surprising victory last time round with Tower Hamlets type allegations about the last few ballot boxes counted – or so it is rumoured. Thank heavens I am no longer High Sheriff and do not have to stay up all night to formally announce the result. I am corrected by the returning officer who says we have 146 electors and our area covers more than the parish of Caerhays.
So we had better photograph something nice and blue – Rhododendron ‘Saint Tudy’(augustinii x impeditum) and hope for the best!
Nearby is Rhododendron ovatum; a rather insipid pink with nice bronze new growth. Perhaps a colour more reflective of the likely outcome. Less boring anyway than the political crap on the radio which I gave up listening to weeks ago.
Ok, let us balance things up! Three reds:
To complete the election set here are two very yellow liberals (surprisingly perhaps) which were Caerhays bred.
Planted together they make a nice election poster but hopefully not the balance of power.
2004 – FJW
Fair amount of rain, but main falls have missed us and passed by on eastern side. Some good Big Leaved Rhodo’s flowering on Rookery Path.
1928 – JCW
Loder’s White as in 1926. No Factum. Mag Wilsonii ⅓ open. Mag nigra good. Not 6 pips of Maddeni hybrids to be seen. Some Azaleas good.
1926 – JCW
Loder’s White in the Rockery is by far the best thing now, Auklandii are nearly over. The first Factum opened 10 days ago, it is very fine indeed. Double Avium is open in the 40 Acres. Baileys Maddeni is nearly open.
1923 – JCW
Maddeni hybrids are at their best and have been nice for a month or more. Auklandii good but a short crop of flower. Azaleas starting but not much flower bud.
1912 – JCW
Auklandii have begun to wane, Mrs Butler lovely, Azaleas good, Clematis montana poor this year. Berberis stenophylla good. Falconeri really fine for the first time. Azalea amoena V.G.
1905 – JCW
Recurvas nearly all open, and picked my last seedling today, just about 1898.
1902 – JCW
Most of Recurvas open, but not the back bulbs.
1899 – JCW
Just at the above, I picked a pod of ripe Triandrus indoors. I have been moving a lot of seedling daffs.
1898 – JCW
Clematis montana well out, Maples at their best, P recurvas well open. Altaclarence open,Doronicums quite good, several I lortetti.