9th May

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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Vaccinum cylindraceum just about to come out.

Vaccinum cylindraceum
Vaccinum cylindraceum
The one year planted Acer albopurpurascens has attractive new growth with a purplish tinge.
Acer albopurpurascens
Acer albopurpurascens
Acer albopurpurascens
Acer albopurpurascens
Ucodendron whartonii with extraordinary but rather fine new growth too. I have no idea what this new introduction from Crug Farm actually ‘does’? It is not in ‘New Trees’. Another ‘something’ dendron! Purple undersides to the new leaves.
Ucodendron whartonii
Ucodendron whartonii
Ucodendron whartonii
Ucodendron whartonii
Ucodendron whartonii
Ucodendron whartonii
Ucodendron whartonii
Ucodendron whartonii
Persea japonica – new growth on our plant is rather dull too as it was in Wales compared to Persea thunburgii.
Persea japonica
Persea japonica
Persea japonica
Persea japonica
Rhododendron ‘Jean Marie de Montague’ is a good deep red.
Rhododendron ‘Jean Marie de Montague’
Rhododendron ‘Jean Marie de Montague’
Rhododendron ‘Jean Marie de Montague’
Rhododendron ‘Jean Marie de Montague’
The first yellowish royalii hybrid is out but not the pink one next to it.
yellowish royalii hybrid
yellowish royalii hybrid
yellowish royalii hybrid
yellowish royalii hybrid
This is another Rhododendron ‘Loderi King George’. I was looking for ‘loderi’ ‘Pink Diamond’ but this is not it.
Rhododendron ‘Loderi King George’
Rhododendron ‘Loderi King George’
Rhododendron ‘Loderi King George’
Rhododendron ‘Loderi King George’
I have written an article for publication today on styrax but I needed some decent pictures of the unusual colouration of the bark and trunk of Styrax hemsleyanus.
Styrax hemsleyanus
Styrax hemsleyanus
Styrax hemsleyanus
Styrax hemsleyanus
Rhododendron ‘Dreamland’ is compact and small growing.
Rhododendron ‘Dreamland’
Rhododendron ‘Dreamland’
Rhododendron ‘Dreamland’
Rhododendron ‘Dreamland’
Rhododendron ‘Dreamland’
Rhododendron ‘Dreamland’
This is closer to Rhododendron ‘Loderi Pink Diamond’ if only on its leaf form but still not correct.
Rhododendron ‘Loderi Pink Diamond’
Rhododendron ‘Loderi Pink Diamond’
Rhododendron ‘Loderi Pink Diamond’
Rhododendron ‘Loderi Pink Diamond’
Another pleasant yellow royalii hybrid.
yellowish royalii hybrid
yellowish royalii hybrid
yellowish royalii hybrid
yellowish royalii hybrid
Azalea ‘Cannons Double’ is just out.
Azalea ‘Cannons Double’
Azalea ‘Cannons Double’

2016 – CHW
A very happy and interesting visit to the rhodo species collection at Windsor Great Park and then onto the Valley Gardens and, finally, the Savill Garden. The latter had matured enormously since my ‘gap year’ as a student gardener nearly 40 years ago but the species collection has matured slowly and I enjoyed visiting the borders I once helped double dig all those years ago. Harvey Stephens is just the sort of person to take on this, clearly and self-evidently, best garden in England, with his new boss (ex Exbury) John Anderson. They will be in the Eric Savill, John Bond, Mark Flannigan mould and maintain the amazing levels of excellence not least in the labelling and cataloguing of the collection. This is where I taught myself many of the plant names which Burncoose sells today. Harvey called me an ‘unusual’ student gardener. 40 years ago there were 60 gardeners and 20 students. Today 16 gardeners, two bosses and three students (but the grass cutting etc is contracted to others). I was amused to see that most things in ‘my’ rhodo beds had not survived 40 years! One of my first jobs was to plant the new American ‘girls’ in the Heather Garden. These were crosses between Magnolia stellata and lilliflora nigra and have achieved 15ft spans, 10ft or so high in 40 years. There are nine named girls and we saw the lot. They are more different than you think when you see them all together but easily muddled. It might have been better just to have named three or four. Here are the five still flowering decently today:
Magnolia ‘Jane’
Magnolia ‘Jane’
Magnolia ‘Jane’
Magnolia ‘Jane’
Magnolia ‘Jane’
Magnolia ‘Ricki’
Magnolia ‘Ricki’
Magnolia ‘Ricki’
Magnolia ‘Ricki’
Magnolia ‘Ricki’
Magnolia ‘Betty’
Magnolia ‘Betty’
Magnolia ‘Betty’
Magnolia ‘Betty’
Magnolia ‘Betty’
Magnolia ‘Ann’
Magnolia ‘Ann’
Magnolia ‘Ann’
Magnolia ‘Ann’
Magnolia ‘Ann’
Magnolia ‘Judy’
Magnolia ‘Judy’
Magnolia ‘Judy’

The best rhododendrons flowering in the species collection were: Rhododendron cinnabarinum subsp xanthocodon Purpurellum Group

Rhododendron cinnabarinum subsp xanthocodon Purpurellum Group
Rhododendron cinnabarinum subsp xanthocodon Purpurellum Group
Rhododendron cinnabarinum subsp xanthocodon Purpurellum Group
Rhododendron cinnabarinum subsp xanthocodon Purpurellum Group
Rhododendron cinnabarinum subsp xanthocodon Purpurellum Group
Rhododendron cinnabarinum subsp xanthocodon Purpurellum Group
Rhododendron sinofalconeri
Rhododendron sinofalconeri
Rhododendron sinofalconeri
Rhododendron sinofalconeri
Rhododendron sinofalconeri
Rhododendron sinofalconeri
Rhododendron sinofalconeri
As far as Caerhays is concerned the Windsor visit reminded me again how many species have died out here which were once very much part of the Forrest collection and now need to be replaced. Some have but there is much more to do to get back to what was here in the 1960s:
Rhododendron floccigerum
Rhododendron floccigerum
Rhododendron floccigerum
Rhododendron arizelum
Rhododendron arizelum
Rhododendron arizelum
Rhododendron fulvum
Rhododendron fulvum
Rhododendron fulvum
Rhododendron fulgens
Rhododendron fulgens
Rhododendron fulgens
Rhododendron hyperanthum
Rhododendron hyperanthum
Rhododendron hyperanthum
Rhododendron hyperanthum
Rhododendron hyperanthum
Rhododendron basilicum
Rhododendron basilicum
Rhododendron basilicum
Rhododendron campanulatum
Rhododendron campanulatum
Rhododendron campanulatum
Rhododendron campanulatum
Rhododendron campanulatum

I need to spend a couple of days here next spring for a more in depth review of what I have forgotten about rhodo species. It is excellent that Jaimie has been a student friend of Harvey for many years. This ensures the Caerhays-Windsor connection and friendship will continue as it always has.I leave you with Karol ‘resting’ in the Valley Gardens.

Karol ‘resting’ in the Valley Gardens.
Karol ‘resting’ in the Valley Gardens.

2015 – CHW
A trip around the garden with a nice group of fairly non gardeners who had bought their tour at a charity auction.  The purchaser was responsible for setting up the polling station in the castle over five years ago which was twittered worldwide at the time and raised some money for their charity.  Heavy rain early morning (good) but now a warm north wind.

Their granddaughter likes pink so we look for pinkish and smelly plants.

RHODODENDRON chapmanii 02
RHODODENDRON chapmanii
RHODODENDRON chapmanii
RHODODENDRON chapmanii

Rhododendron chapmanii is a relatively unknown species with a compact habit.

RHODODENDRON crassum 02
RHODODENDRON crassum
RHODODENDRON crassum
RHODODENDRON crassum

Rhododendron crassum is pink in bud and the smell was just coming.  Too far out already for Chelsea though.

RHODODENDRON 'Berts Own'
RHODODENDRON ‘Berts Own’

Rhododendron ‘Berts Own’ is nearly over so much of the pink flashing had faded but the scent was still knock-out.  You would not stick is indoors for long.  A Caerhays hybrid from the 1950s or 1960s I think.

RHODODENDRON williamsianum x callimorphum
RHODODENDRON
williamsianum x callimorphum

Rhododendron williamsianum x callimorphum – as usual you walk by plants all year which you think have been lost or died out only to discover they have not.  Williamsianum x martinianum now located too on Burns Bank so this is not lost to us either.

RHODODENDRON 'Polyroy' 02
RHODODENDRON ‘Polyroy’
RHODODENDRON 'Polyroy'
RHODODENDRON ‘Polyroy’

Rhododendron ‘Polyroy’ – a Millais Nurseries bred hybrid of excellent quality flowering with us for the first time.  Presumably Rhododendron polyandrum x Rhododendron royalii although I have not yet looked it up.  There are a few flowers left on Magnolia acuminata ‘Fertile Myrtle’ x sprengeri ‘Diva’ and so I ask the group to suggest a name to register this with the Magnolia Society International.  They come up with ‘TROPICANA’ which is PERFECT and I will give them all the credit when we register.  Out of the hundreds of people who have been asked this same question in the last five to six weeks only they came up with anything faintly resembling the actual colours in a simple word.  Well done them!

2000 – FJW
Have never seen more flower or colour in the garden – went around with Philip.

1998 – FJW
Garden closed – on everyday the garden was open, RAIN FELL. Beech trees coming out.

1993 – FJW
Hot week saved by some showers.

1990 – FJW
Very dry – limited bad weather coming limply from the north.

1965 – FJW
The best new thing has been the Diva x Robusta above the Stables. The Mollicomata x nigra is ordinary but precocious to flower so young. The Dalhousiae hybs. not so good as the first attempt. The ‘yellow’ seedling azaleas on the Drive are at least yellow!

1916 – JCW
Auklandii nearly over, Cherries are gone. White A indica and A amoena very good. Molli and Ghent Azaleas nice. Loderi going over. Falconeri opening. Augustinii is passing. Daffs have gone.

1909 – JCW
Tubergen Iris are very good, most other things ruined by the sun and dry wind. C reticulata over, Montana rubra coming, Auklandii ⅓ open, Recurvas open, other things (daffs) over.

1901 – JCW
Picked the first seed pods, H Irving under glass.

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