2023 – CHW
Howling gales for 2 days. With 50+ mile an hour winds we were forced to shut the gardens yesterday on safety grounds. All other Great Gardens and some National Trust ones did as well. Unbelievable rain for April and the roads totally flooded on the way back from Charles’s Rettalack’s funeral at the Truro crematorium yesterday. The Cornish farming community stood gossiping in the rain outside the ‘crem’ without batting an eyelid. Rev. Warner, who first met Charles Retallack in 1975 as the then Caerhays churchwarden, gave an excellent send off but didn’t hang about in the gale afterwards. No wake so Simon Trudgeon and I had our own! Sadly Margaret Retallack broke her hip over the weekend and had to miss her husband’s funeral which was recorded for her.
A visit to a tenanted dairy farm on the estate in the rain to discuss the future. Large gum boots needed as you can see but the cattle had recently been turned out of the overwintering sheds. Enjoy a rather seasonally full slurry tank of S.H. one T!
2022 – CHW
Six house martins flying over the lawn this evening.
I attach a submission to Professor Wang, the registrar of the International Camellia Society, concerning Camellia x williamsii ‘Delia Williams’. Quite dull perhaps but an interesting little bit of Caerhays/Trewithen history.
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Magnolia ‘Apricot Brandy’ with one flower out and the peculiar coloured buds.
Magnolia ‘Black Bird’ (parentage unknown) has come out properly in the Isla Rose plantation. Well worth its place.
First cuckoo heard by Lizzie today.Another week of lockdown and I should finish all 650 or so of the plant care articles needed to complete these for the Burncoose website. About 50 more done over the Easter bank holiday weekend so now 600 in total completed over the last four years or so. Each averages 300 words (with a set of pictures of how these plants grow in gardens) so about 200,000 words in all.Finally common sense is prevailing over the lockdown and, as I had suspected, we may start to be out of some of this by early May. If the Italians and Spanish are reopening their factories and building sites today we must, very shortly, do the same.First flowers out on Rhododendron davidsonianum in various colours.
Today another attempt to differentiate between Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ and Magnolia ‘Peachy’. We entered Magnolia ‘Peachy’ in two classes at the Cornwall Garden Society show last weekend but I have suspected that our ‘Peachy’ was in fact ‘Daybreak’ despite its labelling in the garden here. We have several plants of both varieties at various ages. To my mind Daybreak conjures up a vision of mixed gentle colours while Peachy should be darker.This is labelled Magnolia ‘Peachy’ above Hovel Cart Road. Planted in circa 2010.
M. ‘Peachy’ is a cross between Magnolia acuminata ‘Fertile Myrtle’ and Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’ (the same cross as our Magnolia ‘Tropicana’ but with rather different colours).M. ‘Daybreak’ is a cross between Magnolia brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ and Magnolia ‘Tina Durio’ (basically a yellow/black/pink mix crossed with a near pure white).When one understands that perhaps I have started an unnecessary hare running. BUT there is still one more ‘Daybreak’ yet to flower.
2018 – CHW
Another fine day in a fine week. The cherries are starting and, at last, some half decent or even good new and younger magnolias rather than the crap from three days ago.
Prunus matsumae ‘Beni-yutaka’ planted in 2006. I had not realised that we had a mature matsumae variety. I bought this from Thornhayes nursery with no idea they were to become all the rage today. Now a big vigorous tree with striped bark.
Magnolia ‘Limelight’ below the tower is very like ‘Yellow Lantern’ but has a strange low spreading habit as does the one at Burncoose.
A day at Burncoose with Karol photographing in the nursery all day but we escape into the garden.Michelia foveolata now has about a dozen flowers which are white when full out and not slightly creamy as they were on first opening. Not much scent today and this is never going to be the scented eye catching plant that is Michelia doltsopa. Nevertheless a new first for Burncoose.
2015 – CHW
To London for a Garden Society dinner. Took only Magnolia ‘Fertile Myrtle’ x sprengeri ‘Diva’. No new names suggested by the members. Briefly, earlier in the afternoon, got stuck in a lift with and operated by the Duke of Westminster who was unamused!
Update – it is now named ‘Tropicana’
2003 – FJW
House martins seen – fine year for Magnolias and Camellias. Dry March and fairly dry so far. Primroses lasted very well.
1993 – FJW
Swallows seen. A blessedly wet April.
1990 – FJW
Very mixed up year. 4 fearful gales. New beech is coming into to leaf and Rho fargesii.
1968 – FJW
3400 on Open Day. Magnolias have been good but cold dry spell has kept back the mid season stuff. A good soak urgently needed.
1958 – FJW
Still cold. Things held back and coming slowly. Best things are Calophytum by George’s Hut and Big Red in Bamboo clump at end of 40 Acres. Magnolias discoloured.
1928 – JCW
The frost has gone and so have the rhodo’ blooms (this belongs to March 14).
1917 – JCW
No daffs to speak of, mostly early yellows, the latest season on record, this is the first warm morning for a very long while.
1913 – JCW
R spinuliferum open, also R fargesii. Clematis indivisa remains good. C montana ½ out. Daffs at 451 and mostly over. R reticulata good, cherries half out. Ribes going back. Auklandii arboreums at their best.
1911 – JCW
Daffs would be as good as ever they were had it not been so dry for 10 days. Mag halleana is good, the cherries just show colour.
1910 – JCW
Daffs just at their best, de Graaf is out, very wet.
1906 – JCW
Just as in 1905, the daffodil business is over. Per green eye came out yesterday, the de Graaf have gone off, nearly all the Grandis open, Countess of M very good.
1905 – JCW
Grandis is open. Daffs have gone back, could pick a good King Alfred now, Montana open.
1900 – JCW
Daffodils will not be at their best until the end of this week, only one or two M de Graaf open, but the show last Thursday was the best we have had yet, though many poor flowers were there.
1899 – JCW
I saw a brood of wild ducks about ten days old, most daffs going back. Many tree ferns starting.