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2020 – CHW

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.

Rhododendron davidsonianum
Rhododendron davidsonianum
Rhododendron davidsonianum
Rhododendron davidsonianum
First flowers out on Rhododendron loderi ‘King George’.
Rhododendron loderi ‘King George’
Rhododendron loderi ‘King George’
The best camellia in the garden today is Camellia ‘Fairy Wand’.
Camellia ‘Fairy Wand’
Camellia ‘Fairy Wand’
Flowers on Euphorbia stygiana which I had not seen like this before. A gift from Penrice Castle gardens.
Euphorbia stygiana
Euphorbia stygiana
Euphorbia stygiana
Euphorbia stygiana
Flowers suddenly out on Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’. The ‘touch’ soon fades!
Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’
Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’
Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’
Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’
Nice new growth on Magnolia crassifolia (FMWJ 13163).
Magnolia crassifolia
Magnolia crassifolia
Magnolia crassifolia
Magnolia crassifolia
Magnolia crassifolia
Magnolia crassifolia
And on Rhodelia parvipetala (WWJ 11943).
Rhodelia parvipetala
Rhodelia parvipetala
Suddenly the splendid yellow Magnolia ‘Lois’ is out too. Long before its yellow rival, Magnolia ‘Daphne’.
Magnolia ‘Lois’
Magnolia ‘Lois’
Magnolia ‘Lois’
Magnolia ‘Lois’
Azalea ‘Hinodegiri’ a sea of red as usual despite a branch falling into the centre of the clump and smashing it a bit.
Azalea ‘Hinodegiri’
Azalea ‘Hinodegiri’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x Magnolia ‘Patriot’. I had forgotten we have two 12-25ft tall trees now. This one just starting out and quite a bit of ‘blue’ showing’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x Magnolia ‘Patriot’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x Magnolia ‘Patriot’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x Magnolia ‘Patriot’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x Magnolia ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Sunsation’ just out too at the very top. This is a x brooklynensis hybrid or variety too.
Magnolia ‘Sunsation’
Magnolia ‘Sunsation’
Phillyrea angustifolia full out in flower. This has become a huge spreading and floppy evergreen shrub.
Phillyrea
Phillyrea
Phillyrea
Phillyrea
Phillyrea
Phillyrea
Old seed heads on Olearia solandri ‘Aurea’ are attractive alongside the new growth. A big tree now with a huge spread.
Olearia solandri ‘Aurea’
Olearia solandri ‘Aurea’
Olearia solandri ‘Aurea’
Olearia solandri ‘Aurea’
Olearia solandri ‘Aurea’
Olearia solandri ‘Aurea’
Magnolia ‘Gold Cup’ is more ‘gold’ in bud than when open!
Magnolia ‘Gold Cup’
Magnolia ‘Gold Cup’
Magnolia ‘Gold Cup’
Magnolia ‘Gold Cup’
Magnolia ‘Gold Cup’
Magnolia ‘Gold Cup’
Magnolia ‘Pink Surprise’ (Magnolia ‘Galaxy’ x Magnolia ‘Toro’) flowering properly for the first time.
Magnolia ‘Pink Surprise’
Magnolia ‘Pink Surprise’
Magnolia ‘Pink Surprise’
Magnolia ‘Pink Surprise’
Magnolia ‘Pink Surprise’
Magnolia ‘Pink Surprise’
Magnolia ‘Tikitere’ is now fully open and a very different colour to the bud.
Magnolia ‘Tikitere’
Magnolia ‘Tikitere’
Magnolia ‘Tikitere’
Magnolia ‘Tikitere’
Nice new growth on Aesculus wilsonii.
Aesculus wilsonii
Aesculus wilsonii
Prunus mahaleb, the St Lucie cherry, has made a large tree.
Prunus mahaleb
Prunus mahaleb
Prunus mahaleb
Prunus mahaleb
Prunus mahaleb
Prunus mahaleb
Prunus mahaleb
Prunus mahaleb

2019 – CHW

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.

Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
This is Magnolia ‘Daybreak’, planted in 2008, by way of comparison. This too is a mix of yellow, pink and green but with far more pink. Very similar to Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ really but without the scent and a much more vigorous growing tree.
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
This is another younger Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ above Crinodendron Hedge. You could be forgiven for saying the first Peachy (above) and this one are pretty similar! This must be a mislabelled plant.
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Then we come to a much larger labelled plant of (supposedly) Magnolia ‘Peachy’ below Slip Rail planted in 2005. To my mind the colours clearly reflect a ‘daybreak’ rather than a ‘peach’.
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Here is a younger Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ in Kennel Close which is very different and a much darker mix of colours.
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
And another young Magnolia ‘Peachy’ also in Kennel Close.
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
Magnolia ‘Peachy’
So I have to conclude that ‘Peachy’ and ‘Daybreak’ are indeed very different and we do have them correctly named (apart from the third one shown above). It is perhaps the given names and the colours that I expected them to be which has caused the confusion in my mind at least.
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.

Prunus matsumae ‘Beni-yutaka’
Prunus matsumae ‘Beni-yutaka’
Prunus jamasakura from Japan is a Wilson introduction again planted in 2006. Very pretty in the dappled sunlight.
Prunus jamasakura
Prunus jamasakura
Prunus jamasakura
Prunus jamasakura
Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’ is particularly good below the tower. If there was a hint of pink in the buds it is long gone now.
Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’
Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’
Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’
Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’
Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’
Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’
Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’
Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’
First flowers on Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth’ at the Four in Hand.
Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth’
Rhododendron ‘Elizabeth’
Laurel pruning around the main fernery by Tim and Jack who started working here this week (from Trewarthenick). A decent fire beside the well frosted tree fern fronds which they have not yet ignited by accident!
Tim and Jack
Tim and Jack
Tim and Jack
Tim and Jack
Most flowers on a young Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ are black and dead like this but a couple have survived and now out a month late.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Kalleberg’ – rather dull and I planted two not far apart above Crinodendron Hedge.
Magnolia ‘Kalleberg’
Magnolia ‘Kalleberg’
Magnolia ‘Kalleberg’
Magnolia ‘Kalleberg’
Magnolia ‘Kalleberg’
Magnolia ‘Kalleberg’
Another young Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ with just one decent flower in the sun.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
At last a decent young Rhododendron moorii unlike the battered one a few days ago. Older plants not showing yet. Much more pink in the bud and flowers than our originals.
Rhododendron moorii
Rhododendron moorii
Magnolia ‘Lili Diva’ is GOOD. A cross between Magnolia liliiflora and Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’ presumably. Look at the colour of the bud. First proper flowering here.
Magnolia ‘Lili Diva’
Magnolia ‘Lili Diva’
Magnolia ‘Lili Diva’
Magnolia ‘Lili Diva’
Magnolia ‘Lili Diva’
Magnolia ‘Lili Diva’
Magnolia ‘Angelica’ is excellent when finally opened out too.
Magnolia ‘Angelica’
Magnolia ‘Angelica’
Magnolia ‘Spring Rite’ less so now fully out.
Magnolia ‘Spring Rite’
Magnolia ‘Spring Rite’
Magnolia ‘Spring Rite’
Magnolia ‘Spring Rite’
Magnolia ‘Petit Chicon’ now has promise and quite a hint of yellow in the small and oddly shaped buds. This one is popular in nursery sales.
Magnolia ‘Petit Chicon’
Magnolia ‘Petit Chicon’
Magnolia ‘Petit Chicon’
Magnolia ‘Petit Chicon’
The first time Magnolia ‘Goldfinch’ has flowered with us outside the nursery. Plenty of yellow here. I must catch it again in a couple of days.
Magnolia ‘Goldfinch’
Magnolia ‘Goldfinch’
Magnolia ‘Goldfinch’
Magnolia ‘Goldfinch’
Magnolia ‘Goldfinch’
Magnolia ‘Goldfinch’
‘Lili Diva’ takes the prize today. At last a magnolia all enthusiasts should add to their collection. ‘Angelica’ not far behind’.

2017 – CHW
Magnolia ‘Limelight’ below the tower is very like ‘Yellow Lantern’ but has a strange low spreading habit as does the one at Burncoose.
Magnolia ‘Limelight’
Magnolia ‘Limelight’
Magnolia ‘Limelight’
Magnolia ‘Limelight’
First flowerings in the new rhododendron plantings in Old Park. A very good dark form of wild collected Rhododendron thompsonii. Much better than what we have.
Rhododendron thompsonii
Rhododendron thompsonii
Rhododendron thompsonii
Rhododendron thompsonii
Magnolia ‘Felicity’ x ‘Eric Savill’ – first flower but poor!
Magnolia ‘Felicity’ x ‘Eric Savill’
Magnolia ‘Felicity’ x ‘Eric Savill’
A good new light coloured clump of Rhododendron racemosum in Old Park.
Rhododendron racemosum
Rhododendron racemosum
Rhododendron racemosum
Rhododendron racemosum
Magnolia ‘Genie’ still looking splendid above the Crinodendron Hedge weeks and weeks after we first saw it in this blog.
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Genie’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’ is improving having fallen over and needing re-staking.
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Woodsman’ x ‘Patriot’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ looks a little different from the one below Tin Garden but nice enough.
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia ‘Daybreak’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ really is the best of these brooklynensis hybrids providing you catch the flowers as they just emerge from the very black buds and ahead of the leaves.
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’
An elderly clump of Rhododendron loderi types which I had completely forgotten about and may have missed completely for years.
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Rhododendron loderi
Magnolia ‘Peaches ‘n’ Cream’ seems very like ‘Peachy’ and ‘Daybreak’?! Perhaps I am being unfair to a first single flower.
Magnolia ‘Peaches ‘n’ Cream’
Magnolia ‘Peaches ‘n’ Cream’
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’ – is battered but not exactly impressive or different as yet. Only its second year of flowering though.
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’
Magnolia ‘Paul Cook’
Magnolia ‘Gold Finch’ – small flowers and not one to get too excited about if you are collecting yellows.
Magnolia ‘Gold Finch’
Magnolia ‘Gold Finch’
Magnolia ‘Gold Finch’
Magnolia ‘Gold Finch’

2016 – CHW
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.
Michelia foveolata
Michelia foveolata
Michelia foveolata
Michelia foveolata
Magnolia soulangeana ‘Alexandrina’ by the mist houses is not really that different from the plain M soulangeana except perhaps that the flowers are larger. A good spot for it beside the drive. I only bought this variety because the Bolithos wanted one to plant on their horse’s grave. The horse was called ‘Alexandrina’.
My new planting of smaller scented rhododendrons by the mist houses (largely for cutting material) are coming on nicely. Rhododendron ciliicalyx is nicely in flower.
Rhododendron ciliicalyx
Rhododendron ciliicalyx
Rhododendron ciliicalyx
Rhododendron ciliicalyx
Chorezima illicifolia is a superb ‘pea’ flowered climber for the greenhouse only with prickly leaves. It used to grow in the Burncoose conservatory pre my brother’s renovations. It will flower away for months but prefers some shade as its leaves scorch in full sun.
Chorezima illicifolia
Chorezima illicifolia
Louisa, the Burncoose propagator, has acquired somehow a Correa pulchella orange form (normally it is pink) which looks quite nice and is certainly rather different even if it looks tender. Not normally in flower now?
Correa pulchella orange form
Correa pulchella orange form
A nice crop of young plants from our cuttings of Rhododendron ‘Snow Lady’ (ciliatum x leucaspis) are just going over in the big glasshouse. No scent left.
Rhododendron ‘Snow Lady’
Rhododendron ‘Snow Lady’
Michelia ‘Fairy Blush’ is full out and I have not seen this in flower myself before. Better pick a couple for Caerhays!
Michelia ‘Fairy Blush’
Michelia ‘Fairy Blush’

2015 – CHW

Magnolia accuminata ‘Fertile Myrtle’ x Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’
Magnolia ‘Tropicana’

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.

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