2023 – CHW
An evening visit to Porthpean House which has a well known camellia garden now run by Martin Petherick but actually the creation of his two uncles and, then, parents – Christopher and Charlotte. Situated just on the (low) cliff above Porthpean Beach and facing east it is an extraordinary oasis of shelter and a unique microclimate where camellias thrive touching the sea.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Charlotte Petherick’.
2022 – CHW
Lindera angustifolia (FMWJ 13156) is nicely in flower even low down and nice bark too on its straight stem.
I thought it might be interesting to photograph all the many different forms of Rhododendron davidsonianum out today in the garden.This is the ‘Caerhays Pink’ form in the Auklandii Garden which is hardly out as yet. It is the red centre which marks this form out and it will get pinker overall.
I hear on reasonably good authority (which does not of course make it true in these times of fake news) that Treliske hospital in Truro last week had only 23 corona patients of whom four were in intensive care. Cornwall may therefore have missed the worst of it but some cases may perhaps have been sent to Derriford hospital in Plymouth.Sixty percent of Treliske is empty and the Duchy hospital alongside it the same or worse. All non-urgent operations cancelled and all cancer patients etc not coming in for treatment. At least that is all now being reversed but was such a panic struck hospital shutdown really necessary in Cornwall with all its consequences? What are all the NHS staff being paid to actually do?Last Saturday I thought that the BBC had led the news with as story that sounded potentially made up or fake. When a supposedly impartial national broadcaster (who we all pay to listen to) can sink to behaving like a gutter press tabloid newspaper it is high time someone in government called them out. Exactly as their patently fake news item tried to call out / ridicule the government.Charles Moore’s ‘Notebook’ is worth repeating in full here as it appeared earlier this week in the Telegraph.The oak is definitely out into leaf well before the ash (again) this year so we are in for a ‘splash’ and not a soak.Mixed colours on the bluebells naturalising on the bank above the front door.
With no public in the nursery a KPK carpenter is mending all the tunnel doors and re edging all the tunnel pathways.
Also looking good in the nursery:- Castanopsis concolor with flowers appearing in a small plant
News! The Caerhays magnolia collection has (after inspection) been deemed
worthy/accepted by the RHS Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group as being
‘outstanding’. A plaque to follow I expect and a press release to prepare before Chelsea.
On reflection this is the fifth successive year that the garden and/or Burncoose Nurseries
has received some sort of ‘official’ recognition or award as, perhaps the culmination of a
century or more, of hard work by everyone involved in creating something special and
unique here. Perhaps / surely another party is suggested? Too busy at present and with
Chelsea looming!Camellia ‘Extravaganza’ shattered by the east wind. It will now need a hard pruning to reshoot from 2-3 feet of trunk
Royalty I think and not, as yet, worthy of a name.
off her so they didn’t make the incubator.
These are Jaimie and Michael’s entries at the Rosemoor Show over the weekend together with the prizes awarded (or not!).
2017 – CHWA garden visit to Penrice Castle on the Gower Peninsula and a superb lunch in their new 5* seafront restaurant.
Magnolia sapiensis doing well in a dry but shady location.
Early to Rosemoor for the RHS rhododendron show. During judging I found a plant in the garden of Lithocarpus henryi which I do not think grows at Caerhays but which was certainly here once. It is quite similar to Quercus acuta or Quercus glabra in some respects and is one we ought to propagate.
Camellia ‘unknown’ (a form of Camellia tsai?)
Camellia reticulata ?
2015 – CHW
Now that the ‘smellies’ are nearly full out time to brief Asia on the ones to take cuttings from in five to six weeks’ time when they are soft. Rhododendron sinonuttalii has buds for the first time here. A huge plant grew on the conservatory at Burncoose as the picture shows but the scent was overpowering and too noxious to risk cutting a flower for indoors.
We look at Rhododendron ‘Logan Damaris’ which my father always said was the best yellow. The original clump by the podocarpus forest died out years ago but yellows have improved mightily in 40 years and we pass by with little Scottish adulation.Magnolia yuchelia does however grab attention as well it should and there is another good plant above Crinodendron Hedge.
Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’ is just coming out in a very sheltered spot. It should be ‘Touch of Purple’ really as that is what the ends of the buds have today.
1998 – FJW
First house martins seen.
1988 – FJW
David announced his intentions with regard to Sarah Williams. XXXXX Day.
1907 – JCW
Birmingham Show. Most daffs are over, Marvel are good, a few Frian left. Saw the first of my big crop for making Mrs JCW rhodo come into flower, it was sown in 1901.
1902 – JCW
Came back from Appleshaw and Drill Hall last night, a few Marvel seedlings to open and a late poet or two, other things nearly over, picked and opened a ripe bud of Cyclamineus. The best things seen at the Drill Hall and Appleshaw were ‘Mrs Berkley and White Queen with Betty Berkley’. Bought a poet.