2023 – CHW
A fine Easter weekend. I saw the first bluebell in flower at Burncoose 3 days ago but it was raining and my camera does not like the rain!
This is a 1998 rhododendron cross made by Jaimie. His cross No. 12 which we need to look up. Attractive striping as it first opens and, perhaps, well worth naming. Perhaps Rh. calophytum is one of the parents?
Then onto the new 1 year old Amelanchier collection to finish a film on Amelanchiers which I started a year ago. Last year I was too late to film the larger trees which were over.
2022 – CHW
First two house martins seen over the lake yesterday morning by Jaimie (8th April). Bang on time.
A fine sunny day after a good bit of rain yesterday. Good for the newly planted things to get a good watering in. Last April was very dry and things suffered by mid-May.
Rhododendron magnificum on Rookery Path. The flowers quickly fade in colour. Nearby is Rh. praestans which does the same.
Jaimie photographed a stoat chasing a rabbit at the sales point this afternoon. In burning up a fallen tree in the Rookery today a nearby pile of logs was disturbed which turned out to contain both a live stoat and a half eaten small rabbit. Clearly the stoat had to try again quickly for a fresh meal.
2020 – CHW
Now the media moaning is about the professional footballers in the premiership whose players are paid an average £3.6 million each. Instead of really kicking up a deserved stink when the players refuse an overall 30% pay cut the BBC argument is that of the players themselves who maintain they pay more tax if they get paid more so far better for the NHS etc etc. Well fuck me! If the BBC sports reporter fell for that and the editors took it as their media stance what hope is there for the BBC and rational journalism? Who is afraid of who here one wonders and might the hundreds of BBC managers paid more than Boris fear taking a modest 30% cut too? Many clubs have furloughed most of their non-playing staff as well. Why does the BBC take such an aggressive line against the government while promoting rubbish like this as ‘reasonable’?
But I hear from Ian Burnett of a lifetime Oxford friend who has just died of the corona. Others are ill and here am I being facetious about the BBC and footballers! Strange and troubling times.
Jaimie found this happy notice pinned onto the car park gates by the police in a large four-by-four vehicle. Glad they have time on their hands for serious work. There was no one there to castigate!
The original Magnolia dawsoniana still full out at 50-60ft long after all the other Asiatics are well over. More flowers this year than for several years.
2019 – CHW
The Cornwall Garden Society spring show for the first time at Wadebridge (Royal Cornwall county showground) in the cattle show sheds and outdoor arenas. A great improvement in the exhibits and trade stands after 18 years at Boconnoc with all the car parking issues. Fantastic show which puts Cornwall on the map and some RHS efforts in the shade.
Magnolia ‘Solar Flair’ in the three sprays class from Caerhays (which won first and a cup or two).
2018 – CHW
Another hunt for decent magnolias now that the season is back in full swing. Thank goodness it is not the washout of 2012. Plenty now for visitors to see!
A young Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’ now full out.
2017 – CHW Off to the Valley Gardens and the rhododendron species collection.
2016 – CHW
Amid the primroses you often find wild primulas of varying colours which have naturalised from the primulas which once grew in the border below.Alongside are clumps of Cyclamen coum with their distinctive leaves. J C Williams spent hundreds of pounds before the First War buying cyclamen species from Turkey so these have been here for 100 years thriving and naturalising with their autumn cousins; Cyclamen hederifolium.
2015 – CHW
Magnolia Black Tulip is just strutting its stuff. A nice rounded flower and a different shape to Magnolia ‘Genie’. I see the RHS are producing a new colour chart in May and we need to get this for next year to help describe magnolia flower colours which are so difficult to find words for. Putting it crudely ‘Genie’ is a reddish black when it first opens whereas ‘Black Tulip’ is purplish sort of blackish when it first opens. Which is the darkest – see for yourself?
Magnolia ‘Sunrise’ is full of flower on Burns Bank. A good flower with a bold reddish stripe on a profusion of white flowers.Rhododendron pseudochrysanthum in full flower below Donkey Shoe. This is the first time I have seen these pink flowers on this species best known for its attractive silvery indumentum on the new growth.
1970 – FJW
Auntie and I went up Trengwainton Drive in a heavy snow showers.
1966 – FJW
Charles caught 10 trout.
1965 – FJW
David fell into the pond backwards [from the old grey boat once rowed across the channel to Porthluney beach during the war by a French criminal who claimed to be escaping the Nazis].
1964 – FJW
Rhodo and Camellia group came – almost too tired (?) to ask questions. There was little out in the garden.
1946 – CW
Truro Show – shrubs good also Camellias. Rhododendrons poor, partly a bad year for flower. Magnolia dawsoniana, S Robusta nearly over also Mollicomata. Sargentiana almost at its best. Auklandii x Mrs Butler hybrids very good. Daffodils almost over. There has been a fuschia by the pantry out for well over a week.
1916 – JCW
Just about the best day of a very bad daff season, plenty of good yellow incomps and some good Leden. Rhodo’s frosted and maimed by the frost. The first de Graaf’s open in the Drive and a few cherries.
1914 – JCW
The Auklandii x white Arboreum are now opening, Pyrus caloneura has been good for a fortnight.
1906 – JCW
Daffs on the wane, we have had a long dry three weeks for the flowers. Primroses at their best.
1905 – JCW
It is about the best day of the daff season, some buds of de Graaf yet to open, am sending most of the Lulworths to London and Plymouth for Tuesday.
1903 – JCW
The first Grandis is open and all daffodils or nearly all are on the wane though we have Maximus yet.
1900 – JCW
Weardale, Torch, G of Leiden, Lucifer just opening.
1898 – JCW
One Iris lorteti shows colour, primroses at about their best, the last Emperor bud has opened, but the late planted H Irving is only just out.