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Pushing on through summer.

Annual holiday to the Isle of Wight.  A few holiday snaps, but generally musing about next year’s Burncoose catalogue, which I always get my teeth stuck into at this time of year.

I had a couple of days of not writing so you will find some nice pictures of the Isle of Wight.

On the quest for photos for the Burncoose Catalogue I visited a couple local nurseries on the 8th and 9th, and Ventnor Gardens on the 10th.

Gardens around the house
Gardens around the house

At Osborne House on the 12th, I saw my first  cone on the rare conifer Sciadopitys verticellata.






Lithocarpus pachyphyllus
Lithocarpus pachyphyllus

Once back home more pictures were taken.  I am a bit worried about our Lithocarpus pachyphyllus, have a look and see what you think.

Lots of Hydrangeas on the 22nd and 23rd to see.


I pose the question is this all worth it on the 26th July and wonder whether I need to make it more controversial!


June – Summer fetes & lots of colour


screen shot of june 2015
June 2015

June proved to be very dry in Cornwall, unlike July and August.

We saw our best ever summer fete with over 3500 people visiting the Castle and gardens and enjoying the day.

Colourful cornus pictures on 10th June  and the 14th of June to see on our hunt around the garden

Lots of Magnolia pictures to delight and of course more questions that need answering…

Is this magnolia from the breeder Gothenburg?

An azalea with no name.

Is this Rhododendron royalii hybrid ‘Royal Flush’?

Baby frogs

The gardens saw an invasion of baby frogs, they were everywhere, so tiny and difficult to photograph but lovely to watch. Check out the 9th of JuneDo birds not eat tiny frogs?



Colourful May in many ways

May Screenshot
May Screenshot

May 2015 is finally all up to date and looking good.

Such a busy month for us with many garden tours, The Election and of course the wonderful Chelsea Flower Show.  We won RHS Plant of the Year with the lovely Viburnum plicatum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’, and also recieved a Gold Award for our Burncoose Nurseries Stand.

All my notes for June are in we just need to adjust the photos, and July has started well with a short holiday for me!


April nearly done

I cannot believe how much time this is taking.

However, much excitment today as we won Plant of the Year at RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a lovely new Viburnum plicatum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’, which Burncoose will be selling exclusively later this year.  Jan Willem Wezelenburg Hazerswoude discovered this as a seedling amongst the crop of the recently introduced parent V plicatum Kilimanjaro.

Here is hoping that tomorrow brings a good medal for the stand as well.

All April posts and images are in, but we are still fiddling with the layout and links from the 10th April.

May posts are in to the 17th, but most without any images at all at the moment.

Launch of new Caerhays Garden Diary

Much excitment as today sees the launch of my Garden Diary at Caerhays.

I have entered everything I have for February 2015 and some accompanying pictures.  March and April are still a work in progress, but I will post here when more is available.

Diary extract February 12th
Diary extract February 12th

We are also in contact with Exeter University about the possibility of them transcribing all the original diary pages – what a task as you can see.


Charles Williams.