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Spring at Caerhays

It’s been a busy year and time is flying by.

Much has been done in the garden and the gardens have been open to the public since Feburary.

We are now getting ready for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This year the theme of our stand is Plants and their pollinator’s. Lots of pictures of the plants in our show tunnel ready for the show, but final decisions on what to include are yet to be taken.

My father has had his 90th birthday, and I find myself a grandpa for the first time with the arrival of Isla Rose.

I taken masses of photos of our gardens for you to enjoy, on some days in March you will find over 100 images a day on some days – that has to be a record.

December at Caerhays

December is always busy at Caerhays, with the shooting season in full swing and lots of other commitments.

Burning leylandii on the 1st December.

Laurel cutting on 5th December.

First flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ on 8th December.

Arbutus unedo in full flower 9th December.

11th December still need some pictures here, same last year – typical!

Rhododendron mucronulatum flowering on 14th December.

First flowers on Camellia ‘Jurys Yellow’ 19th December.

25th December – Happy Christmas and Happy Flower Hunting.

Entering November

I am really good at wittering on about the things I find in the garden and putting these up every day, and following with images a few days later, but I keep forgetting to post things here for those of you who subscribe to updates and must wonder where I have gone since April!

24th of May saw us win a Gold medal at Chelsea Flower Show.

24th of June was liberation day, but now writing this one wonders whether it will be allowed to happen.

7th July – The interpretation panel for the newly restored Battery Walk Arch is up in the beach car park

August sees us on holiday in the Isle of Wight and going around garden centres taking pictures.

September and work is well under way to make a new area beside the beach for wedding parties.

Only as far as 5th October with the images, must chivvy Karol along.

November – April, time flies

I cannot believe we are nearly at the end of April, time flies and we are so busy.

I still have the odd missing picture but generally things are now all up to date to end of March. Most of musings for April are here, and I still have the pictures to sort.  From November to March I have added an amazing 824 images.

November Entries
November Entries
December Entries
December Entries
January Entries
January Entries
February Entries
February Entries
March Entries
March Entries

October – Turning trees and quite a few flowers still around

Diary October
Diary October

A generally good October weather wise, and lots of lovely autumn colour coming into the garden.

Himalaycalamus falconeri
Himalaycalamus falconeri

Choose your canes, for whatever you might want to use them for!

Lovely colourful start to autumn

September Diary
September Diary

September already, time is flying.  As you can see we have had a very colourful September here in the garden, each day is filled with a variety of photos.

Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’
Camellia ‘Leonard Messel’

Some of our Camellias have produced seed pods, and these can be collected and grown on although most Camellias are grown from cuttings. And very odd ones on Camellia tsaii

TETRAPANAX papyrifer
TETRAPANAX papyrifer in May 2015
Tetrapanax papifera
Tetrapanax papifera in September 2015

Massive growth in just four months on this Tetrapanax papifera

Hydrangea aspera ssp robusta
Hydrangea aspera subsp. robusta

More pondering on botanical name changes, who knows why they change their minds? All answers on a postcard please.

Rhododendron ‘Yaku Fairy’
Rhododendron ‘Yaku Fairy’

More second flowering on some dwarf rhododendrons this month, and Magnolias on the 21st and 28th of the month too.

Stewartia rostrata
Stewartia rostrata

Signs of autumn colour  with Stewartia and Cercidiphyllum too.

August in the garden

We saw the first swifts of the year on the 2nd of August.

Lyonia ovalifolia
Lyonia ovalifolia

Is this Lyonia ovalifolia?

Had a few days away in Yorkshire so there are some missing days in August, these should get filled next year as we add in the entries of my father and grandfather.

Major collapse of an old Pinus insignis
Major collapse of an old Pinus insignis

Where not to sit in August….

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?



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.