2021 – CHW
After a few days of rain the ground is sodden again. In the week before the festivities it was dry enough to spread human sewage in pelletised form on grassland. A Christmas stink!
The first clumps of Erica arborea are now well out in flower but too damp for any scent today.
Heavy storms overnight but the water meadows have only partially flooded again. Trees down at Tubbs Mill but otherwise just debris. Nothing major in the garden as seen so far. It would seem that Storm Bella was not as bad in Cornwall as anticipated. Perhaps we are all still on a ‘high’ after agreement with the EU on a free trade deal with them and the return of sovereignty to the UK and full law making powers without the European Court of Justice. Boris has delivered his election promise of a year ago to ‘Get Brexit Done’. A remarkable feat of negotiation which will go down in history as a triumph for UK democracy. We voted to leave the EU in 2016.Full lockdown of the whole country may be announced on Wednesday which may be the end of Cornwall being in Tier 2 and the end of our shooting season.The black ram in this group of rams is a (castrated) ‘teaser’.
A few more new things in the greenhouse which I spot today.Berberis triaganthophora ‘Cathy Rose’ has compact drooping habit with attractive leaves. Source Crug Farm I expect?
At least four different varieties of Magnolia grandiflora still have flowers on today. Not unusual I suppose in a mild winter but what comes next in January?
Several secondary flowers showing on Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’ and not a bad colour either for December! Paler than in the spring though.
Off to Burncoose to view the excellent new 2017 Burncoose Nurseries catalogue which is hitting 30,000 doormats as I write. A new three column layout and more bigger pictures. Quite our best effort so far on the catalogue front. You can order a copy from the Burncoose site.On a drab day there is not much sparkle and only Andrew, Sally and Georgina at work.Nevertheless I find Hoya australis in flower in the cash point. The first time that this has ever flowered in the nursery I have seen. Not that different in flower to other hoyas.Then lots of heathers looking good:
Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramers Red’
Erica x darleyensis ‘Phoebe’
Erica erigena ‘Irish Dusk’
Erica x darleyensis ‘White Perfection’
Chaenomeles x superba ‘Pink Lady’ in full bud.
Mahonia x media ‘Buckland’ – full out and some over.
A rude email from a happy ex customer who does not like my comments on Brexit in the introduction to the new catalogue. A minority view I am happy to assume.
2015 – CHW
Back in the land of the living and out and about again! Quercus buckleyi still has plenty of leaf on it and one of the older Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’ is as full out as I had expected.
Cold spell started.
Picked a vase of Rho keysii and over 20 primroses from one plant. Fuchsias almost all cut but several lapagerias. H mollis good. A lot of single camellias out. Also double white and one double pink. Heath Mr Robert good and several Sutchuenense hybrids – also a snowdrop.
1928 – JCW
H mollis is the best thing we have and Rho mucronulatum next. Some Caucasicums Lutescens etc but no real show of them. The Cardinal willow is very nice,the camellia by the castle as usual.
1927 – JCW
H mollis very good. Double white Dutch Pearl open and the old camellia.
1925 – JCW
H mollis fairly good but not really out. White camellia fair. Mucronulatum is poor and is late. Erica darleyense late though I saw a flower in October. Berberis polyantha is the best thing. Rho venustum in vases in the hall.
1923 – JCW
H mollis is at its best. Cotoneaster salicifolia very good in spite of the birds, rather less than usual but the white camellia by the Engine House is very good.
1922 – JCW
Hamamelis mollis is very nice. Cotoneaster salicifolia, Berberis fasicularis comes on well. Coums coming. Charles saw first snowdrop. Only odd flowers of rhodo other than Caucasicum sorts.
1900 – JCW
Picked a good camellia.