28th December

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CW 1940-1955

2018 – CHW

Here is the plain yellow form of Rhododendron Golden Oriole Group – ‘Talavera’.

Rhododendron Golden Oriole Group - ‘Talavera’
Rhododendron Golden Oriole Group – ‘Talavera’
I am revising my opinion on next year’s magnolia flowering season. After The Beast when all the flowers were decimated last March the plants wasted no energy on setting seed and so I had expected a bumper crop of buds for this coming year. Here, however, in the Rireii Opening, there is hardly a bud on Magnolia ‘Lanarth’. Magnolia sargentiana robusta is very sparse indeed and Magnolia mollicomata has virtually no buds at all. These three trees are some of the best displays in the garden but were in the teeth of the east wind. One must assume that the leaf buds took damage too last March and that new growth was then slow. Hence the worst display of budding that I can ever remember in this area anyway. Perhaps the summer drought is to blame rather than The Beast? How then do you explain the plentiful buds on some of the magnolias in more shelter? ‘Caerhays Belle’ is loaded.
three trees are some of the best displays in the garden
three trees are some of the best displays in the garden
three trees are some of the best displays in the garden
three trees are some of the best displays in the garden
three trees are some of the best displays in the garden
three trees are some of the best displays in the garden

2017 – CHW
An investigation into some new young trees below the tree fern on the main ride.

Acer heptaphlebium has no real autumn colour here at a young age but holds its leaves late into autumn. Odd name to pronounce!

Acer heptaphlebium
Acer heptaphlebium
Acer heptaphlebium
Acer heptaphlebium
Zanthoxylum armatum seems evergreen with us and is certainly living up to its name. We now have several different and very prickly species of zanthoxylum – five or six I think. Pretty horrid until they are old enough to fruit properly.
Zanthoxylum armatum
Zanthoxylum armatum
Zanthoxylum armatum
Zanthoxylum armatum
Quercus rhysophylla ‘Maya’ fully evergreen and growing well. No sign of new growth yet and stem/trunk still green.
Quercus rhysophylla ‘Maya’
Quercus rhysophylla ‘Maya’
Quercus rhysophylla ‘Maya’
Quercus rhysophylla ‘Maya’
Quercus rhysophylla ‘Maya’
Quercus rhysophylla ‘Maya’
First flower on the pink form of Rhododendron ‘Bo-Peep’. A little later than last year I suspect.
Rhododendron ‘Bo-Peep’
Rhododendron ‘Bo-Peep’

2016 – CHW
Hamamelis day in the nursery! Most varieties are just out in pots and rather splendid although more flowers to open on most. The nursery plants readily beat the garden ones which have yet to show.Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Rubin’ (small size catalogue plant and plant as you would order it today) – a new variety for us to stock which I saw as a large clump last spring at Rosemoor.
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Rubin’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Rubin’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Rubin’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Rubin’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’ (small size catalogue plant and plant as you would order it today). A new variety for the catalogue. Mid yellow but large flowers.
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Primavera’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’ (small size catalogue plant and plant as you would order it today). An excellent bronzy red but not new to us.
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Aphrodite’ – large catalogue sized plant and another one which was first seen, and obviously excellent, at Rosemoor last spring. Mid-March in fact and only full out there then!
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Aphrodite’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Aphrodite’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Aphrodite’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Aphrodite’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Aphrodite’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Aphrodite’
Hamamelis mollis – larger sized plants.
Hamamelis mollis
Hamamelis mollis
Hamamelis mollis
Hamamelis mollis

Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ – small sized plants.

Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ – small sized plants
Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ – small sized plants
Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ – large sized plants with masses of delicate yellow flowers.
Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ – large sized plants
Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ – large sized plants
Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ – large sized plants
Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ – large sized plants
Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ – large sized plants
Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ – large sized plants
Cyclamen coum nicely out. A darker form than the one see in the garden on Christmas Day.
Cyclamen coum
Cyclamen coum

2015 – CHW
Continuing the theme of absurd things being out in late December we have:Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’ full out with a few leaves still on what may have once been a secondary flowering flush in September.

Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’
Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’

Rhododendron ‘Countess of Haddington’ is trying to come out four months early.

Rhododendron ‘Countess of Haddington’
Rhododendron ‘Countess of Haddington’
Rhododendron ‘Countess of Haddington’
Rhododendron ‘Countess of Haddington’

2000 – FJW
Cold spell started – south coast of Cornwall the mildest place to be.

1987 – FJW
Flowers on Cam George Blandford. November Pink well out.

1972 – FJW
Four days of gales.

1928 – JCW
No Camellia sasanqua open yet.1931 – JCW
The first camellia speciosa is open today.1930 – JCW
White Cam japonica has been open for a fortnight. H mollis is very good. Caucasicum venustum is good in the dwelling house. Some few flowers of Gordonia have been excellent.

1921 – JCW
The above camellia has been out a month also Thea 1, Thea 11. Speciosa, sasanqua and heaths very good indeed. R mucronulatum nice. Rho venustum good. R [?] fair. The Gordonia anomala is just going out of flower. Many daffs are up. Coums have been showing for a week.

1919 – JCW
The white camellia by the Engine House has a flower open. Hamamelis mollis is about at its best. Rho mucronulatum is very good indeed but it should be better presently.

1900 – JCW
C picked a snowdrop open.

1899 – JCW
Crocus imperati not open yet shows colour. Iris stylosa (two kinds) and Iris bakeriana open. Several roses yet.