2021 – CHW
Quite a bit of snow at Burncoose which, after two hours of plotting the planting programme in the garden, finally spurred me to go home for fear of the roads. Nearer Truro no snow at all but The Beast is with us and just as bad now as in March 2018. So strong is the east wind that it is totally unsafe in the garden this afternoon. Grim!
9am and a smattering of powdery snow through the nursery.
Malcolm Pharoah and his team from Marwood Hill Gardens visit Burncoose to see how a mail order operation works. They plan to start a mail order offering from the garden. Astilbe first with other herbaceous and Dr Smarts camellias later.Time to look at a little of the nursery properly between the violent squalls and rain that are the tail end of Storm Ciara.
Camellia ‘Betty Sheffield Supreme’ in the cash point. This variety is a sport of ‘Betty Sheffield’ which is pure white! ‘Betty Sheffield Supreme’ has red frills so we appear to have propagated a branch that has reverted or muddled the stock plants.
Another trip to Burncoose with more time for photography.Daphne odora ‘Marianni’ in full flower and beautifully scented in a tunnel.
Off to the greenhouse to pick out different piles of plants from the frames for different planting areas next Friday which is a scheduled planting day.The huge camellia overhanging the top wall has been slightly frosted but still good in the sun and hailstorms.
A few more glimpses of the results of a very mild winter. One night of hard frost and hard ground and four to six days starting with a bit of white on the grass is all we have had although a cold east wind today. Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’ has quite a few flowers out now and this one has a nice scent today.
Trip to Tregullow to see the garden (and the rugby). This used to be a much more frequent event before we moved from Burncoose. Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’ flowers in the kitchen.The largest stinging nettles you are likely to see in February! 4-6’’ already. Cesspit nearby I suspect.
Yes DJW and CHW both appear on ITV (local) news last night. David at No 10 Downing Street and me at Heligan sounding more pompous than I thought but it will give everyone a good laugh. Alex Smit (son of Tim) not the most eloquent of speakers and he had given up his breakfast due to nerves over his TV debut! Seldom have two brothers representing Caerhays and Burncoose appeared ‘live’ on TV in the same programme on the same day! Heligan’s head gardener clearly not too keen on No 10 and a host of Tory MPs (Cornish) and one minister (George Eustace – agriculture). Pity Caerhays is not open to the public yet to benefit.Dad of course missed the TV despite prompting but enjoyed the pictures of Downing Street and DJW.Filming at Heligan took 1hr 40mins to produce 2 minutes and 15 seconds of TV. About par for the course either side of a hailstorm and we only did two ‘takes’. In the first Smit was supposed to say ‘Cornish hotels and gardens are open for business’ and talk magnolias. Instead he waffled about autumn colours in New England and referred to ‘rhododendrons the size of hotels’. Not quite the theme we had in mind so ‘cut’.Yes ‘we’ were on BBC news (local) as well entering No10 but no BBC filming inside No10 unlike ITV.The main news item about Caerhays is embargoed until Monday but here is the press release which you cannot see until then (and will not due to the time lag in uploading this)! Rather more likely to encourage new visitors here than the media bunfight at No10.HHA/Christie’s press release and Great Gardens press releaseTelegraph article ‘Magnolias mark the start of this year’s Cornish spring
2015 – CHW
Found a tail end flower on Magnolia grandiflora ‘Edith Bogue’ Jaimie says it’s ‘Symmes Select’. Is this a record for lateness in the wrong season? First colour showing on record Magnolia campbellii on main path. Should be out in full by end of month if no frost or east winds.
1994 – FJW
Still very wet – some magnolias out.
1971 – FJW
Very mild February to date. Burns Bank partly replanted – snowdrops past best. Burnt Downs.
1954 – CW
We have had very bad frost and pond frozen over a week. 16° frost Lanarth . Almost all flowers out. Michelias looking very bad. Apart from Cam Tsai Hu no camellias hurt. Taliensis looks alright – Magnolia buds look all bad.
1914 – JCW
Some Caerhays daffs in the orchard. R lutescens is very nice, R mucronulatum going over. Several kinds of Rhodo’ open in the Beech Walk. Snowdrops at their best, Clematis chrymocomer is good now.
1906 – JCW
H Irving, G Spur, Tenby all open.