2020 – CHW
It rains for 24 hours as Storm Dennis does its worst. Severe flooding to come in the water meadows tomorrow but I manage a few pictures before the heavy rain arrives.
The yellow flowered Magnolia campbellii is now full out and undamaged by Storm Ciara. We have stupidly forgotten to take scions of this for grafting in the batches taken recently but we can still rectify this.
Off to David Knuckey’s funeral at Camborne crematorium. David was a founding partner of Burncoose Nurseries in 1984 together with his son Philip and my brother and I. David just made it to Dad’s funeral on 19th January but died a week later. Very sad! One of the greatest and most successful exhibitors at RHS and other shows. His show stands were admired by hundreds of thousands of people over at least four decades.This is Karol’s new ‘video blog’ kit which we refer to as ‘vlog’! You will see these weekly on the Caerhays site and perhaps in this blog too if that is technically possible?
2018 – CHW
The garden rushes out and hence the need to record today exactly what is out for the ongoing historic garden diary.
The new plant sales area is very nearly complete.
The huge Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ beyond the greenhouse is out early. BBC Spotlight get our press release about the naming of Rhododendron ‘Red Centurion’ and, typically, ring up wanting to do a piece on early rhododendrons. Red Centurion flowers in May!
The greenhouses are stacked high with new young plants and seedlings. We need to send a lot to Burncoose to make more space for potting on this spring. All excellent work by Asia.Magnolia grandiflora ‘Symons Select’ still has a good bud to come and three flowers currently out. Amazing!
2016 – CHW
Barbara Oozeerally and her husband have just left after a weekend of viewing magnolias to paint for her second major pictorial book on the subject. Absurdly early but we did manage to find her some new subjects:F J Williams, Bishop Michael, campbellii ‘Werrington’, Bishop Peter, Suzannah van Veen, New Zealand form ‘Lanarth’, Hawk, Shirraz, True ‘Lanarth’, campbellii ‘Sidbury’, campbellii ‘Lamellyn Pink’, Red Lion, Delia Williams.She gave us the most beautiful original picture of Magnolia sprengeri ‘Burncoose’ which is quite outstanding and will go in pride of place when framed.
All the above have been photographed already and are in this diary over the last few days.
Barbara will need to come back again once or twice more this season if we are to move forward. She is the most accurate painter of magnolias of the three or four artists commissioned by us (with very different styles) over the last 30 years to paint Caerhays plants. Helen Hilliard, Michelle Bennett-Oates and one other.
2001 – FJW
Back yard Magnolia shows colour.2000 – FJW
Giddle Magnolia has several flowers.1972 – FJW
George Stoddart came to stay at the Barton.
1964 – FJW
Mild and dry to date – not so advanced in flower as 1948.
All the Hamamelis species have flowered together.
1948 – CW
Rhodo’s praecox, barbatum, argenteum, moupinense, sutchuenense and its hybrids, some thomsonii x arboreum. About six Cam reticulata species opening. Also the Japonica hybrids very good. Unspoiled as a long mild spell. A few early wild daffodil. None in Tin Garden. Prunus pissardi and conradinae. Snowdrops, aconites and cyclamen for weeks, a few lapageria. Colour on Mag sargetiana and robusta, no others.
1933 – JCW
Rhodo’s open are Caucasicum, Praecox, Mucronulatum, Moupinense, Triflorum, Thomsonii x , Barbatum, Lutescens, Sutchuenense near sinogrande, Prunus conradinae – pissardi – p yunanense – p triflora. Snowdrops very good, no magnolias yet.
1901 – JCW
Cold has been on for sometime, a hard frost last night, nothing much moved since February 9th.
1899 – JCW
Rhodo praecox shows colour, snowdrops going back.