2023 – CHW
The pace of magnolia flowering has speeded up in this mild and warm week.
60 tonnes of new gravel laid at the front of the castle with Arthur and a tractor. Many years since we last did this. Not ideal for wheel chairs but good for security as you can hear cars coming more easily.
2022 – CHW
A video proving that Storm Eunice has left our magnolias largely totally unscarred even in the teeth of the wind which most of the garden was not. A few more pictures here to prove the point.
Work proceeds in the Kitchen Garden but now stalled by wet weather.
Various piles of plants in the back yard selected to go to different areas of the garden. I guess we are about halfway through this year’s planting programme but the nursery/field grown rhododendrons will add a couple more days to the two to three days it will still take to get this lot sorted next week or the week after. In Lockdown 3 we are well ahead of a normal season’s planting in March.
Storm Dennis or Ciara have caused a significant landslide or rock fall at Porthluney Beach. It does not seem that this has undermined the coastal path or the fence along the cliff line but this will need checking properly especially if a tractor were to drive too near to the edge.
A Magnolia sargentiana var. robusta seedling which is a bit at variance to the true robusta flower but still quite good.
Then a magnolia from the same seed crop as the named Magnolia ‘F J Williams’ in the Auklandii Garden. Only the flowers on the lowest branches have opened on their own and not been blown open prematurely. These are quite decent and nearly true to the original named sister seedling. The rest are miles away this year as you can see.
Magnolia sargentiana robusta x sprengeri ‘Diva’ is just coming out high up.
2019 – CHW
Camellia ‘Mona Jury’ is a must have for any serious camellia gardener. A New Zealand cross between a Camellia x williamsii seedling and Camellia japonica ‘Betty Shenfield’. An open and slightly spreading habit.
2018 – CHW
A day in the garden planning new planting places. Sadly too wet to get started today.
Rhododendron rireii (Tom Hudson collection) is full out and very fine today in the sun.
A visit from Raf and his Belgian mentor with lots of very rare plants in exchange for magnolia scions of our newer varieties. Raf has just started a new nursery in Belgium propagating very rare plants which Burncoose will of course purchase when and if he gets his act together.The yellow form of Magnolia campbellii alba is out above the Auklandii. Only a few flowers this year but they really are quite yellow as the buds start to open. Raf tells me that Mount Congreve gardens, from where this originated, have given it a name but I cannot remember what it was.
This is the list of the very rare and mainly grafted plants which Raf brought for us:Magnolia floribunda ex Kunming (PB)
Magnolia floribunda var tonkinensis (BKR 20100845)
Magnolia floribunda ‘Furry Uok’
Magnolia maudiae (hardy -20)
Pterocarya macrocarpa var insignis
Pterocarya rhederiana ‘Fern Leaf’
2016 – CHW
George Williams and friends arrive for a flying visit. George is keen to discuss his PlantSnapp business which is growing like topsy since initiation 18 months ago (www.plantsnapp.com). It is a simple plant identification app with potential to do far more. As penance for a Sunday meeting I drag them reluctantly around the garden to see the magnolias. Many more are emerging into flower daily.
Today we find: Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ with three or four flowers out
1998 – FJW
Return from Bath. All Campbellii proper are out. Also Mollicomata x nearest Auklandii Garden on drive. Tin Garden Diva flowers dark and poor size. No flower on Mag Bishop Peter.
1947 – CW
Returned in second snow storm, came out in farm trailer behind lorry. About 8” on lawn. Church Hill blocked. Michelias bad, very little broken by snow except big Camellia.
1943 – CW
One Magnolia sargentiana 1/3 flowers out, one Mag mollicomata has flowers now, Mag salicifolia in 40 Acres almost at its best. Magnolia denudata showing colour. Blood Reds in 40 Acres very fine. Daffs very forward and perhaps ⅓ out. Rhodo sutchuenense at its best, one Camellia reticulata flower open and several of the species Reticulata.
1941 – CW
There has been more frost and snow. Few Camellias cut this time but species Reticulata slightly browned – Blood Red X not so. Rhodo sutchuenense hybrids good. About a dozen daff seedlings out, half with colour.
1934 – JCW
A late season without much frost, a good many Camellias show flower so far.
1933 – JCW
A fair lot of daffs open and have cropped some, also (flowering) is Forrest’s big Camellia by the gun room door, with a big single white lower rookery.
1917 – JCW
No sign of a daff bud. Only Rhodo mucronulatum and moupinense of the Rhodo’s.
1916 – FJW
As against 1897 the earliest recorded year, the hard wood things are further on and the daffs are just as far on.
1904 – JCW
Tenby, Caerhays,H Irving just out, Maximus shows colour, Cyclamineus x showing colour, Rho praecox good, Ericas good, Rho barbatum and Carlyons Arboreum colour. Narcissus minor open, Anenome blanda open, Soleil d’Or good, snowdrops at their best.
1897 – JCW
Some Reticulata open, nearly all Caerhays open, one or two Pipardi, several Maximus, one citrinus.