2023 – CHW
A visit to Belvoir Castle to place out 250 rare and unusual trees from Burncoose in the parkland and woodland gardens.
An ancient tractor and Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ in the newly developed Engine House Yard.
2022 – CHW
To Forty Acres and Penvergate. Magnolia campbellii ‘Sidbury’ now completely over.
A young Magnolia ‘Theodora’ in Penvergate with its first flowers.
The new laundry sorting building is taking shape in the farmyard remarkably quickly. The concrete base is all in and skimmed and the roof will be here by next week we hope.
A Forestry Commission inspection of sweet chestnuts yesterday which meant visits to Old Park and Forty Acres which enabled us to see the young and older magnolias which were out there. We do not have any of the new sweet chestnut disease but a few older sweet chestnuts may have minor Phytophthora ramorum infection in basal water shoots which could easily be removed. So much for expensive aerial surveys when the reality on the ground is rather different. Derricks Wood has some 25 year old chestnuts and these were found to be fine despite what the photography had suggested.Magnolias in Old Park from the top path are absolutely perfect today.A good old Magnolia campbellii which now shows up well after clearance of the wood some six years ago.
Starting to sort out the planting out for various areas from the greenhouse. Only time for the Rookery and the start of Old Park today. Four to five days will be needed this year as there are literally hundreds of plants to go out.In the sunlight the reddish indumentum on the back of the young leaves on named Magnolia grandiflora varieties looks fantastic.
A Burncoose day full of three separate meetings.Very few magnolias out yet at Burncoose. Just the one in the magnolia avenue above the Camellia ‘Donation’ hedge at the nursery entrance.
Camellia ‘L T Dees’
A visit from old friends who used to garden at Sudbury. A pleasant tour of the garden before we were driven home by the rain.Magnolia ‘F J Williams’ is just out in the Auklandii Garden.
The water meadows and lake are totally flooded for the second time this year. The lake a dark silty brown where the river has flowed in as it is not supposed to do. North east wind but mild and the magnolias have not taken it too badly.Above the Hovel in a good place is a 20 to 25 year old magnolia which is merely labelled as an ‘unknown seedling’. It is a nice thing and has improved from last year when it had only a few flowers. A hint of a Magnolia campbellii shape but much larger and darker than the nearby Magnolia campbellii ‘Lamellyn Pink’ which is still out after a month or so. Is it worth a name? Perhaps but we will have to see how much it fades and flops in the next couple of weeks.
2015 – CHW
2001 – FJW
Foot and Mouth scare brings countryside to a frightened halt. C.H.W came to replant the island and then the big piece over the watermeadows. On looking back to 1911, I see little sign of Clematis chrysoma. After dry, now wet again.
1949 – CW
(Handwritten note attached to Garden Book page)
There are still white buds on Magnolia grandiflora and two Lapagerias quite perfect.
Magnolia campbelli at its best, several open flowers on one Mollicomata and 2 Robusta as well as Diva and one flower out on Dauroniana. Some on one Salicifolia. Several Prunus out.
Rho argenteum at its best and Rookery Blood Red Arboreum also many Sutchuenense. Some Lutescens good, also Ririei, Hookeri and others. Even one bit of Augustinii.
Mrs Butlers and Blood Reds good, some Crossbill well out. Golden Oriole coming out and a lot of others. Auklandii x Blood Red showing colour.
We have been marketing Pieris 2 weeks and are beginning corylopsis tomorrow.
Camellia reticulata species at their best especially the English seedlings that are earlier as rule than the Chinese. A lot of Daffodils out and about six different white trumpets etc but the few bought ones weeks behind own.
Camellia saluenensis and hybrids well past their best. A very early season.
1932 – JCW
Stewartianums are moving. Camellia speciosa has been very good.
1927 – JCW
No Tin Garden daffs opening excepting Cyclamineus x . Lady Clare open for a week 1 flower. C speciosa is very good, some Cuspidata opening. Japonica in Old Park very nice, never so big in the flower before. E darleyense well out but not so good as in some years. Sutchuenense x would be the best Rhodo’ but no flowers this year. Lutescens is the best.
1915 – JCW
Very few daffs open, it has been very wet since Christmas but not cold, yet the ground was too cold to let them grow. Erica hybrida is very beautiful.
1906 – JCW
C reticulata shows colour. Narcissi cernuus open and maximus shows colour.
1900 – JCW
Many Narcissi maximus, a large batch of transplanted H Irving, several Caerhays, a large lot of my own seedling trumpets.
1899 – JCW
Prunus triloba first flower, many cernuus, the Carlyon Arboreum open, most f the Rho praecox, Dauntlep well out and all the Maximus.
1897 – JCW
First waterlily leaf up in the big pond, crocus all over, first colour of grap tulips.