2022 – CHW
Starting the planting of the 15 new magnolias from Germany and the 25 to 30 new (to us) worldwide species of Crataegus in the drizzle in Kennel Close where the leylandii were felled. Jaimie, Michael, Tim and Jack.
Daphne bholua ‘Mary Rose’, the finest of all the bholuas perhaps, and definitely my favourite, has finally opened up in the two pots outside the front door. Unlike other named forms which are now nearly over ‘Mary Rose’ has been in bud but showing colour for weeks.
A magnolia which often gets frosted is this campbellii seedling on Bond Street surrounded by Camellia ‘JC Williams’. A good dark colour showing up well today.
The glorious weather continues. We are a month earlier magnolia wise than I can ever remember. Magnolia ‘Theodora’ just coming out here.
2018 – CHW
The last ever consignment of Glendoick nurseries bare root rhodos has arrived and are now lined out in Rookery Nursery for growing on. How many will die before they eventually get planted out? Glendoick are stopping mail order or growing in open ground as opposed to pots so visiting their Scottish garden centre is the only option now for rare rhodo species.
Jaimie has just provided pictures of the dare devil tree surgeon operating last week on the half blown down abies at Donkey Shoe. Rather him than me! I once tried tree climbing under instruction as a student at Alice Holt. My very long hair then got caught up in one of my very poorly executed knots and I had to be rescued from agony by the instructor. Never again and that was 40 years ago.
Blink or sit in meetings for a day or two and you can quickly miss what is best in the garden. A westerly gale turns a magnolia from being perfectly out to over in a matter of hours.The true Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ has 11 flowers on it this year on the bank opposite the Georgian Hall. Only the third time it has flowered since planting in 1955 but the soil is poor and its positioning on a hot bank is not ideal. Still this is its best showing so far. A good colour which I should have captured here in the blog six days ago.
Off to see the Exeter Chiefs play Bath today as VIP guests of Tony Rowe, the CEO/owner. It may be a rather liquid day.Just time for a few pictures. Seldom do you see the aucuba so well berried at this stage in the year at Red Linney. Clearly the pheasants do not like these berries.
Fist common garlic with a flower out. Clearly an all time record as well.
Above the Hovel is a plant which has pride of place by the pond at Burncoose but I had forgotten we had snuck one in here too.Ribes ‘White Icicle’ is perhaps the nicest of these foul smelling plants. There is an old clump of Ribes praecox in the top of the Rookery but otherwise we are ‘ribes free’! One might argue this one is late by ribes standards and I think we should get some more for dark shady areas on the drive.
2005 – FJW
4th night of frost and pond ⅓ frozen over.1997 – FJW
First Magnolia flower out.1993 – FJW
Very dry February – but also very warm. Magnolias well out until night of 28th/ March 1st. Cold frost.1988 – FJW
Richard John W came to lunch for the first time.1962 – FJW
Woke up to find heavy fall of snow.1961 – FJW
R.H.S stand – pink crino hedge, Robusta, John Pickthorn and Caerhays Pink showed up best. Giganteum, Mallotum, Thomsonii did not show well. Philip did a 1st class job.
1931 – JCW
The Stewartianums came out well in whites, creamy whites, creamy whites and pink kind and one or two of a better yellow than Campylocarpum. Argenteums open, Glandulosum shows colour. C speciosa remains very nice indeed, a few daffs opening.1927 – JCW
The first Argenteum buds are open perhaps there are not a dozen on the place. The Corylopsis near the frames are opening, also Armanthus delavayi. Bob’s heath is good.1925 – JCW
Sutchuenense x continue good. Berberis fascicularus very good, Barbatum nice, and so Irroratum and Arboreums but frost on those low down.. Erica hybrida very good since hols.1924 – JCW
A late year, Scarlet hybrids are mostly cut out by frost or very short of flower bud. Lutescens and Barbatum have used as best in cold bad weather. Only a few hybrid daffs are open.1921 – JCW
Scarlet hybrids have passed their best. Mrs Butler x coming on and a few Auk x Blood Red. Erica darleyense remains fine and so the other heaths, Argenteums have been splendid.1907 – JCW
Scarcely anything of ‘05 is within sight of coming, a late cold year.1905 – JCW
Much as above (‘03) excepting King A, picked a coloured incomp from Fire Grand x Max. Rhodo praecox very good, many double daffs open, but no Maximus yet.1903 – JCW
King Alfred shows colour, a great number of seedlings open, no good ones except from Cyclamineus, Ciliatum opening and most of the early trumpets, several Camellias.1901 – JCW
Several doubles, an odd Caerhays, one Maximus just opening, some days later than any year since 1897.