2023 – CHW
First flower out on Camellia japonica ‘Dr Burnside’.
2022 – CHW
The Magnolia campbellii seedling through the arch suddenly has a few flowers today after a breezy night.
Surprise, surprise – still rain. About a fortnight of rain.Camellia ‘Lady Clare’ and Camellia ‘Noblissima’ somewhat unusually both out together by the front door.
A trip to look at some early flowering williamsii hybrids to prepare for the article which I am writing for the RCMG yearbook:Camellia x williamsii ‘Inspiration’ is not a Caerhays hybrid and was only just coming out.
The Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling above the top wall is out in the sun after a wet night. A good colour and so far undamaged.
Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’ with the first outer coating over the flowers shedding nicely as the buds swell. No damage yet.
A trip to Burncoose to meet George Eustice MP and Minister of Agriculture in response to my complaint last June about the appalling performance of his department with our HLS/BPS claims.Just time for a quick garden trip to see what is out today before rushing back for the England vs France rugby:The Rhododendron barbatum clump is looking good by the Lodge. Needs a prune off the drive.
2016 – CHW
The true Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ planted in 1955 and now flowering for only the third time (this time properly) is out. Slightly paler than I would expect due to it being out two months early and slightly windblown to boot.
Camellia ‘Salutation’ has a couple of flowers out on the castle wall. A Camellia reticulata x Camellia saluenensis hybrid bred at Borde Hill and given an award in 1936. Very new and good then and hence its place with the old original camellias. Camellia ‘Inspiration’ (same cross) which used to grow beside the side door until it grew too big used also to be known as ‘Delia Williams’ but was never registered as such in the 1950s. This one was a Trewithen cross I believe?
Bishop Peter shows colour.2002 – FJW
A week of storms and heavy rain – though North and central parts of British Isles affected worse than us. Beach defences badly hit.
Williamsii at peak or past their best. Winter Intruder very good.
No Magnolia flowers yet showing but wild weather not for garden enjoyment.1994 – FJW
First flower on Magnolia (Bishop Peter). Williamsii are first class.1963 – FJW
Third fall of snow for winter – heavy thaw – 3 Nov pink for hedge ‘well’ – heather only other flower.
1934 – JCW
Plenty of Rhodo’n buds. R lutescens and R moupinense give a lot of bloom in spite of the frost. No ordinary daffodil shows well and none in the Tin Garden. Camellias of several sorts.
1932 – JCW
Much as in 25, but the small number of Rhodo’n buds makes the wood a bit dull. The American Azaleas came seven of them and Magnolia fraseri. Lutescens 1/6th open.
1925 – JCW
Quite an early year for some things. Our first coloured daffodil is three weeks earlier than last years. R zaleucum shows flower and other things as in 1918.
1924 – JCW
Just about 1918 but Erica hybrida is not quite open. 17 species show some flower.
1918 – JCW
No Soleil d’or as yet. R moupinense is at its best and R lutescens is good and so is nobleanum, the blood red hybrids and Barbatum are starting, and also Sutchuenense. Erica hybrida is splendid.
1916 – JCW
Soleil d’or (odd flowers) has been open for ten days, R mucronulatum has been over for a fortnight, Rhodo praecox is the best thing.
1915 – JCW
The first Soleil d’or open very late, Erica hybrida is very good.
1914 – JCW
Very few roses, C coum good, Clematis cirrhosa good, a few Camellias open, R mucronulatum good, R lutescens starting, some few buds show colour on Thomsonii x Arboreum. Heaths are nice.
1909 – JCW
There are good roses to be seen now. Ericas and Coums are the best things, some Cyclamineus open, Maximus open and a little colour.
1906 – JCW
Picked a seedling in comp in the Tin Garden off Artemis x Porto.
1899 – JCW
Chionodoxa shows colour, picked a seedling at the Reservoir to open inside. Snowdrops at their best, no sign of Weardale, Jacko or Beacon, many Camellias open.