7th February

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2021 – CHW

A cold east wind is coming and possibly snow even for us in the next few days. A walk through Old Park, then Brownberry Wood and Bond Street.

Gunnera manicata and snowdrops below the old hunt kennels in a bog. They have thrived here for generations despite frequent inundations.

Gunnera manicata and snowdrops
Gunnera manicata and snowdrops
Early signs of leaves shooting on the Gunnera in today’s sun.
Gunnera
Gunnera
Gunnera
Gunnera
At this time of the year Gunnera rhizomes can easily be extracted from the ground as the old roots die off. This huge rhizome could readily be lifted and chopped up to make more plants from sections of the rhizome.
Gunnera rhizomes
Gunnera rhizomes
This is the bank where the new additional collection of bought in bamboo species will be planted before long.
bank
bank
This is Pseudosasa japonica. A re-establishing and developing clump after the huge bank of it here in Old Park flowered and died 30 or so years ago.
Pseudosasa japonica
Pseudosasa japonica
Pseudosasa japonica
Pseudosasa japonica
Pseudosasa japonica
Pseudosasa japonica
Pseudosasa japonica
Pseudosasa japonica
Corylus avellana catkins in the sun. Quite a few catkins were seen even in December but they got frosted or blown away then.
Corylus avellana
Corylus avellana
Corylus avellana
Corylus avellana
Bluebells sprouting out of the ground in early February! Earlier and earlier.
Bluebells
Bluebells
Old Park in the sun. A few camellias just showing.
Old Park
Old Park
Old Park
Old Park
The two sluice gates were overrun by the floods last week.
sluice gates
sluice gates
sluice gates
sluice gates
This track was under water as were the whole of these water meadows.
track
track
track
track
Prunus laurocerasus about to come out into flower.
Prunus laurocerasus
Prunus laurocerasus
A huge clump of Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’ on Bond Street.
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Still red crab apples in profusion on one of the three different malus on Bond Street. This is the smallest and bottom one of the three (see earlier attempts at naming the three of them).
crab apples
crab apples
Mahonia (then) ‘species nova’ given to us by Roy Lancaster and planted below the dump on Bond Street in 2008 (two plants). I must ask Roy to identify it and send him these pictures. In too much shade today, unfortunately, for it to do well but, after last summer’s tree trimming, it now has more light than it did.
Mahonia (then) ‘species nova’
Mahonia (then) ‘species nova’
Mahonia (then) ‘species nova’
Mahonia (then) ‘species nova’
Mahonia (then) ‘species nova’
Mahonia (then) ‘species nova’
Mahonia (then) ‘species nova’
Mahonia (then) ‘species nova’
The typical branch/trunk formation on Magnolia dawsoniana.
Magnolia dawsoniana
Magnolia dawsoniana
Daphne bholua ‘Mary Rose’ is just coming out in a pot. At Tregullow last week they had a 6-8ft tall multi stemmed one full out in a huge pot by their back door. Amazingly good and the Burncoose label still there for all to see! I did not have the camera to hand.
Daphne bholua ‘Mary Rose’
Daphne bholua ‘Mary Rose’

2020 – CHW
First colour on the 1913 record (height) tree of Magnolia campbellii. Just a few flowers at the very top of the tree. 120ft or so.

Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii
First flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘Brigadoon’ on the Main Ride.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Brigadoon’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Brigadoon’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Brigadoon’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Brigadoon’
The insipid coloured Magnolia campbellii by Tin Garden is now nearly full out in the sun.
Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii
This Daphniphyllum macropodum is dying as you can see from the base of the trunk. One side of the tree is dead and the other side seeded furiously last autumn in anticipation of its demise. You can see the red seed stems. A lecturer at the University of York contacted us wanting large samples of bark and foliage to test for unusual and potentially useful chemicals found in this genus. He has £1.2m of funding so it sounds serious! I will send him these photographs and see where we go from here.
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Still lots of ripe fruit hanging on the branches of Styrax serrulatus near the Daphniphyllum.
Styrax serrulatus
Styrax serrulatus
Styrax serrulatus
Styrax serrulatus
Rhododendron ‘Ostara’ just coming out.
Rhododendron ‘Ostara’
Rhododendron ‘Ostara’
No colour on any of the three magnolia species in the Ririei Opening as yet. Just a hint of colour on the magnolia through the arch beyond ‘Caerhays Belle’.

2019 – CHW
First flower out on Magnolia ‘F J Williams’ on a drizzly afternoon in the Auklandii Garden.
Magnolia ‘F J Williams’
Magnolia ‘F J Williams’
Plenty of flowers now out on the original Magnolia campbellii. Spring has nearly broken here.
Magnolia campbellii
Magnolia campbellii
x Raphiobotrya ‘Coppertone’ has flowers nearly out. First time of flowering here.
x Raphiobotrya ‘Coppertone’
x Raphiobotrya ‘Coppertone’
The Michelia doltsopa buds are swelling nicely by Georges Hut but still not showing colour – thankfully!
Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa

2018 – CHW

What Trevor Green from Yorkshire calls ‘hogwart’ in flower already. Normally full out late April or May. Astonishingly early.

‘hogwart’
‘hogwart’
‘hogwart’
‘hogwart’
Not to be outdone for un-seasonality here is some ‘cow parsley’ with flowers just going over and seed setting on the other side of the road below the church and opposite the ‘hogwart’.
‘cow parsley’
‘cow parsley’
‘cow parsley’
‘cow parsley’
Gorse full out everywhere too.
I may well have my common names for weeds muddled and am happy to be corrected! In childhood ‘cow parsley’ was something similar but different I seem to remember.

2017 – CHW
Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ has a bit of colour only on the very top of the tree. Surprising that the wind has not yet blown it out more. Usually this is one of the first out.
Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’
Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’
On the way back I see Magnolia ‘Todds Fortyniner’ is out as well but I am out of camera battery. This was easily the first (pre Christmas) magnolia to be showing colour last year.

2016 – CHW
More gales coming but not too bad in the morning.Another unnamed seedling magnolia by the Rhododendron williamsianum clump is very good. It is now out properly and the third time this year I have photographed this.

unnamed seedling magnolia
unnamed seedling magnolia
unnamed seedling magnolia
unnamed seedling magnolia
unnamed seedling magnolia
unnamed seedling magnolia

Magnolia ‘Pristine’ has three buds with colour beside it.

Magnolia ‘Pristine’
Magnolia ‘Pristine’

Magnolia ‘Cecil Nice’ has the first few flowers out at Donkey Shoe.

Magnolia ‘Cecil Nice’
Magnolia ‘Cecil Nice’
Magnolia ‘Cecil Nice’
Magnolia ‘Cecil Nice’

Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ – the New Zealander form – is the best thing in the garden today. I had thought the buds were hail damaged but was wrong.

Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ – the New Zealander form
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ – the New Zealander form
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ – the New Zealander form
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ – the New Zealander form

Storm damage on the Pinus insignis at Donkey Shoe needs clearing on a quiet day before we open.

Storm damage
Storm damage

It has narrowly missed Rhododendron veitchianum Group which has absurdly early flowers. Previously Rhododendron cubittii I suspect.

Rhododendron veitchianum Group
Rhododendron veitchianum Group
Rhododendron veitchianum Group
Rhododendron veitchianum Group

Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ is full out but starting to shed petals (tepals). A lighter colour than usual as I have said before.

Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’
Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’

Magnolia ‘Ians Red’, one of Ian Baldick’s New Zealand hybrids, has a few flowers blown open at least two and a half months early. A dark colour though.

Magnolia ‘Ians Red’
Magnolia ‘Ians Red’

Magnolia ‘Suzanna van Veen’ is out well before ‘Caerhays Belle’ which is the same cross made in New Zealand.

Magnolia ‘Suzanna van Veen’
Magnolia ‘Suzanna van Veen’
Magnolia ‘Suzanna van Veen’
Magnolia ‘Suzanna van Veen’
Magnolia sargentiana robusta (or so it is catalogued) above Crinodendron Hedge is actually full out (so I was wrong again but it is the only one out or even showing colour of a dozen mature plants – actually the flower shape is more campbellii x mollicomata than sargentiana robusta).

Just below it another pale Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling is half out at the top. Quite nice but nowhere near the true colour.

Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling
Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling

Rhododendron delavayi is almost over above the Big Quarry. This has been visible for weeks from the Bottom Lodge.

Rhododendron delavayi
Rhododendron delavayi
Rhododendron delavayi
Rhododendron delavayi

Then a surprise! Nigel Holman’s Magnolia ‘Hawk’ on Burns Bank has lots of buds and flower on a small plant. It looks very much like a sprengeri diva seedling to me? I need to look up the parentage.

Magnolia ‘Hawk’
Magnolia ‘Hawk’
Magnolia ‘Hawk’
Magnolia ‘Hawk’

Another Magnolia ‘Shirraz’ above the Playhouse. Also very dark with only a few flowers at the very top of the tree.

Magnolia ‘Shirraz’
Magnolia ‘Shirraz’

Another unnamed seedling from the ‘Caerhays Belle’ seed batch. Smaller flowers but a bit darker pink perhaps. Nice but not worth a name as has always been known.

unnamed seedling from the ‘Caerhays Belle’ seed batch
unnamed seedling from the ‘Caerhays Belle’ seed batch

Snowdrops nearly over outside the front gate.

Snowdrops
Snowdrops

Bluebells (Spanish) even nearer to having a February flower!

Bluebells (Spanish)
Bluebells (Spanish)

2004 – FJW
Early daffs onto the front gate well out – snowdrops at their best.1981 – FJW
Miss Florence Williams (7 ½ months) came to lunch and sat at table.

1968 – FJW
Very wet spell. Thermometer moving in a giddy way. No colour on Magnolias – many things flowering too early.

1959 – FJW
Camellias at their best, snow returned. Magnolias too far on in bud. Flowers still show on M grandiflora by playhouse.

1944 – CW
Mag campbelli showing colour. About 2 dozen different hybrids out in Tin Garden. Best Rho ririei perfect. Camellia Lady Clare and Adolphe Audusson out.

1943 – CW
About a dozen buds on Mag grandiflora, Campbelli several buds, one Sargentianum bud shows colour. At least 15 Sutuenense hybrids in Old Park well out. Grande out and several more species.

1942 – CW
Bad frosts.

1941 – CW
First daff with colour open in Tin Garden. Cam reticulata species out, also hybrids and Lady Clare. Several Blood Red x Rhododendron arboreum – also Moupinense very good. Heath darleyensis v g.

1897 – JCW
Minor out in full flower, also Tenby at Tregony with Iris reticulata.

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