18th January

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CW 1940-1955

2021 – CHW

Heavy rain to come this week.

On a tour around a fine clump of narcissi on the hedge outside Rocky Close Farm in West Portholland.

narcissi
narcissi
Serious progress with the building works at The Hovel. Wall insulation now largely installed and the upstairs is starting to take shape.
The Hovel
The Hovel
The Hovel
The Hovel
The Hovel
The Hovel
Another look at Camellia x vernalis ‘Dawn’ as it comes into full flower at the top of the bush and the lower flowers start to drop.
Camellia x vernalis ‘Dawn’
Camellia x vernalis ‘Dawn’
Camellia x vernalis ‘Dawn’
Camellia x vernalis ‘Dawn’
The 124 year old Magnolia stellata will be out quite soon. A gnarled old tree against the castle wall.
Magnolia stellata
Magnolia stellata
Magnolia stellata
Magnolia stellata
This equally ancient Camellia x vernalis ‘Dawn’ was chopped down to reshoot. Very few flowers as a result but it looks very healthy and a tight rounded habit.
Camellia x vernalis ‘Dawn’
Camellia x vernalis ‘Dawn’
Camellia x vernalis ‘Dawn’
Camellia x vernalis ‘Dawn’

Last summer I suspected this was the only female of the four Cephalotaxus fortunei in Kennel Close. The flower buds are side on to the twigs as you can see.

Compare this to what I think is a male where the flower buds hangs down from the twigs. I may have this the wrong way around of course.

Cephalotaxus fortunei
Cephalotaxus fortunei
Cephalotaxus fortunei
Cephalotaxus fortunei
Cephalotaxus fortunei
Cephalotaxus fortunei
Cephalotaxus fortunei
Cephalotaxus fortunei
Picea likiangensis is developing into a good tree.
Picea likiangensis
Picea likiangensis
Picea likiangensis
Picea likiangensis
Picea likiangensis
Picea likiangensis
There are seven other species/varieties of bamboo in Kennel Close in addition to the five photographed a few days ago. Boring though it probably is to readers I wanted to make a proper photographic record of each. Some/most came from Stam’s Bamboo Nursery in Eire as did the other five. None of these seven are stocked by Burncoose but should be! Several very nice things here and all growing in the open in full sun ultimately to cut out under draft winds.
Phyllostachys nidularia – a vigorous spreading clump.
Phyllostachys nidularia
Phyllostachys nidularia
Phyllostachys nidularia
Phyllostachys nidularia
Phyllostachys nidularia
Phyllostachys nidularia
Phyllostachys glauca – a long spreading and vigorous clump.
Phyllostachys glauca
Phyllostachys glauca
Phyllostachys glauca
Phyllostachys glauca
Phyllostachys glauca
Phyllostachys glauca
Chiminobambusa trangui. ‘Shiroshima’ – attractive variegation in a taller growing bamboo. Quite a spreader too but only 4-5ft so far.
Chiminobambusa trangui. ‘Shiroshima’
Chiminobambusa trangui. ‘Shiroshima’
Chiminobambusa trangui. ‘Shiroshima’
Chiminobambusa trangui. ‘Shiroshima’
Chiminobambusa trangui. ‘Shiroshima’
Chiminobambusa trangui. ‘Shiroshima’
Chiminobambusa trangui. ‘Shiroshima’
Chiminobambusa trangui. ‘Shiroshima’
Phyllostachys propinqua – not a big spreader as yet.
Phyllostachys propinqua
Phyllostachys propinqua
Phyllostachys propinqua
Phyllostachys propinqua
Phyllostachys propinqua
Phyllostachys propinqua
Phyllostachys propinqua
Phyllostachys propinqua
Phyllostachys nuda – fairly vigorous spreader.
Phyllostachys nuda
Phyllostachys nuda
Phyllostachys nuda
Phyllostachys nuda
Phyllostachys nuda
Phyllostachys nuda
Phyllostachys nuda
Phyllostachys nuda
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Medurochiku’ – only slightly black stems as yet but they seem to be darkening.
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Medurochiku’
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Medurochiku’
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Medurochiku’
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Medurochiku’
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Medurochiku’
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Medurochiku’
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Medurochiku’
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Medurochiku’
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Medurochiku’
Phyllostachys nigra ‘Medurochiku’
Pleioblastus hindsii – the least vigorous and developed as yet of the seven.
Pleioblastus hindsii
Pleioblastus hindsii
Pleioblastus hindsii
Pleioblastus hindsii
Pleioblastus hindsii
Pleioblastus hindsii
Pleioblastus hindsii
Pleioblastus hindsii
Pleioblastus hindsii
Pleioblastus hindsii

2020 – CHW
More frost and sun.

Camellia ‘Mary Costa’ just starting by Georges Hut.

Camellia ‘Mary Costa’
Camellia ‘Mary Costa’
Camellia ‘Mary Costa’
Camellia ‘Mary Costa’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Celebration’ (the darker sport from ‘Donation’) also nicely out.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Celebration’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Celebration’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Celebration’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Celebration’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Charles Michael’ by Tin Garden full out.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Charles Michael’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Charles Michael’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Charles Michael’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Charles Michael’
‘King Alfred’ daffodils in Kennel Close. The first clump to flower here.
‘King Alfred’ daffodils
‘King Alfred’ daffodils
But Prunus ‘Kursar’ is only just showing colour.
Prunus ‘Kursar’
Prunus ‘Kursar’

2019 – CHW
Magnolia zenii now full out.
Magnolia zenii
Magnolia zenii

2018 – CHW
First flowers on Rhododendron barbatum. Very early as usual.And wonderful peeling bark too. When the peeling has finished it leaves a very smooth trunk as you can see. Greyish brown but a multitude of colours over the course of a year.
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
peeling bark
peeling bark
peeling bark
peeling bark
peeling bark
peeling bark
peeling bark
peeling bark
First flowers on Camellia grijsii but no scent yet. The stock plant at Burncoose is rather larger than this.
Camellia grijsii
Camellia grijsii
Camellia grijsii
Camellia grijsii
Camellia grijsii
Camellia grijsii

2017 – CHW
Lizzie is renovating the Ante Room. This includes adding steps onto the lawn which Jaimie and Michael have just installed. This will allow guests to move from the main hall onto the lawn and for Lizzie to enjoy sitting in the late evening sun! Previously we had used a rather tatty old ramp with plastic grass on big occasions. This is much better.
steps onto the lawn
steps onto the lawn

2016 – CHW
Another absurdity in full flower is Photinia davidiana ‘Red Robin’. I photographed another Photinia davidiana form in flower in the autumn. Photinias are not normally noted for their flower which is insignificant against the new growth in late spring.

Photinia davidiana ‘Red Robin’
Photinia davidiana ‘Red Robin’


1991 – FJW
Iraq War began – Rain returned after minor cold snap.1985 – FJW
24 hours of SNOW – cut off here. No post – Northerners here and powerless to leave.

1943 – CW
It has been a long wet mild spell, almost all Rhodo’s as 1928. Some Moupinense and Lutescens at their best, Hamamelis still good, also some Rho mucronulatum. Speciosa on wall open at the top wall. Hybrids some covered with flower. Cam reticulata species just showing pink buds, a few snowdrops, no sign of any daff colour.

1928 – JCW
Scabrifolium, lutescens, mucronulatum, strigillosum, baileyi. Blood red hybrid, Barbatum, moupinense, parvifolium, irroratum all show flowers and Keiskei and Keysii.

1924 – JCW
Two or three daffs open, R scabrifolium is nice, R venustum is the best Rhodo now, Hamamelis is going back. Blood red hybrid is opening. Camellia speciosa is quite nice.

1907 – JCW
But one daff shows colour, no Soleil D’or, P megasoefolia open but a moderate lot.

1903 – JCW
I have been away for a week and C too, he has found the first Minimus open, Coums at their best, two or three Aconites out, all these are late.

1901 – JCW
The first Soleil D’or open.