2023 – CHW
The camellia brought back from Hong Kong by Toots Williams is identified as Camellia nokoensis.
2022 – CHW
Fatsia polycarpa has been in bud for weeks but now suddenly full out and I have nearly missed it.
Steve has spotted Scarlet Elf Cup (Sarcosypha austriaca), a disc fungus found on dead wood, in Burncoose Garden. This is an attractive fungus which is widespread but occasional in the UK. It is a solitary fungus or found in small groups as here.
There used to be two rain gauges on the lawn here 30+ years ago. They were mounted on posts with clock face dials to record rainfall collected in the square tops which were copper and lead lined. As I remember it they never worked properly as house martin droppings would block the collecting ducts and the peacocks’ contributions, when sitting on the top of them, could be rather larger.
Edwina has been investigating buying a replacement modern rain gauge which could withstand public scrutiny and kids tampering on the lawn. It would be helpful for this diary to include the actual rainfall here.
This has proved a difficult task despite asking the Historic Houses Association for guidance. All that we can find online are small plastic tubes that could not withstand tinkering let along strong winds. The best we can come up with is a 2-3ft copper circular tube which the manufacturers say is ‘widely used in Africa for centuries’. You collect the water and then have to take a separate glass measuring jar to calibrate the rainfall. The jar cannot be left in the tube because of frost or, in our case, children/public so it all becomes quite a chore each day. The original rain gauges here at least calibrated themselves. The brass tube costs £460!
2020 – CHW
Heavy wetting drizzle. When will it every dry up?First couple of flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘Galaxie’ in the drizzle.
A fine sunny day just above freezing but warm weather follows next week. I am told by one of Cornwall’s vegetable growers that the long range forecast for May to July is for another drought.Magnolia sprengeri ‘Lamellyn’ on the drive has just a few flowers out. The small Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva’ on the drive has been blown open and severely damaged in the cold north winds.
Management meeting at Burncoose so time to have a look at some new plants in the nursery.The true Camellia ‘Desire’. We bought a batch of these last spring at the Trewithen nursery sale. Sadly they are not even faintly true to name.
Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ is full out as one would expect.
A check on which camellias are out from Top Lodge to Red Linney beside the drive which we have not yet viewed this year: Camellia ‘Desire’ – a better flower than we saw earlier
2016 – CHW
Shooting over and time for a proper trip around the garden without a rush but still the magnolias rush out!
Outside the back yard Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ has a pink flower or two right at the top of the tree. Another record and six to eight weeks early.
Above the Auklandii Garden the big Michelia doltsopa is now full out and quite a picture from afar. Ten to twelve weeks earlier than normal.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Brigadoon’ has one perfect flower on the main ride by the tree fern. This clump was cut down about two and a half or three years ago and has produced a new thicket of new growth with huge flowers.
One of the two polyspora is full out at the top with its fine white camellia like flowers.
Eucryphia ‘Pink Clouds’ still has two flowers out which are four months late of six months early depending on your point of view. Quite extraordinary.
One of the original (and rather poor) Magnolia campbellii (white ish) is full out by Tin Garden. This was the first magnolia to show in the garden last year and is a good six weeks ahead in this record early year.
The Rhododendron ‘Penvose’ that had recently blown over has now been pruned hard and reinterred in the ground. It should soon shoot again.
Nearby Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybling White’ is now full out and as near perfect as I have ever seen it. One good westerly blow and it will however all be over. It is better today, albeit on an overcast day, than I have ever seen it before.
The magnolia opposite the new clump of Rhododendron williamsianum is showing colour. It looks like a hybrid/seedling of Magnolia sargentiana robusta.
Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’ above the rireii opening is showing colour.
1992 – FJW
One day of rain in January – no snow but some frost.
1988 – FJW
Very very wet. Garden too far advanced – losses of ‘87 still being dealt with.
1934 – JCW
No Daffs a late year, Coums open. R praecox by the brown gate is remarkable. No pissardi. The same as 1924 for R moupinense. No Lent Lily.
1924 – JCW
The first Daff opening near four in hand. Heaths are nice. Moupinense is nearly over. Parvifolium is good yet.
1921 – JCW
Much as in 1915. We have just finished the big rookery clearing except for the planting of five evergreen oaks.
1916 – JCW
Coum but fair. Thomsonii x Arboreum in Old Park are very fine, nobleanum good, Rhod ‘n oleifolium very nice. E darleyenis and Praecox Rhodo’ of the very best, Barbatums fair + Camellia. Soleil d’or and Lent Lily open. P pissardi very nice indeed. Prunus cerasus conradinae going over.
1915 – JCW
Cyclamen coum are good. Some Lapagerias, some Camellias, one Lady Clare small, nobleanum very nice, R mucronulatum is going over, a few snowdrops and aconite.
1898 – JCW
One or two Caerhays trumpets open. Minimus nearly at its best, snowdrops quite white crocus partly open.