2023 – CHW
First flowers showing on Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Jobson’.
Everything sodden but little damage in the garden after yesterday’s deluge.The start of the laurel cutting on the way to Rookery Gate.
2021 – CHW
Frosty but clear. A little ice still on the lake but only on the periphery. The two swans have reappeared and taken back their territory. Their one cygnet sulks in a corner.
Still plenty of flowers out on the ancient Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ on the top wall.
With more time today I examine new things in and around the other greenhouses.Rhododendron nobleanum ‘Album’ bought from Millais in the autumn is just coming out. Pink in bud though! Tregothnan had this form on the main drive and Lord Falmouth often showed it over the years at autumn Garden Society dinners.
New things for us to plant out in the next two years:
Persea indica (BSWJ 12535) – another new and hopefully hardy species.
New things which are coming on for sale on the Burncoose website.
A nice batch of (I assume) seed grown Michelia maccleurei. Perhaps Asia has won the propagation battle here?
An even better batch of Berberidopsis beckleri cuttings.
Along the top wall today.Newly bought in magnolias from Belgium and all new varieties to us. They need another year’s growing on in these frames before planting out and have recently been potted on.
Jaimie has planted out five new Hedychium varieties along the top wall. Three are still in leaf today.Hedychium flavum (from the nursery)
2019 – CHW
Squirrels have been biting off camellia buds on one specific plant on the drive then dismembering them on the ground to get at the flowers and nectar/pollen therein. Fairly unusual but I guess one would seldom notice unless it was this obvious beside the tarmac. A few days ago I saw similar bud drop under a laurel which I wrongly assumed was wind damage.
Polyspora longicarpa (WWJ 11604) is now full out and looking very fine for the time of the year.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Beatrice Michael’ full out at Tin Garden but the flowers have been bruised by rain.
Camellia ‘Takanini’ (seen two to three weeks ago) is now full out in Kennel Close.
2016 – CHW
I had been meaning to see if any of the Michelia doltsopa were out following a prompt by Pam Hayward and the Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group website before Christmas. Now there are a few on the plant which gets the most wind to the north of Georges Hut. Normally out in March or April these few flowers have clearly blown open. Nevertheless they look fine but no scent although I did see some flies moving during my trip today.
A very stormy and wet winter – moors more a river waiting to go to sea than anything else. But Blandfords Garden had 3ft of snow. The weather keeps him going whatever time!1958 – FJW
A V early year, most of Saluenense Camellias out – Nobleanum good. Mucronulatum by Red Linny excellent. Sutchuenense Hybs above Mary Christian nearly over. Magnolias too far forward.
1925 – JCW
Clematis cirrhosa has a few flowers, a very few Coum, bits of Rho’do as in 1917. R mucronulatum is the best and then R venustum. H mollis is really the best thing, snowdrops showing since Christmas.
1920 – JCW
Just as the above but less of excepting for the Hamamelis which is better. Cotoneaster salicifolia is nice and Bob’s heath is opening.
1917 – JCW
Some C Coums open, Hamamelis mollis very good, bits of R Lutescens, dahuricum mucronulatum, Thomsonii, nobleanum, Venustum and Racemosum section, Thomsonii x Arboreum are starting. The Engine House Camellia 1 flower out.
1915 – JCW
Coum is fair, some nice blood red Arboreums on the Beech Walk side, R mucronulatum is nice, snowdrops show, some Lapagerias left, a few C sasanqua, one or two trade Camellia including the early white near the Engine House which has been out a month.
1914 – JCW
Some Clematis fasciculiflora open, nice lot of Coum, Cirrhosa very good, not much else.
1900 – JCW
Some Aconite up.
1899 – JCW
Victoria breaking ground.