2021 – CHW
Visited Thompson’s garden centre which had undergone a lockdown makeover. New wooden fencing around the site and brand-new display beds. Incredibly well laid out to sell and I therefore managed 67 ‘this grows nicely with this’ pictures for the website in two hours there. Sadly few customers and far too many staff chatting. Toilets and tearooms still firmly shut. Very fully stocked in all departments except no trees of any sort. Well grown plants, well maintained and a showpiece of how to do it.
Along the way I spotted a few new things which would be welcome additions to next year’s catalogue. I need to convey them to Clare.
Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’
So today the quest to look at the rest of our new Philadelphus species collection. Not much luck compared to yesterday as it turns out.The three Philadelphus pekinensis in Tin Garden are going great guns but no flower yet. Perhaps too much shade. 2019 planted.
I cannot find Philadelphus affinis which arrived in 2016.
Still to be planted out which I cannot find in the greenhouse area are Philadelphus palmeri, Philadelphus madrensis and Philadelphus karw(?). These only arrived last summer and I must ask Asia where they are?
Twelve new species in all (and about the same number of Deutzia species). An exciting overall addition to the garden.
The one I saw in John Marston’s garden video to get is Philadelphus microphyllus.
The odd white flowered weed with very prickly seed heads last autumn outside the Schoolroom window was Datura stamonium (thorn-apple). It is a very rare agricultural weed introduced from America in the 16th century. My guess is it actually grew from the bird seed on the bird table which was here until my mother died eight years ago. In the ‘Flora of Cornwall’ it was first recorded in 1832 and only 25 sightings in Cornwall since 1999 and none on the map as anywhere near Caerhays.Calystegia soldanella (Sea Bindweed) which we saw last week was first recorded in Cornwall in 1670 and there have been only 90 recorded sightings since 1999 – one at Porthluney (now two!).
I have also recently photographed Silene latifolia (white campion) by the Playhouse. There have only been 148 sightings of this in Cornwall before 1999. First recorded 1831.
So a virgin botanist goes to Tubbs Mill Quarry. This is used by the council to store road chippings so there is much disturbment but also many seedlings of wild native plants on the periphery of the stone piles.
2019 – CHW
I have not often seen this very vigorous but supposedly annual climber before. Cobaea scandens here is well up to the rafters in height and clearly not an annual after the last mild winter. The flowers appear irregularly and are followed by large white seed pods. The owners of this garden outside Seaview treat Cobaea as an annual which will be killed by frost and keep seeds back every year just in case. This is definitely a plant which the nursery ought to be offering.
Off to the Isle of Wight shortly in the continuing heatwave.Deer nibbling on a young magnolia on the drive. Just the leaves by the look of it.
The 2018 Burncoose catalogue first proof is done after seven to eight days’ work. VIP moment! This is the 35th year I have completed this tedious and time consuming job.The clearance work above the top wall continues apace. Time for a good fire now I suggest. One man (Ross Collins) and one machine only with all the skills in felling, grubbing stumps and clearing while piling up the useable timer. A serious professional.
The Magnolia Society International have registered five more of the Caerhays bred magnolias and listed these in Volume 51 of their journal. This will make it easier to propagate and market these excellent plants to the public via Burncoose. They have yet to register ‘Tropicana’ or ‘Mr Julian’ which will hopefully come later.
On holiday, having a few days off.
End of remarkable hay harvest – 3000 bales brought in in a fortnight – Terrace Garden still late – Top Lodge Camellias still have flowers.
1926 – JCW
Had ¾ in about 2 ½ days. American Pillar and R coulteri very good indeed. Picked the first Auriculatum hybrid two days ago. Harrow hybrids would be fine but the heat ruins them.
1923 – JCW
R coulteri has had a few flowers only. Brunonis and Mitraria are nice. The Plagianthus are but just opening.
1919 – JCW
R coulteri has hardly started. Brunonis is fair but not good. This years roses bad.
1918 – JCW
Romney Coulteri is nice. R Brunonis has been and is splendid. Rose beds are fair. Daffodils sown in the open for the first time for 25 years. We have no pans to share. Very long spell of dry weather. Caucasicum red buds burst.