2023 – CHW
Well in to the first proof of the 2024 Burncoose catalogue celebrating 40 years since the business started.
Rhododendron ‘Tally Ho’ splendid on the Drive today.
2022 – CHW
The first day of the Jubilee bank holiday weekend and the weather is set fine. The Trooping the Colour and the flypast over the Queen and the palace was as good as it can be!
Tom Hudson has responded to my short article on Rhodoleia aff. parvipetala written for the Cornwall Garden Society yearbook in 2023 which I had asked him to peer review. This plant flowered here spectacularly for the first time last spring and came from a wild collection in Vietnam by Sue and Bleddyn Wynn-Jones of Crûg Farm.
Here are Tom’s comments and a picture of leaves from his four plants together with pictures of his (supposed) Rhodoleia henryi. It looks identical to our plant of aff. parvipetala as he readily admits!
Sent: 25 May 2022 18:54
To: Charles Williams
Subject: Rhodoleia spp.
Thanks for your note regarding the Rhodoleia flowering.
As usual this genus is a completely mixed up mess taxonomically and the Flora of China key isn’t particularly useful.
No images to speak of online and I’m a little wary of the Crug aff parvipetala moniker.
I have attached an image of the 4 different leaf types that are growing here, a mixture from Southern China and Nth Vietnam.
Unfortunately the only species to regularly flower here is Rhodoleia henryi which is the right hand leaf.
The left hand leaf is Rhodoleia championii from China which even though is about 20 or more years old hasn’t flowered yet.
The other 2 leaves in the centre are from separate collections and haven’t flowered either but are noticeably different.
Having looked at some of the Crug collections there doesn’t seem to be any consistent key characters that delineate parvipetala and henryi.
I’m thinking that these two species may be merged in due course.
I’m going to have to play the waiting game here to get more flowers on these other 2 species at least before putting head above parapet…..
Anyway your images look great and you have a lovely addition in the woodland.
Its hard for me to construct much comment on your article when the situation is still so much up in the air.
Let another game commence…….
All the best,
2021 – CHW
Preparing for Rick Stein’s filming this afternoon and identifying what is best in the garden to film.
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Wallaby’
Rhododendron ‘Lem’s Monarch’Rhododendron excellens and Rhododendron williamsianumMagnolia sieboldiiIf we had not all been well prepared it would have taken much longer. Rick has been commissioned to host the making of 15 separate programmes over 45 days filming. As he said, little time for his other businesses.
A trip to look at the very late flowering deciduous azaleas by the Trevanion Holly. I have more or less identified these in previous years as a separate set of American bred hybrids. No names sadly but they are very different in texture/colour and flowering time to all the others on the drive.Along the way I find Deutzia ningpoensis (chunii) which we need pictures for on the website. Very pretty as it comes out.
A large group of Belgian and French horticulturalists and gardeners. A four hour trip around which was enjoyed by all. Slow going which is exactly how I like to look at a new garden and unknown new plants.Some wild orchids in the long grass above the greenhouse. Really rather rare here.
2018 – CHW
A young Acer macrophyllum now just in leaf in the new Isla Rose Plantation. I fear it is not in the right place and needs moving next winter.
The Great Gardens of Cornwall meeting today is at Lamorran Gardens above St Mawes. 35 years ago when Burncoose worked on a project here it was all exposed to the elements. Today the garden is shrouded in dense growth and small damp glades of exotic, rare and tender plants which you seldom, if ever, see surviving outside the greenhouse. A unique and wonderful plantsman’s paradise and the smallest of the genuinely Great Gardens of Cornwall.We have a quick tour after the meeting:The tallest and largest Clianthus puniceus I have ever seen which has been flowering since January.
Off on an oak collection review with Beatrice Chassé of which I will write more when I get her findings and renaming after her two day visit.Along the way I spot two flowers on Rhododendron ‘Crest’ (Hawk Group) just coming out.
So an investigation of Magnolia sieboldii and more newly planted forms.Firstly Magnolia sieboldii ‘Ming Pyong Gal’. Quite a nice large flower but one wonders if this is just ‘a good form’ or if there is a bit of Magnolia sieboldii sinensis in it?
Secondly Magnolia sieboldii ‘Mishko Renge’. The flowers hang down a bit more than you might expect of sieboldii and are on the large side but hardly reddish stamens as sieboldii sinensis should have.
Thirdly one of several sets of Magnolia sieboldii from seed in the garden. Lots of small flowers which are not all out at once and which hang at right angles to the twig/branch rather than hanging down. The central cluster of stamens is very clearly a light pink. A spreading habit, easy to grow, and with abundant pink seedpods if you get there before the squirrels.
2001 – FJW
The rain that had begun in mid September and kept going until May 1st. Record rain in many places.
1926 – JCW
Auklandii pure is going back fast and zuelanicum x not come out yet, the soulei x campylocarpum very very pretty. The Davidia not quite open.
1911 – JCW
Recurvas not open as much as in 1909. Daff crossing over. Montana ⅓ open and so Auklandii’s.
1909 – JCW
No recurvas yet, a little of Campylocarpum. Auklandii not quite, ⅓ cushion Iris, frost at night, nearly finished crossing.
1906 – JCW
All recurvas open and late recurvas seedling. Rhodo yunnanense, campylocarpum, thomsonii, falconeri, auklandii, royali, augustinii, dalhousii (nearly) etc, etc. Crimson Hookeri shows colour. Roses opening in beds. Cushion Iris nearly all out, and crossing mostly over.
1901 – JCW
Picked some recurvas, sent two fine Poet flowers to Appleshaw.