4th June

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
JC Williams Profile Picture
JCW 1897-1939
C Williams Profile Picture
CW 1940-1955

2021 – CHW (photos to follow)

A hurried early morning visit to Burncoose for meetings.

Our Burncoose stock plant of Abutilon vitafolium var. album ‘Veronica Tennant’ by the mist houses.

Podocarpus x ‘County Park Fire’ in full new growth in the nursery car park.

I have been trying to photograph Escallonia ‘Apple Blossom’ in flower for years and suddenly here it is.

Landscaping work for my cousin on the north Cornish coast. Still more areas to complete as here.

Convolvulus cneorum growing well out of a stone wall topped by Eleagnus ebbingei in my cousin’s garden.

2020 – CHW

The pink decorum above the shop is just coming out.

Rhododendron pink decorum
Rhododendron pink decorum
This is what Tom has confirmed as Malus rockii at Slip Rail. We had no clue.
Malus rockii
Malus rockii
Malus rockii
Malus rockii
Aesculus chinensis in full flower in Kennel Close. One of the later flowering species. A small slow growing tree rare in cultivation.
Aesculus chinensis
Aesculus chinensis
Aesculus chinensis
Aesculus chinensis
Aesculus chinensis
Aesculus chinensis
Aesculus chinensis
Aesculus chinensis
Crataegus schraderiana is finally out in flower. Flowers sit well with the white hue to the leaves which are attractive on their own.
Crataegus schraderiana
Crataegus schraderiana
Crataegus schraderiana
Crataegus schraderiana
Crataegus schraderiana
Crataegus schraderiana
Philadelphus satsumi just out.
Philadelphus satsumi
Philadelphus satsumi
Philadelphus satsumi
Philadelphus satsumi
Still good flowers on Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’.
Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’
Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’
Azalea flowers burnt off prematurely in the heat on Hovel Cart Road.
Azalea flowers burnt off
Azalea flowers burnt off
Two new passing places on the drive installed today by Frankie Tregunna with a mini digger. We used concrete railway sleepers to create the new areas which now need hard coring.
passing places
passing places
passing places
passing places

A very nice Caerhays sort of thing happened today. Bob Tregunna had been going through his eldest brother’s things and thought we might like to keep and put on display his medals. There was also an album of photographs from 1981 showing the Queen Mother’s visit here and the magnolia planting by Georges Hut with a line-up of estate staff to greet her. Philip did the actual planting of course!

The medals which Philip Tregunna won from the RHS included:

• 50 year long service award*

• A J Waley Medal for his work on rhododendrons – 1968

• What we think is the Corey Cup medal which went with the award for breeding of Magnolia ‘Caerhays Surprise’ in 1976

(* The award is undated. Philip was head gardener here from 1956 to 1996. He started work here well before 1956 but went away on national service prior to returning to Caerhays. I guess the award was made 2000-2002 as, in semi-retirement, Philip continued to work in the house and greenhouse.)

50 year long service award
50 year long service award
A J Waley Medal
A J Waley Medal
Corey Cup medal
Corey Cup medal
These items can certainly go on public display when we reopen next March in a secure cabinet. It is staggering that there have only been four head gardeners at Caerhays since 1897. I can think of other Cornish gardens who have had three in 10 years!

2019 – CHW

A cuttings collecting day here with Enkianthus, Staphylea and others with softwood new growth. About 30 different things to set.

Rhododendron yuefengense flowering in the Higher Quarry Nursery Bed. A very distinct leaf shape and a species I first saw at Tregrehan. The plant came from Glendoick.

Rhododendron yuefengense
Rhododendron yuefengense
Syringa reticulata flowering for the second time below Donkey Shoe. Not a patch on the flower of another new Syringa species which we saw last week.
Syringa reticulata
Syringa reticulata
Kalmias planted in 1991 are now a bit too much in the shade but we did, last year, uplift a few nearby tree branches.
Kalmias
Kalmias
Abies pinsapo with a multitude of blue cones with spurs on each segment of the cones. This is only the second year that this young tree has performed (nothing last year) and about 35 to 40 cones overall. Abies delavayi nearby is similarly adorned.
Abies pinsapo
Abies pinsapo
Abies pinsapo
Abies pinsapo
Stewartia ogisu flowering for the first time. Smallish flowers with pink buds.
Stewartia ogisu
Stewartia ogisu
Stewartia ogisu
Stewartia ogisu
Supposedly a young Stewartia sinensis but I fear that the flowers are far too large. Need to see the seeds to key it out in full even if the calyxes look right.
Stewartia sinensis
Stewartia sinensis
Stewartia sinensis
Stewartia sinensis
Stewartia monodelpha about to flower. I am reasonably confident that this young plant is correctly named if only from its foliage colour last autumn.
Stewartia monodelpha
Stewartia monodelpha

2018 – CHW
To Tregullow to look at the garden there. A regular occurrence when we lived nearby at Burncoose for 20 plus years. Much pruning of huge rhododendron clumps in progress after the February/March gales.Picea breweriana making great headway by the stables. A slow and awkward tree to get going which needs careful staking initially. A variable plant if grown from seed but this is a good form.
Picea breweriana
Picea breweriana
Picea breweriana
Picea breweriana
Rhododendron ‘Rubicon’ nearly over. James Williams gave us a plant rooted by their head gardener. A cross between Rhododendron ‘Kilimanjaro Group’ and Rhododendron ‘Noyo Chief’ or so I look up.
Rhododendron ‘Rubicon’
Rhododendron ‘Rubicon’
A superb Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’. Plastered in flower and by far the best thing in the garden today.
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’
Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’
Rhododendron ‘Tortoiseshell Orange’ just going over. Rather paler than our form so I am not quite convinced this is the right name.
Rhododendron ‘Tortoiseshell Orange’
Rhododendron ‘Tortoiseshell Orange’
Rhododendron ‘Tortoiseshell Orange’
Rhododendron ‘Tortoiseshell Orange’

2017 – CHW
The Daily Telegraph has a picture of a 16ft tall Echium pininana growing outside. This beats the 14ft one growing at the Welsh Botanic Gardens in a biome featured in the papers before Chelsea. I suspect ours outside the library window are easily a match for the new Guinness Book of Records entry but am disinclined to prove it. I think that in this record echium year there will be many competitors for the prize – such as it is.Then the rare plant sale at Tregrehan where it rains hard for an hour and a half as Justin and I set up. A good turnout none the less and we sell 50 plants in the first two hours from the 150 which we took.
rare plant sale at Tregrehan
rare plant sale at Tregrehan
rare plant sale at Tregrehan
rare plant sale at Tregrehan

Back to a lunch for nine including Gerard and Nicky Clinton and, of course, a garden tour.

Another pinkish Rhododendron royalii hybrid has one flower.

pinkish Rhododendron royalii hybrid
pinkish Rhododendron royalii hybrid
Here is part of the group photo.
group photo
group photo
group photo
group photo
group photo
group photo

2016 – CHW
A viburnum species above Hovel Cart Road which is unnamed on the planting plans is looking good beside the newly collected (relatively speaking) Quercus oxyodon.
A viburnum species
A viburnum species
A viburnum species
A viburnum species
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’ is out in flower after its superb berries and autumn colour last year.
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Sorbus folgneri ‘Emiel’
Magnolia ‘Green Bee’ is looking good on the drive but not as good as ‘Daphne’.
Magnolia ‘Green Bee’
Magnolia ‘Green Bee’
Magnolia ‘Green Bee’
Magnolia ‘Green Bee’
Enkianthus hirtinervus is just out, much later into flower than every other species and variety.
Enkianthus hirtinervus
Enkianthus hirtinervus
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’, one of Dad’s last hybrids, is doing well and he is pleased with some cut flowers.
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’
Rhododendron ‘Treberrick’
Aesculus x carnea ‘Briottii’ above the greenhouse is a superb compact growing plant and well worth its place. Aesculus are never perceived properly as welcome flowering additions to June in woodland gardens.
Aesculus x carnea ‘Briottii’
Aesculus x carnea ‘Briottii’
Aesculus x carnea ‘Briottii’
Aesculus x carnea ‘Briottii’

2015 – CHWMore wanderings and Photima villosa var koreana is flowering nicely in full sun.  Photima villosa is a dull and common plant but this is much better with trailing branches of flowers.

Photima villosa var Koreana
Photima villosa var koreana
Photima villosa var Koreana
Photima villosa var koreana
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’

Then Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’ a hybrid between Magnolia globosa and Magnolia virginiana growing in full sun along from George’s Hut.  Exceptionally good and a ‘must have’ for magnolia collectors.

Magnolia globosa
Magnolia globosa

Nearby on the other side of the path is I think our only surviving plant of Magnolia globosa  from Eisenhut in Switzerland.  Two died in this spot but now we have the first flowers or buds anyway.  Magnolia globosa is short lived but this is the Chyverton form with delicious furry golden indumentum to the new growth.  I may be wrong but I think it is the Indian form of Magnolia globosa rather than the Chinese.  I tried to propagate this with material from Nigel Holman’s plant eight or ten years ago but failed.

A check on Magnolia virginiana in a thicket shows no buds anywhere near out.

Similarly Magnolia rostrata (Tom Hudson form and rather different leaves from our old original plant – now dead).  No sign of any flower buds this year but the plant is at least 20 feet tall and tucked away beside the podocarpus clump.

Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ is also a Magnolia globosa x Magnolia obovata cross.  We await Magnolia globosa being full out.

Rhododendron ‘Lems Monarch’ is absolutely superb but will need plenty of room.

Rhododendron ‘Lems Monarch’
Rhododendron ‘Lems Monarch’
Rhododendron ‘Lems Monarch’
Rhododendron ‘Lems Monarch’
Rhododendron ‘Lems Monarch’
Rhododendron ‘Lems Monarch’
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii

Another larger Magnolia sieboldii much as yesterday.

Rhododendron griersonianum
Rhododendron griersonianum

An original clump of Rhododendron griersonianum much used by JCW in his and many other people’s hybridisation work as it sets regular seed and flowers late and over a long period.

embothrium
Embothrium

The battery on the camera runs out but I manage one last picture of the Embothrium above Mr Roger’s Quarry.  Still full out weeks after the first one on the drive.  Embothriums used to grow in numbers in Lower Rockery but died out of old age 30 years ago.  Most of our newer plants today are in their prime after only 25 years growth. A hard plant to get going but glorious when it does. A quick visit to the Royal Cornwall Show earlier in the day as Lizzie under the weather with a cold.  Burncoose have won a Large Gold Medal but I hear David Knuckey was one of the judges!  Stand looked good with many of the Chelsea plants and Stewartia rostrata (wrongly named!).  Justin is in his usual selling mode with no prisoners.

1927 – JCW
Griersonianum is at its best.

1915 – JCW
Fortunei hybrids by Park are going over, Azaleas (white, yellow, red) are about their best, good too in the Drive. Madame Lemoine lilac good for a week, all but the Waterer rhodo’s are over now. Loder’s White good yet. Viburnum plicatum and mariesii good.

1913 – JCW
We are picking daff seed but most of it bad in the stem. Azaleas, deciduous good some of them, picked the first Harrow hybrid sown in 1908, R boothi open for the first time and plicatum and laburnum good. R baylei remains good. Auklandii over. Roses nice. I go back tomorrow.

1905 – JCW
Picked some Caerhays seed nearly all bad. Ponticums well out, also Viburnum plicatum, moved a lot of bulbs. Solanum crispum our best thing.

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