2021 – CHW
Still fine and sunny as we enter the best week of the year for Caerhays magnolias. In lockdown there is time to appreciate them rather more than usual.
Magnolia ‘Kew Surprise’ in the Rookery from another angle.
Vaughan Gallavan from Sherwood Gardens sent us a picture of his new magnolia cross flowering properly for the first time. It is Magnolia ‘Betty Jessel’ x Magnolia ‘Darjeeling’ and, as yet, unnamed. A really good purplish-red as you can see here.
A fine day and plenty of people over the age of 70 enjoying (we hope) a coronavirus free garden tour. Most other garden tour groups in buses are cancelling and we will all be home working soon as the country shuts down completely. Plenty of time for writing and thinking amid the gloom. The Cornwall Garden Society show at Wadebridge is the first flower show casualty but we expect to hear, any moment, that Chelsea is off too.
So time to look at a few of the secondary flush of younger flowering magnolias and try to concentrate on the ‘white’ ones.
Magnolia ‘Atlas’ has been battered in the hailstorms which is a pity. Normally it escapes as a later flowerer.
Another Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’ which I missed the other day on the stellata hunt.
Three new camellias to admire (and then propagate):-Camellia “Fire ‘n’ Ice”
And some newer magnolias:Magnolia ‘Sentinel’ – quite dull!
2018 – CHW
An RHS Lecture on camellias which was videoed live to Facebook and social media. The lecture should have been about magnolias but there we are! One attendee had a dog which farted loudly in what I don’t think was an appreciative fashion! It might have livened up a dull video?Rhododendron siderophyllum was well out by Slip Rail. Then to Tregrehan with our early gardening weekend guests. The usual new wonders to enjoy.
2017 – CHW
A visit to Burncoose to make short topical tips videos for the website with a professional film maker. It was thought we could only do six in a day but Rob and I did 18 in the garden and Gerry did 10 more in the nursery. We have now done nearly 50 in two days of filming. Four more days of videos to go.
A few more missing pictures captured for the website.
Magnolia soulangeana ‘Picture’ looking good.
Back to Caerhays and a trip around to look at yet more magnolias. Great to have enough daylight to take photographs at 5.30pm.Magnolia ‘Tina Durio’ looks as it should in the reference books. A slow growing and spreading tree. The tepals will open flat eventually.
A trip to Old Park which has finally dried up on the paths enough to encourage the public to visit. Not that much to see as the magnolias frosted and windblown but more to come. Particularly the original Magnolia campbellii Alba (one of three overall) is enjoying the removal of the tree canopy and has loads of bud.The Gunnera manicata beds are starting to move although there is still a little frost damage to the leaf edges. They will readily grow through this.
There are quite a few magnolias to which my father and Philip Tregunna gave names but which have never been formally registered with the RHS or the Magnolia Society international. Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’, Magnolia ‘Burncoose White’ – a form of mollicomata that is almost white growing above the tennis court at Burncoose and now also at Caerhays in Bond Street, Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’, Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’. There is also Magnolia mollicomata ‘Mary Williams’ named by my great uncle, after his wife. All these plants need also to be propagated and included in the Burncoose catalogue.
1988 – FJW
Gales after 6 dry warm weeks – Magnolias first class but ruined today.
1919 – JCW
Rhodo’s much as in 1917 it may be a bit further on, daffodils well ahead with a good bulge on the bud of our early poets (red and white). Prunus conradinae is over. Subhirtella not yet open.1917 – JCW
Not a yellow bud in the Tin Garden, the first Caerhays opened yesterday. The following Rhodo’n species open or show colour – barbatum, davidii, sutchuenense, moupinense, scabrifolium, lutescens, argeteum, arboreum, irroratum (only just), mucronulatum. Cerasus conradinae just opening.1914 – JCW
One Cam reticulata on wall by Library. R argenteum and most arboreums at their best. Some trumpets but a few incomps open. The best white Arboreum is hardly open. Barbatums well on, a few P Mary.1913 – JCW
A few reticulata, and bad ones, open. We have nearly reached the poets in daffodils. Ciliatums going over, the best white Arboreum is well out, some Barbatums over some partly out – half the Tin Garden P Mary open.1908 – JCW
We are just as in 1902 bar the Reticulata.1906 – JCW
We are distinctly ahead of 1903. R shilsoni on the wane, White Queen fit to force for pollen. Many reticulatas open.1904 – JCW
Rather later, say five days, than in 1903.1903 – JCW
Sir Watkins, Emperor, Horsfieldii, 116, Artemis all out and Princep Mary, Albatross, Seagull, Caerhays, G Spur, H Irving, Maximus and Victoria at their best, King A, Sirius, G Bell and RRB well out. [?] at their best and so are R wilsonii, barbatum and most of the arboreums.1902 – JCW
Sir Watkin open, some Artemis (23), Maximus nearly all, Caerhays nearly all also G Spur, some few Reticulata and Ciliatum. Picked the first Southern Star, many Victoria out.1901 – JCW
An odd Victoria open, 23 nearly open, one Ciliatum early seedling, but hardly any of the above are even near opening.1899 – JCW
Very few Sir Watkins open, a few K Spurrell, Horsfieldii, Emperor, 116, several 23, maximus going over. Caerhays at its best, also G Spur, no ciliatum or reticulata properly open.