2021 – CHW
Everything is rushing on in the warmth and sun. A day makes a huge difference as to what has popped open and if you do not explore daily you will miss many good things.
Two 30-year-old plants of what I think are very probably Rhododendron monstroseanum. One is much darker than the other but, as you can see, the flowers fade.
Another cry off from the forthcoming gardening weekend by Maurice Foster who sends me three pictures from his garden in Kent. Magnolia sargentiana robusta (Caerhays Dark Form), Magnolia ‘Philip Tregunna’ and Magnolia campbellii ‘Trelissick Alba’.
Off to Old Park with the cancellation of yet another large garden tour from Hortus. We have planted at least 200 named magnolias in this wood since clearing it some eight years ago.
Magnolia ‘Theodora’ just coming out. This is one of Maurice Foster’s hybrids – Magnolia ‘Dark Shadow’ x Magnolia campbellii subsp. mollicomata. There is white on the inside of the tepals when open.
Cutting back the Magnolia grandiflora below the lawn has taken the team less than two days. All chipped and blown back onto the roots as a rich mulch for the future.
2019 – CHW
Much excitement over the weekend. A huge sweet chestnut tree fell at the nursery entrance and it took two days to clear.
More garden touring with Roy Lancaster (6 ½ hours over 2 days) as we try to keep ahead of the snow. Sunshine and 500+ people in the gardens until 1.00.An ancient Gaultheria – perhaps G hookeri is spotted by Roy. A Wilson introduction in 1907. Perhaps G. tetramera?
2017 – CHW Magnolia breeding at Caerhays lecture and the table all set up for action. Then a tour with the 21 attendees.
Then off to Tregrehan.First sighting of Euptelia pleiosperma in flower. Amazing rare new introduction. Flowers a little like an Acer negundo. Our plants go out next week.
Our gardening weekend and the first of two tours here during the day. Present were:
- Roger & Teresa Harvey
- Rod & Mary White
- Toby & Jennifer Greenbury
- Mark & Justina McKeever
- Susyn Andrews & Brian Schrire
- Stephanie Harrod & Mike
- Tom Hudson
- Sir Richard & Mary Carew-Pole
- Ludovic & Natalie de Montille
- Humphrey & Miranda Ocean
Overcast but none of the forecast heavy rain. Magnolias probably a week past their absolute best except on the drive which is always later by seven to ten days.
Jaimie discovered a thrush’s nest with three eggs in laurel in the rookery last Friday.
An escape for an hour after a long hour of missing website pictures with Karol.At the end of Bond Street are two good Betula albosinensis ‘Bowling Green’. This is a graft from the original at Werrington on the bowling green which also features on the front cover of the latest edition of Hillier’s. There is a third in Penvergate. I bought these from Thornhayes nursery 20 to 25 years ago and gave two to Mike for Werrington. The tree was a numbered Wilson introduction I believe (W4109-1910). Amazing bark.
2015 – CHW
One of the most magical hours this evening in the garden one could ever imagine with Magnolia campbellii just about to go over but catching the fading sun on its topmost flowers 80 feet up. Everything else absolutely spot on. Hopefully it will stay calm and mild until Serena’s wedding on Saturday. Cutting flowers tomorrow with magnolias aplenty.
Most of the rhododendrons from Higher Quarry Nursery (50 to 60) planted in Old Park today and looking good. The main planting of the wild collected species from Orchid House Nursery will have now to wait until after the wedding. Room for several hundred plants yet.
The Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedling near Rookery Gate is coming out and (as previously said) needs a name. Jaimie assures me he planted it and not Philip in 1995. Apparently Philip bollocked us both 20 years ago for planting it where the flowers would ‘always’ be blown away. The flowers are very much intact today but slightly smaller than Bishop Michael in the quarry and not quite as frilly (ie more erect) or quite as dark but it is still an exceptional plant by anyone’s estimation.
What clots we have all been not to wander further when on planting days.
There is a perfect large rhododendron planting area where we ripped out the laurel out above Mr Rogers Quarry. Good job Jaimie did not take quite everything from Higher Quarry Nursery to Old Park. Sort this tomorrow first thing.
Two male weirdos in the garden (first for the year) who claimed to have come all the way from Australia. Two chuck-outs after closing time after entering from not the proper entrances. Fired a few shots (at crows) plus a dozen dogs with ours and Jaimie’s in the garden may have seen them off by 6pm.
Three coaches due for two tours today but one of the three drivers in convoy refuses to turn in at Gorran High Lanes claiming our lanes are too narrow and takes the party shopping in Truro instead. New bus, idiot driver and imbecile passengers to put up with this but three incumbents get off and are rescued by Mary from the roadside and so come anyway. 21 do not. Four staff and house guide waste a good hour and a half over this bus driver pantomime so they (the very latecomers who did arrive) get a bloody quick lunch and tour. The perils of our narrow lanes despite spending at least £15k ourselves sorting Rescassa corner for much larger buses than those we had today. The driver of the bus who braved the lanes might have used the word ‘tosser’ about his colleague who would not but we absolutely cannot have any Jeremy Clarkson behaviour can we! It would have made my (lengthy and hectic) day to have met the shopping driver.
2001 – FJW
Early Magnolias at their best – wrecked by east wind 2 days back.
1979 – FJW
No Magnolias in flower. No leaf on Michelias or L pachyphylla. -75% leaf off Auklandii, Sinogrande, Gigantium.
1965 – FJW
Great frog activity in the moors.
1959 – FJW
Went to Lanarth with Tregunna. Mollicomata indescribable – the petals lose lustre as soon as they drop. Dombeyii and Davidii very fine plants.
1935 – JCW
Lutescens is fairly good. Reticulata fairly good flowers.
1929 – JCW
Lutescens is far the best thing we have. Neriiflorum, Thomsonii, Barbatum, Irroratum are all fairly good, but we lack flower buds. Daffodils are only just starting.
1926 – JCW
Staphylea holocarpa shows bud, 6-8 kinds of cherry. Reticulata fair. Lutescens opening. Calophytums wane. Sutchuenense gone or nearly so. Lutescens and Argenteum wane. Auklandii showing colour for some days. Erica hybrida remains good. About the earliest year we ever saw. M de Graf shows.
1901 – JCW
Narcissi ‘Sirius’ just shows colour, a few Ciliatums open, a good few useful seedlings to try, one flower of 25 open, no other incomps near it, forced open Sirius in heat from the bud for Cl.
1900 – JCW
The seedling Ciliatum opening, none of the things on the opposite page are nearly open except Sirius, Snow.
1898 – JCW
Golden Bell came out.