2021 – CHW
A day so pleasant it is easy to forget COVID altogether.
What could look better at the garden entrance today than Rhododendron moupinense.
You need to get here quickly – everything is rushing out and magnolia mania at full momentum!We have wondered if this seedling on the drive is worth a name? Suddenly it has become an enormous tree but it has only actually flowered for about 12 to 15 years. We have speculated as to its parentage and, looking today, it must have a fair bit of campbellii or even a touch of ‘Lanarth’. A paler form of ‘Betty Jessel’ perhaps but like all these types the colour will change over the next few days. The flowers are more of a sprengeri size but that does not explain the colour. I give it 7/10 today but have given it more in previous years.
2019 – CHW Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ in all its glory about a month earlier than normal and quite possibly a record. The younger plants in the garden are already further advanced than this.
Before the blizzards set in at lunchtime today here are a few pictures of Caerhays in the snow. The worst cold east winds and snow for 25 or 30 years I think. Everyone sent home from work here and at the nursery.Very strange to be sitting in the gloom. Our Canadian and Dutch visitors have cancelled their 5 night stay at The Vean. The Nare party tonight to launch the “spring” season has been cancelled. So too the High Sheriffs dinner at Pentille and next weekends Rosemoor show.
The Daphne bholua outside my window is definitely deceased in the cold wind. How many magnolias which are still in tight bud will survive and go on to flower remains to be seen. Don’t hold your breath! What was out a week ago are not even dog turds on sticks any more. Horrible and life threatening to small birds. The keepers are braving the elements to keep the feeders topped up and wild bird seed spread daily in the cover crops on the farm.The day was spent having the first bash at the annual BPS farm grant form quiz. In 3 hours we resolved no less than 67 line entry errors by the Rural Payments Agency. Now we have to find the ones they have not flagged up to us. I dislike this imbecilic annual quiz as much as the blizzard outside.
Dad keeps asking the date as he views the snow piling up on the lawn. Yes, it really is 1st March and the first day of Spring. About -7, -8C with windchill. The lake is starting to freeze at 4pm.
The last time it was this bad and we were totally snowed in for what was then the New Year was when my brother had a house full for his 18th or 21st birthday, He is 57 now.
A trip to the nursery with Shayne House to make video clips of topical tips for the website. We made 19 which was rather more than expected. Still time however to photograph a few new plants in the 2017 catalogue.Corydalis ‘Chocolate Stars’ is only just starting to reshoot but the leaves really are a delicate brown.
Jaimie has placed out 30 of Burncoose’s specimen camellias in Kennel Close to break it up a bit and help create the microclimates which we need here at the top of the hill.
2006 – FJW
1993 – FJW
Very early year until frost.
1985 – FJW
My father A.M.W died.
1965 – FJW
Snow all day. 7 degrees of frost.
1958 – FJW
Came back from Plymouth to find Donkey Shoe Robusta full out. Flowers also on Michelia by Georges Hut. Sutchuenense in 40 Acres very good.
1947 – CW
Returned early. Most snow gone but Church Hill for 100 yards still one way traffic. No colour on any rhododendron except a few Sutchuenense hybrids, and almost all camellia buds brown that had begun to open. Hamamelis alone never hurt at all. Michelias losing almost all leaves.
1934 – JCW
Just out of several frosty nights, a very late daffodil year. R lutescens is very good in several places. Only one daffodil in all 4 gardens with a bloom nearly open.
1932 – JCW
Sutchuenense a fair lot showing colour, no calophytum yet Camellia speciosa has been and is very good. A very few daff moving. R sulfureum has been and is good. A cold wind for a week and today it is very cold indeed but no frost to speak of.
1918 – JCW
Rhodo sutchuenense and calophytum are at about their best, and the blood red x Thomsonii have never been so good.
1912 – JCW
Camellias very good. Prunus pissardi is going over. Most of the bulbs starting well.
1906 – JCW
Clematis indivisa open on terrace, picked a dozen incomps in Tin Garden.
1903 – JCW
We are ten days earlier than 1902, I see King G showing colour and Sirius is nearly showing colour.
1902 – JCW
Narcissi H Irving and Tenby several out, Caerhays a few, G Spur shows colour, many thrumpets in KG, R praecox and barbatum half open, some arboreums, crocus at their best, snowdrops also.
1897 – JCW
Some tulips nearly out (Ban, Thol), Barbatum nearly over.