2020 – CHW
In an attempt to be cheerful we set off to place out and plant the final batch for this year of rare plants and a selection of unusual climbers. Other previous planting trips have aimed at particular areas but these rare oddments involved a cruise around the garden looking for suitable places for individual and often rather tender plants. Here they are in piles in the back yard before we set out.
Some new magnolias flowering in Old Park on another glorious day. Three hundred and forty visitors to the garden last Sunday.Magnolia ‘Livingstone’ – not one of the very best New Zealand hybrids perhaps but very well worth its place. ‘Cleopatra’ is better I think but, perhaps, early days.
A fine warm day at last and some better news in the garden. Today a look at some stachyurus species which are related to hazels.The first sycamore leaves have appeared by The Fernery.
2017 – CHW
A visit to the greenhouse but no opportunity to compliment Asia on her work as I am late. Amazing new seedlings and recently potted cuttings – many very rare – on display. More photos to come!
Stauntonia hexaphylla growing on and over the wall is nearly open. Flowers only on last year’s new growth.
Then off to Forty Acres in the sun to view the American magnolia plantings now 15 plus years on. Plenty of room to plant more here this year though.Magnolia ‘Frank Gladney’ is nice enough but nothing special really.
After a day of gentle warm rain Good Friday brings blue skies and a perfect day to admire the magnolias at their very best.Strangely the Quercus x hispanica ‘Lucombeana’ has no leaves at all despite the mildest of winters. This normally at least semi evergreen tree was a gift from Cornwall County Council on my father’s retirement as chairman in 1989. The plaque seems to have vanished.
First flower on Magnolia ‘Treve Holman’ is not bad bud, I guess, will get better.
Pinus patula has not enjoyed the salt winds and its needles are browned up.
A young Rhododendron grande has its first flowering.
2015 – CHW
The question often gets asked by visitors as to what is your favourite plant or what is your favourite magnolia? The only answer possible is that on any particular day there is something flowering in the garden which is absolutely at its best, nearly perfect and quite the best thing in the garden on that particular day. In March and April there may well be more than one. Today it is the New Zealand form of Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ and nobody could realistically argue.
1930 – JCW
Magnolia kobus open, no stellata.
1925 – JCW
Mag denudata opening, kobus and halleana as in last year perhaps 50-60 species of Rho show flower more or less.
1923 – JCW
No frost as yet for the winter i.e real frost, M de Graaf opening. The first Magnolia denudata bud opens, the early Kobus is in full flower, some Magnolia soulangeana, some halleana, Prunus subhirtella in Old Park is open, the tall form.
1916 – JCW
Cold and some frost. Several R reticulata open, a few Auklandii x Blood Red, some [?] carlesi. Erica hybrida is good and has been since Christmas.
1913 – JCW
R ciliatum nearly over, C reticulata half out, much as in 1897.
1904 – JCW
Just about 1899 to the day.
1903 – JCW
Very near 1897 in point of time.Narcissi Weardale, Monarch, [?] all more or less out. Have picked most of the flowers for the show on the 31st. Princep Mary nearing the turn to go back, very nearly mid season for daffs.
1901 – JCW
Say a week of mild weather behind 1899. Magnolia halleana open for a day or two.
1900 – JCW
Have been away for a week, but little movement in the daffs, we are about five days behind 1899.
1899 – JCW
Two or three Reticulata, a few Ciliatum, a few Emperor and Empress, most of the Sir Watkin, a few 116, one Princep Mary, several Commodore, all 23, most of 122.
1898 – JCW
North east gale and sleet. Commodore opening and the big Sir Watkin seedling. Queen of Spain open, double peaches in the drive, and the scarlet crabs.
1897 – JCW
F Wilson out, Mrs Vincent, half the de Graafs. Scarlet tulips and Reticulata at their best. Queen of Spain out. I find the Aureas have been throwing up for a long time.