2021 – CHW
Lockdown is a time for cleaning out old family paperwork and this amusing 1972 invoice for my mother’s automatic triumph dolomite car has emerged. £1,500 for a car 50 or so years on makes you think a bit about the value of money and inflation as we start to worry about inflation again. I drove this car in my teens, and I think my brother finally ran it into the ground in London after a few scrapes.
Frost overnight has thankfully caught only the magnolias planted the lower side of the main drive where the cold air settles in the valley. Philip Tregunna always said that we should never plant magnolias below the drive for just this reason and he was right even if we have not entirely observed this rule.
The Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’ on the lawn has caught it!
The new Heerdegen / Reto Eisenhut book on magnolias has just arrived. Loads of pictures and a wonderful reference book (especially for the newer magnolia crosses) even if it is all in German! Quite a lot of this garden diary and Burncoose pictures have been included with our permission. In fact many of the 2019 flowering Michelia and Manglietia here are included although I am not certain that all the naming is perfect.
‘Black Swan’ = Magnolia ‘Pickards Ruby’ x Magnolia ‘Caerhays Surprise’
‘Anne Leitner’ = Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘JC Williams’The book has my strongest recommendation for all magnolia breeders and collectors. I attach a copy of a sample page of the ‘crosses and new things’ to whet the appetite.Here are a few more real plants:
More new magnolias to admire while the Tin Garden clearance nears completion. We decided to pollard the remaining Magnolia sprengeri seedling to 15-20ft to avoid the leggy branches splitting and falling onto the new planting. Now just raking, levelling and aerating the ground for planting to get rid of the impaction from heavy machinery.
Off at last to the pleasant job of planting out some of our young rhododendrons from the outside frames. These were dug around and lifted before Storm Emma etc.Sparmannia africana by the greenhouse has joined the dodo. Not totally unexpected from -9oC but we have plenty of cuttings in the warm.
2017 – CHW
A wet and drizzly day with a pleasant two hour tour for a magnolia enthusiast from Malmo in Sweden.
Rhododendron cilpinense just out at the cash point entrance to the garden. Not yet showing at Burncoose or on the main ride.
Around the garden with John (Williams) after meetings at Tregaire and Newton about major building works on four derelict barns.Camellia reticulata ‘Captain Rawes’ is just coming out in the Auklandii Garden. This plant was propagated at Tregullow disproving the commonly held view that reticulatas will not root as cuttings.
Too overcast really for photography but an attempt to sort out the naming of the newish camellias (ex Trehane) where the old ‘Red Admirals’ died by Donkey Shoe. Two groups planted in 1997 and 1998 but the plans now bear little resemblance to reality due to deaths and being planted too close together. ‘Lulu Belle’ is a good semi double white and ‘Pink Icicle’ early and very floriferous. Well worth propagating. ‘Mary Costa’ has a good shape but the flowers quickly brown and hang on the bush. Not a pretty sight! For some reason the camera is overexposing so all the pictures will have to be done again. Unamusing waste of time. A new species of stachyurus coming out by Tin Garden [ ]. Not very different to Stachyurus praecox or Stachyurus chinensis. Why do the roe deer so like stachyurus? Only two plants left from the collection of five planted above Crinodendron Hedge and these much nibbled.
1968 – FJW
Little movement with Magnolias – most flowers in Mr Gordon.1966 – FJW
First flower picked from Auklandii G white Campbellii – 10 inches across – very round petals – nine in number (Uncle George).
1913 – JCW
The first sort of Poet open and Mrs P Sydenham, some real white thorn in the ride.
1905 – JCW
Halleana (stellata) just open, Reticulata quite out, all G Spur, H Irving, much Maximus, many incomps, Caerhays are good, Dauntlep open, many Camellias out.
1903 – JCW
Picked the first Halleana (stellata), Prunus triloba shows colour and reticulata.
1902 – JCW
Many G Spur, H Irving, Caerhays and minor open, a few maximus, a great lot of rough seedlings in the Kitchen Garden, my first incomp in the Tin Garden where about 30 or 40 things are open.
1899 – JCW
First Horsfieldii and M Hume opening, picked flower of Halleana (stellata).
(Handwritten note attached to Garden Book page)
Evergreens for the Dinner March 1929