2021 – CHW
Lots of showers – all good!
A young Quercus rubra ‘Aurea’ in leaf. Two others newly planted in Kennel Close succumbed to last summer’s drought.
So now the teaching unions have instructed their members not to go back to work until the start of the September term despite what the government’s instructions are for June. The transport unions are trying hard to strike too but both have not yet had the legally required ballots.While the PRODUCTIVE part of the economy struggles to adapt to the plethora of new rules, protocols and risk assessments and get back to work the UNproductive part of the economy tries actively to frustrate this. The unions claim it is not ‘safe’ of course and have used strong language to ridicule the government.The fact that they have, in the main, been doing nothing for weeks on full pay and are entirely happy with the status quo is the reality. No 80% of full wages for most of them of course.
It may even be worse than that in that the Corbynista revolutionaries leading the unions hope and see the opportunity to bankrupt the country and cause the Marxist collapse of democracy that they always dream of.
Their outrage at the thought of a two year pay freeze to help pay for their idleness and intransigence over educating children was laughable in the extreme. Does it never occur to them that government largesse and handouts have to be paid for by working people in taxes and cuts to the public sector?
No, socialists genuinely believe that the ‘magic money tree’ is never ending!
What would have happened through this pandemic if Corbyn was in power and the unions running the country as in the early 1970s? No handouts for employers or businesses except in the state sector and renationalised industries one suspects.
I seldom indulge in social media but Karol has compiled a long sequence of Facebook clips showing nurses in hospitals (all over the world) dancing and flashing their tits, not socially distancing, and clearly having nothing to do but amuse themselves publicly. A Treliske nurse told me they still have more nurses than patients in her ward last week. ‘Health’ before everything of course.
Another of Karol’s conspiracy theory films shows the new hospital in Wuhan and compares this to the opening of the 2012 London Olympics. Here we see nurses pushing beds. Even a caricature of a sick Boris in a hospital bed. The whole shape of the dancing and lighting is very similar indeed to the shape of the Coronavirus which we see every day. A quite uncanny ‘coincidence’ and not something which I would have believed if I had not seen the film (I still do not!). Have a look here. https://youtu.be/4As0e4de-rI, starting at 44:00.
Azalea ‘Annabella’ is as close as I can get to this one. Jim Trudgeon’s favourite. Dad decided to cut the clump down to rejuvenate it, but the experiment on the first two killed them, so the clump has remained untouched ever since.
Wisteria floribunda ‘Violacea Plena’ (syn. ‘Black Dragon’) seems to flower sparsely with its flowers partially hidden within its foliage. Wonderful flowers though when you see them close up.
The Chinese TV crew are here again to film rhododendrons which are at their best. The programme series will start to be screened on Chinese TV early next year. The crew are visiting Exbury and Roy Lancaster before appearing at Chelsea again on 21st May on the press preview day. So more coverage then.Today was a non-speaking role with all the dogs rushing about. In and out of the front door, meandering through many rhododendrons under the drone camera, throwing sticks on the completely empty beach (China across the sea apparently) and walking up the drive. The dogs are the stars but when I enquire if this is appropriate in a country which can sometimes regard them as ‘food’ I am met with polite smiles.Along the way and without the filmmakers noticing I sneak a few plant pictures.The first aerial layers are in place on a magnolia. Karol and Asia have been busy but we will need bigger ‘balls’ for layers on plants with thicker/longer stems.
First flowers ever here on Magnolia ‘Raven’. This has a reputation for excellence and is, as I remember it, one of John Gallagher’s (deceased) crosses grown by Kevin Hughes. Late flowering and a very dark colour certainly but, as usual, one must expect larger, better flowers in future years. This one has only been in the ground a year.
Very sad news. My partner at Burncoose, Philip Knuckey, has tragically lost his son Sam. The nursery is very shocked as he had worked with us in his youth and from time to time since.Another yellow magnolia. This one is Magnolia ‘Ossies Yellow’ after the American breeder, Oswald Bloomhardt. Quite an infusion of green in the tepals which you can like or dislike.
A trip to the greenhouse to see how this season’s germination is progressing. A nice Lupinus arboreus with blue (rather than the usual yellow) flowers greets me. Last year’s seedling.
Also good germination of davidia after two years and a fine crop of several rhodo species including Rhododendron lindleyi. Well done Asia. We have never, in my time at least, ever succeeded here or at Burncoose in growing davidia from seed.The enkianthus hardwood cuttings have been less successful but a batch of Enkianthus ‘Wallaby’ have survived. Care now to let them develop before potting on.
2015 – CHW
If we go back to Chelsea 2012 we had a miserable cold spring and everything was late out. In consequence and, as was the norm in the 1980s and 1990s, we had plenty of evergreen azaleas in bud to cut for the stand.Looking today there is plenty of deciduous azalea just showing colour but all the evergreens are over; some long over:
Similarly the Embothrium lanceolatum ‘Norquinco’ is too far out to cut although looking splendid.
Conversely, a single plant of Rhododendron schlippenbachii is full out although the nearby clump and all the old original plants in the garden have been over for weeks and are now in full leaf. Why should this home grown seedling behave so differently with its leaves only just starting?
Sadly the superb Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Hollandia’ will not make it for Chelsea either. Better than ‘Vesta’? Not as floriferous but a bolder colour and close indeed to the number one spot for enkianthus.
1935 – JCW
Mary and I start north.
1930 – JCW
Lindleyi and Dalhousiae hardly open. One or two Magnolia wilsoni and nicholsoniana blooms, also several soulangeana variants. Wasoni not yet open.
1926 – JCW
Lindleyi nearly over and so Dalhousiae and Auklandii. Griersonianum only in past open. Wilsons 1764 of 1903 is really nice say x x x ¾. I have seen a flower before but never realised its value.
1913 – JCW
R lindleyi open. No roses in the beds out or nearly out – montana rubra all over – white Broughtonii in Auklandii Garden very good and so is R royalei there.
1906 – JCW
I pavonia good. Auklandii very good. Roylei half open, Dalhousei very good also. Fortunei and a good lot of roses in the 3 big beds. Bluebells at their best.
1902 – JCW
Plenty of I pavonia open. Auklandii’s going back. Azaleas nearing their best. A week of cold. Maples very good.
1899 – JCW
No waterlilies yet, Auklandii at their best. Many Henonis have moved. A few young mitis. Some daff seed shows colour.