The news from Porthluney beach and café, as well as at Burncoose, is that people are obeying the distancing rules, behaving sensibly and normally in the new queue system. I am not sure why anyone would have expected anything else?
The BBC is of course on the killjoy theme of disgraceful crowds at south coast beaches but I spoke to people today who have visited the beaches at St Ives and Perranporth where the towns/villages were still deserted. That is quite something for St Ives which can be heaving with people even in February. ‘Keep the emmets away’ is the prompt but the same locals still do not get it. The vast majority of them rely on tourists for some part of their wages or business income.
Once gardens and other visitor attractions (which are outdoors) can open with new rules I guess that we can start charging for the beach car park. The National Trust are already charging for some of their coastal parks but the local council park at Perranporth was still free to use.
Quite a performance for us setting up a contactless payment system at the car park which has previously only taken cash (£4.00 per day). Let us hope that the new Wi-Fi booster aerial works as there is, as yet, no electricity in the car park hut. Next year we will try to install machines but this will be an expensive exercise with cable digging.
Looking good at Burncoose today on a photography visit:
New growth on Clerodendron trichotomum.
Rhododendron ‘Marcel Menard’
Clematis montana ‘Grandiflora’ and Wisteria ‘Caroline’.
Wisteria floribunda ‘Alba’ and Rosa banksiae ‘Alba Plena’.
Then quickly back here. The nursery was not at all busy but the few customers had large laden trollies.
Rhododendron ‘Polyroy’ making a fine display by Georges Hut.
A large Philadelphus (10-12ft x 6-8ft) tucked away by Georges Hut which is not on Jaimie’s post 1997 planting plans.
First signs of reshooting on the record Magnolia ‘Cecil Nice’ which fell over in a gale and was pollarded last winter.
Firmania simplex struggling into leaf. At Ventnor Botanic’s this is a small tree. I do not think it can survive with us unfortunately even in a sheltered spot.
Photinia davidiana in the Rookery (formerly Stransvaesia davidiana).
Acer maximowiczianum (Acer nikoense) with fully formed seeds already.
Azalea ‘Silver Slipper’ by the Green Gate.
The deciduous azaleas below the Green Gate are quite a sight today.
The huge clump of Rhododendron ‘Sappho’ in Forty Acres from a distance.
The new swans nest under construction in the centre of the picture.
The two swans soon drive a single Canada goose off the water with menaces.
One-hundred cars parked at Porthluney Beach mid-afternoon today. All for free!
Azalea ‘Gina Mae’ is a cross between Azalea ‘Cecile’ and Azalea ‘Homebush’. The latter gives it its double flower.
Azalea ‘Jock Brydon’ back from the Four-in-Hand is now a good clump although only planted in 2007. Looks good beside ‘Gina Mae’.
Rhododendron kiusianum is not flowering much this year.
Rhododendron ‘Tally Hoo’ on the drive is just out.
Azalea ‘Sun Chariot’ growing in shade.
First flower on Hydrangea ‘Ayesha’.
Rhododendron ‘Moonstone Group’ has now been out for ages.
Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ had been recently blown over in the wind. Now righted and looking no worse for the fall. Quite some show for a 2011 planting.
Philadelphus sericanthus in its second year of flowering.
I have absolutely no idea what this is. We clearly thought it dull on planting as it was put in a bad spot. This is the first time that I have seen the flowers. Chelsea week again. It is actually quite pretty!
2019 – CHW
One of the best cut things which we had on the Burncoose Chelsea stand was Rhododendron “Lem’s Monarch”. Here it is in its full splendour by Georges Hut looking exactly as behind the sales point at the show.
2018 – CHW
It is amazing what a difference a week away has meant in the garden. The grass has grown 6’’ and the laurel hedges 9-12’’. Still plenty of decent rhododendrons but we have undoubtedly moved on from the very best of this year’s spring season; late though it was and magnolia-less for the first six weeks.
The pure white or albino sport from the pink Azalea ‘Greenway’ by the cash point. This group was grown from cuttings taken from a white flowering branch on one of our older plants.
2017 – CHW
Home in a state of total exhaustion. Swollen ankles, blistered feet and cricked neck. Thank goodness it is all over for another year except, of course, it is not.
Now to process all the orders and to write all the thank you letters over the bank holiday weekend.
But first a day in bed with the cricket to watch.
If anyone else says ‘how much we must have all enjoyed Chelsea’ I will have a seizure!
Anyway that is enough of plants so here is a wonderful picture of Isla Rose starting to pay attention. Perhaps I will not have a seizure after all.
2016 – CHW
Coldish day where we seem to take more orders than we did on the Tuesday. Nothing much of note happens until the BBC turn up amazingly on time to film us in our tweeds on the RCMG stand with Joe Swift. Four huge cameras and about 20 people assemble for this great moment where we each have one sentence to say. I ask Joe if he knows what he will be talking about (the centenary of the Rhododendron Society) he says not really but they will tell him on autocue – he has no scope to say other than what he is told to. Amusingly the camera monitor then shows the spelling of ‘rhododendron’ incorrectly. Much pissing round and the big moment comes. We manage to get through without any retakes. The BBC clearly is in a rush to get something on air. Eley appears somewhat tongue tied and witters on about the number of members we have (750). Millais lets slip another statistic which proves how small the group is but it does not really seem to matter.
2015 – CHW
The plan is unnamed deciduous azaleas on the drive but Jaimie suggests I start at Hovel Cart Road. An eight to ten year old clump of what I think is Azalea ‘Arnason Gem’. On checking the photograph does not look quite right.
Then, amid the trash, I stumble into a good clump of the evergreen Azalea ‘Rosebud’. This nicely replaces the old one on Burns Bank.
Next comes Lindera cinnamomifolia which is not listed in ‘New Trees’ but which has grown exponentially and will clearly become a tree. I did see it in flower two to three years ago with small yellow linderish flowers but quite nice.Of course I cannot resist looking at the enkianthus which were not out pre Chelsea.
Enkianthus hirtinervus (three plants) – has very dark flowers and is the last one to flower. In my mind I think I have confused this colour wise with Enkianthus deflexus. I cannot find this species at all in The Plantsman article on enkianthus dated June 2011.
Enkianthus chinensis is now full out (three plants) and looks about right.
However there is another older single plant of Enkianthus chinensis nearly over with much bigger bells. It still looks like the picture in The Plantsman but a better form.
1908 – JCW
Azaleas at their best, also Fortunei hybrids in the Old Park.