26th May

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CW 1940-1955

2019 – CHW

Time to catch up with the deciduous azaleas which are still out on the drive and elsewhere.

Azalea “Canon’s Double” is making a good show with plenty of flowers.

Azalea “Canon’s Double”
Azalea “Canon’s Double”
Azalea “Canon’s Double”
Azalea “Canon’s Double”
The double flowered yellow Azalea ‘Narcissiflorum’ is a huge clump overhanging the drive offset either side by forms of Azalea pontica.
Azalea ‘Narcissiflorum’
Azalea ‘Narcissiflorum’
Azalea ‘Narcissiflorum’
Azalea ‘Narcissiflorum’
Azalea ‘Narcissiflorum’
Azalea ‘Narcissiflorum’
Azalea ‘Hotspur Red’ is similar to ‘Royal Command’ but with an orange centre. This group were planted in 1999. Azalea ‘Royal Command’ was over a fortnight ago.
Azalea ‘Hotspur Red’
Azalea ‘Hotspur Red’
Azalea ‘Hotspur Red’
Azalea ‘Hotspur Red’
Azalea ‘Hotspur Red’
Azalea ‘Hotspur Red’
This very late flowering evergreen azalea in full shade below the Hovel has never had a name in my time here. Its leaves suggest an Azalea indica. When you look closely the flowers are more plentiful than with most indica varieties. However they are a good dark red and this is well worth Asia propagating if only to ensure the survival of this elderly clump.
Azalea indica
Azalea indica
Azalea indica
Azalea indica
There are about a dozen different very late flowering deciduous azaleas flowering by the Trevanion Holly. This is one of the best of them. The closest that I can come to naming them from the Galle azalea bible is that they are Rhododendron flammeum or Rhododendron bakeri hybrids. In so far as they were called anything my father referred to them as American azalea hybrids. If this (or similar US rhodo species) are the parents then this does make sense.
Rhododendron flammeum or Rhododendron bakeri hybrids
Rhododendron flammeum or Rhododendron bakeri hybrids
Rhododendron flammeum or Rhododendron bakeri hybrids
Rhododendron flammeum or Rhododendron bakeri hybrids
The next test may be to go and examine our (named) Ghent hybrid azaleas which I bought from a small Belgian grower in 2007. They may be small and slow growing but the flowers are spectacular and they ought to be more widely grown (one was over and one still to come out).
Azalea ‘Maja’ – nearly over
Azalea ‘Maja’
Azalea ‘Maja’
Azalea ‘Maja’
Azalea ‘Maja’
Azalea ‘Coccinea Grandiflora’ – raised before 1922
Azalea ‘Coccinea Grandiflora’
Azalea ‘Coccinea Grandiflora’
Azalea ‘Corneille’
Azalea ‘Corneille’
Azalea ‘Corneille’
Azalea ‘Corneille’
Azalea ‘Corneille’
Azalea ‘Merveille’
Azalea ‘Merveille’
Azalea ‘Merveille’
Azalea ‘Merveille’
Azalea ‘Merveille’
Azalea ‘Bartholo Lazzari’ – nearly over – raised in 1869
Azalea ‘Bartholo Lazzari’
Azalea ‘Bartholo Lazzari’
Azalea ‘Tower Darling’
Azalea ‘Tower Darling’
Azalea ‘Tower Darling’
Azalea ‘Tower Darling’
Azalea ‘Tower Darling’
Azalea ‘Rose de Flandre’
Azalea ‘Rose de Flandre’
Azalea ‘Rose de Flandre’
Azalea ‘Rose de Flandre’
Azalea ‘Rose de Flandre’
Azalea unnamed and a rogue in a larger group
Azalea unnamed
Azalea unnamed
Azalea unnamed
Azalea unnamed

Trying to look these up in the Galle book on azaleas is a nightmare! I can only confirm four as actually being listed as Ghent hybrids but there are hundreds listed.

This very late flowering clump of deciduous azaleas on Hovel Cart Road is seldom seen. White with an orange flash and pink highlights.

deciduous azaleas
deciduous azaleas
deciduous azaleas
deciduous azaleas
We labelled this one ‘Balzac’ on the Chelsea stand (pretty close from the reference books). It was Jim Trudgeon’s favourite deciduous azalea and responding badly to a cutting back 40 years ago where the cut back plants died. Those left are splendid today in a huge clump.
‘Balzac’
‘Balzac’
‘Balzac’
‘Balzac’
‘Balzac’
‘Balzac’
‘Balzac’
‘Balzac’

2018 – CHW
Heavy thundery downpours are doing wonders for the development of the new growth on the rhododendrons and encouraging new growth too on the leafless michelias and other evergreens after the ‘Beast’ had passed through in early March.After much head scratching I now have a book on cotoneaster species. This ancient plant has the odd berry remaining and large white flowers on last year’s stems of new growth. It is Cotoneaster microphyllus I think.
Cotoneaster microphyllus
Cotoneaster microphyllus
Cotoneaster microphyllus
Cotoneaster microphyllus
Azalea ‘Orangeade’ (or very close to the one in the Cox reference book anyway) at the bottom of Hovel Cart Road was Jim Trudgeon’s favourite. We have never been 100% certain of any name for this elderly clump which disliked being cut back and rebelled by dying so we have desisted.
Azalea ‘Orangeade’
Azalea ‘Orangeade’
Azalea ‘Orangeade’
Azalea ‘Orangeade’
Magnolia x wiesneri nicely out below Slip Rail and heavily scented. The plant is in almost full sun unlike the Burncoose plant which is in nearly full shade. Sun is needed for proper budding and flowering to its potential.
Magnolia x wiesneri
Magnolia x wiesneri
As the rain falls off into the Rockery. Then driven home by the thunder – the dogs do not like it.
Rhododendron radicans, one of the most dwarf and trailing species, is a shy flowerer.
Rhododendron radicans
Rhododendron radicans
Rhododendron ‘Barnaby Sunset’ is Rhododendron flavidum x Rhododendron Lady Roseberry Group. More the former than the latter. Entirely new to us – missed it for several years.
Rhododendron ‘Barnaby Sunset’
Rhododendron ‘Barnaby Sunset’
The wonderful Azalea indicum ‘Balsaminaeflorum’ with its covering of double orange flowers. Hopefully we have begun to propagate this ancient novelty now? Ask Asia.
azalea
azalea
azalea
azalea
Vaccinum urceolatum in flower – most peculiar flowers which look like seeds.
Vaccinum urceolatum
Vaccinum urceolatum

2017 – CHW
A few extra hours sleep and a morning of Chelsea paperwork before a quick trip around the garden to catch up.

Magnolia rostrata has the odd flower out high up. More to come and some over.

Magnolia rostrata
Magnolia rostrata
Magnolia rostrata
Magnolia rostrata
An elderly white Rhododendron decorum is full out but the pink form nearby is still in bud.
Rhododendron decorum
Rhododendron decorum
Rhododendron decorum
Rhododendron decorum
A nice young clump of three Rhododendron elliotii.
Rhododendron elliotii
Rhododendron elliotii
Rhododendron elliotii
Rhododendron elliotii
Rhododendron elliotii
Rhododendron elliotii
These are alongside a big laurel clearing undertaken while I have been away at Chelsea. Half a big old clump has been cut down to dig out and the nearby hedge is getting a good trimming. An old insignis trunk within the laurel has caught alight and is burning nicely. Plenty of potash in the air to fertilise the garden which still needs more rain.
laurel clearing
laurel clearing
laurel clearing
laurel clearing
Rhododendron ‘Lems Monarch’ which we cut for Chelsea is now full out. The nice red rims to the individual flowers fade as it opens fully.
Rhododendron ‘Lems Monarch’
Rhododendron ‘Lems Monarch’
Rhododendron ‘Lems Monarch’
Rhododendron ‘Lems Monarch’
Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’ is out beside it but rather a shy flowerer here with flowers hidden away in the bush.
Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’
Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’
Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’
Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’ is now full out too.
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’
Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’
The magnolia with huge buds in Kennel Close turns out to be Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’. Label has vanished.
Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’
Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’
Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’
Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’
Aesculus woerlitzensis is nicely in flower. I do not think we have seen this out before. It is not in Hillier’s but referred to in passing in New Trees – no description.
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Aesculus woerlitzensis
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’ is out but has lost its ‘flush’ during Chelsea week. In bud as we left. Another few buds to come.
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Rhododendron ‘Fabia’ (FCC form) is nice but I have seen it much darker in other forms. Distinguished by its large calyx. Three young plants about three to four years from planting.
Rhododendron ‘Fabia’
Rhododendron ‘Fabia’
Rhododendron ‘Fabia’
Rhododendron ‘Fabia’
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Petticoats’ is almost over. Cannot remember the breeding or origin of this one?
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Petticoats’
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Petticoats’
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Petticoats’
Rhododendron ‘Yellow Petticoats’
We had a cut vase of this Azalea ‘Vuyks Rosy Red’ on the stand at Chelsea which lasted well and opened up during the week.
Azalea ‘Vuyks Rosy Red’
Azalea ‘Vuyks Rosy Red’
Azalea ‘Vuyks Rosy Red’
Azalea ‘Vuyks Rosy Red’

2016 – CHW 
Much excitement after our return home – groggy, exhausted and pissed off that Karol was unwell and unable to drive. Nevertheless 8pm for the BBC extravaganza – much to my surprise it is one of the key features of the one hour presentation and lasts about eight to ten minutes. They showed the bits filmed at Caerhays before the show, Joe and the interviews on the RCMG stand, finally at the end Monty Don with the Rhododendron sinogrande looking splendid and the digging of it at Caerhays and it going onto the lorry. All in all the best TV coverage Caerhays/Burncoose/rhododendrons could have wished for and a model of how to put your hands on real national coverage at an event like Chelsea with a good story. My ankles are unlikely to permit too many forays into the garden for a day or two and anyone who thought I might be sick of the sight of rhodos by now might well be correct.
2015 – CHW
Finally we get to the deciduous azaleas on the drive and a few conclusions are obvious:About a third are already over and a third are still in tight bud today.  So I have missed plenty and must await plenty more.Many of the unnamed ones in huge clumps are very old (but still healthy) plants say 80 plus years old?  My father had no idea of where they came from or the names despite a decade of research after he retired in our planting archive.  Perhaps my great uncle (Charles Williams) bought these?

Azalea ‘Royal Command’ or ‘Golden Flare’
Azalea ‘Royal Command’ or ‘Golden Flare’
Azalea ‘Royal Command’ or ‘Golden Flare’
Azalea ‘Royal Command’ or ‘Golden Flare’

Very few bear any likeness to the relatively few varieties of well known deciduous azaleas available in the trade today.  So I need help please from readers of this blog! Some of them are VERY FINE with several mixed colours, some are semi double in flower although this is irregular.  It is a pity deciduous azaleas are such buggers to propagate from cuttings.The first one I come to is perhaps similar to what we had on the Chelsea stand as ‘Royal Command’ or ‘Golden Flare’.

Then a couple of newer (10 to 15 years) Millais plants.

Azalea mollis ‘Drim Oosthoek’

Azalea mollis ‘Drim Oosthoek’
Azalea mollis ‘Drim Oosthoek’
Azalea mollis ‘Apple Blossom’
Azalea mollis ‘Apple Blossom’
Azalea mollis ‘Apple Blossom’
Azalea mollis ‘Apple Blossom’

Azalea mollis ‘Apple Blossom’Rather pale single flowers and nothing special in comparison to the next huge clump beside the drive which looks pink from a distance but is full of much more intricate colours close up.  In Galle’s book perhaps ‘Rère d’Amour’.

Rhododendron quinquefolium ‘Fire Arrows’
Rhododendron quinquefolium ‘Fire Arrows’
Rhododendron quinquefolium ‘Fire Arrows’
Rhododendron quinquefolium ‘Fire Arrows’

A delightful surprise – Exbury must have given Jaimie a plant of Rhododendron quinquefolium ‘Fire Arrows’.  It is doing well.  Very rare.

Enkianthus deflexus
Enkianthus deflexus
Enkianthus deflexus
Enkianthus deflexus

A side glance at Enkianthus deflexus now full out and with less of a purple tinge.

Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii

Next door is a fine clump of Magnolia sieboldii as on our Chelsea stand.  Not all the flowers come out at once.

Azalea 'Fireball'
Azalea ‘Fireball’

And on to one I planted which may or may not be a rather large flowered form of Azalea ‘Fireball’.  It is in the shade so perhaps this explains the sparse and large flowers.  Perhaps it is Glendoick’s ‘Crosswater Red’?

Cornus florida ‘Milky Way’
Cornus florida ‘Milky Way’
Cornus florida ‘Milky Way’
Cornus florida ‘Milky Way’

Beside it is rather a nice Cornus florida ‘Milky Way’ which enables one to see why it gets its name albeit only currently half out.

Azalea yellow and pink on drive
Azalea yellow and pink on drive

Then we get a yellow and pink deciduous azalea of some merit overhanging the drive.

I now attach a series of deciduous azalea pictures which are either red or orange or both.  Some are outstandingly good but not a hint of a name to propagate them with.  Can anyone help?  Would anyone like to try to propagate these for us?

pink with colours
pink with colours
pink with colours
pink with colours
pink with colours
pink with colours
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive
Azalea unknown on drive

1990 – FJW
Rain absent again since May 15th. Drought may be the worst in catastrophe list.

1981 – FJW
Jim Trudgeon died.

1920 – JCW
Plenty of roses. The Azaleas are near their best. Zealanicum knocked out on Nov 15th frost. M wilsoni has been the best thing in the place. I found a Magnolia watsoni last night.

1917 – JCW
No roses off the wall excepting R hugnis. The azaleas are very good here, at the Hovel and in the Old Park. Standish’s Devonshire plants are the best rhodo’s we have. Zealanicum would be good but for the frost.

1915 – JCW
As in 1901,1905 and 1907. Azaleas good at their best by the Lomarias.

1907 – JCW
Much as in 1901.

1905 – JCW
Just as in 1901. A good lot of roses open. Meconopsis integrefolia has been out for two days.

1901 – JCW
One of the tree ferns three parts grown. Royali, Edgeworthi, Gibson, Dalhousi and Fortunei all well out. Auklandii nearly over. I have been moving some daffs, and picked nearly all the indoors seed. No sign of a waterlily flower. Eremurus open two kinds.

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