Horse Chestnuts in flower late May

Horse Chestnuts in flower late May

Now is the perfect time to visit Caerhays before the Gardens close on Sunday 16th June, which is also our charity fete day. We have a large collection of horse chestnuts which are coming into flower now and will look great until mid-June. Charles shows us 4 of these...
Odd bi-species Laburnocytisus ‘Adamii’ in flower

Odd bi-species Laburnocytisus ‘Adamii’ in flower

This plant a bi-generic tree of two species, it was originally a grafted plant and it appears the graft and the stock plant have merged to become a chimera so you can see both laburnum and cytisus flowers on the same plant. Last year it was on Burncoose’s...
Interesting Ucodendron whartonii flowering for the first time

Interesting Ucodendron whartonii flowering for the first time

We first planted this Ucodendron in May 2017, and it really is a bit of a surprise. It is a new genus which is currently unclassified. It is flowering for the time with us and the flowers are very similar to an Hammamellis or Parrotia, the ‘experts’ have...
Best Yellow Magnolias

Best Yellow Magnolias

Charles picks his 4 best yellow Magnolias. In the video he says 4 or 5, and there are four in this clip. Magnolia ‘Lemon Star’ or ‘Swedish Star’ as it is sometimes known, flowers yellow with a bit of green. Magnolia ‘Lois’, bred by...
Magnolia ‘Peachy’ and ‘Daybreak’

Magnolia ‘Peachy’ and ‘Daybreak’

Magnolia ‘Peachy’ and Magnolia ‘Daybreak’ – why the names of these two magnolias are confusing when you look at the reality of the flower colours. Charles Williams in the gardens at Caerhays getting confused himself about which one is next to view, and why these two...
Scented Rhododendrons at Caerhays

Scented Rhododendrons at Caerhays

Charles in the garden talking about the wonders of scented Rhododendrons, if only ‘smelly vision’ was possible. The have been in flower in the gardens at Caerhays over the past couple of months, they don’t all flower at the same time, but they all...
Magnolia ‘Tikitere’

Magnolia ‘Tikitere’

Charles Williams showing us the wonderful new flowers on this new hybrid from New Zealand by David Baldick. It’s a cross between Magnolia ‘Apollo’ and Magnolia ‘Vulcan’, and although this plant is only 3 years old it flowering very well....
Magnolia ‘Tropicana’ in flower this weekend

Magnolia ‘Tropicana’ in flower this weekend

I thought I would focus on the unusual Magnolia ‘Tropicana’. It is a very peculiar green/yellow and pink flowered hybrid between an American Magnolia acuminata ‘Fertile Myrtle’ and a Chinese Magnolia sprengeri ‘Divi’. When it first...
Stachyurus – A guide by Charles Williams

Stachyurus – A guide by Charles Williams

Stachyurus is a little appreciated shrub/tree in the UK which originates from China. It is similar to the hazel with catkin-like flowers in spring. Charles discusses Stachyurus chinensis, lancifolius, yunnanensis and praecox in the gardens at Caerhays.
In the Burncoose gardens

In the Burncoose gardens

Charles Williams discussing 3 plants in the Burncoose Gardens this weekend. The 30 acre Burncoose gardens are part of Burncoose Nurseries and Burncoose House. They are open to the public all year with free entry, however spring is the best time to visit them. They are...