This weekend I went to Cornwall to visit two great gardens. The first one was Caerhays and it was literally paradise. The garden is only open from February to June, so by late March it was in peak season. The entire garden was a jungle of hundreds of magnolias, camellias, and rhododendrons in full bloom! Everything was lush and blooming and the air was intensely fragrant- It was amazing.
This was one of the most amazing parts of the entire garden. A very early clematis (possibly a pink armandii? It was evergreen and had a similar flower) blooming with a camellia. The look was very similar to the classic rose and clematis combination that happens in summer. It was thrilling to see it happening early spring on evergreen plants.
Magnolia x Wieseneri
As I was off trail wandering along a closed pathway, I suddenly emerged on a hillside, looking down on this glowing beauty. I kind of imagined being in China and suddenly coming upon this incredible specimen. It seemed like this plant was planted to its greatest advantage. The air was full of its scent and I started dreaming up ways to grow this magnificent tree in Vermont.
This was another favorite part of the garden. One the left is Acer negundo 'violaceum', in the middle is Magnolia Sargentina 'Robusta' x (same as one previously, but crossed with) Sprengeri diva 'JC Williams', and on the right is Magnolia kern kobus var. Toebneri 'Merrill.'
I could live with that....