In the red

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TO cel­e­brate the 100th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of the Rhodo­den­dron So­ci­ety, Caer­hays Cas­tle, Corn­wall, is in­tro­duc­ing a new va­ri­ety, Red Cen­tu­rion. Years in the mak­ing, the beau­ti­ful, deep-red bloom—a cross be­tween the El­iz­a­beth and Charles Michael va­ri­eties—has been of­fi­cially recog­nised and reg­is­tered with the RHS ahead of the gar­den’s re­open­ing on Fe­bru­ary 20 (www.caer­; 01872 501310).

The es­tate’s 120 acres are fa­mously home to more than 600 va­ri­eties of mag­no­lia, as well as camel­lias, aza­leas, ac­ers and ever­green oaks, many sourced by 19th-cen­tury plan­thunters in the re­mote moun­tain­ous re­gions of China.

The Rhodo­den­dron So­ci­ety—now called The Rhodo­den­dron, Camel­lia & Mag­no­lia Group—was jointly founded in 1916 by J. C. Wil­liams, the great-grand­fa­ther of the es­tate’s cur­rent owner, and Caer­hays’s Burn­coose Nurs­eries, from which dozens of va­ri­eties and hybrids are sold, is now one of the big­gest plant mail-or­der busi­nesses in the UK.

Good newts! Builders and am­phib­ians have reached a truce

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