27th August

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
CH Williams Profile Picture
CHW 2015-
JC Williams Profile Picture
JCW 1897-1939
C Williams Profile Picture
CW 1940-1955

2019 – CHW

Some website videos in the bag today with Karol of drying hydrangea flowers to preserve their colours for winter decorations and flower arrangements. Basically you need to wait before cutting until the flower colours have faded and discoloured. If you cut flowers in their full normal colour they will dry off as brown rather than retaining the unusual dappled colours as the flowers fade out.

The flowers on Hydrangea ‘Mme E Mouilliere’ have faded nicely to greenish white and are ready to cut for drying. Avoid the odd pure white flower that is still full out.

Hydrangea ‘Mme E Mouilliere’
Hydrangea ‘Mme E Mouilliere’
Hydrangea ‘Mme E Mouilliere’
Hydrangea ‘Mme E Mouilliere’
Hydrangea ‘Mme E Mouilliere’
Hydrangea ‘Mme E Mouilliere’
Hydrangea ‘Mme E Mouilliere’
Hydrangea ‘Mme E Mouilliere’
A pinkish then changing to purple hydrangea that has now faded to exquisite combinations of bluish-green or speckled reddish-green on different flowers on the same bush. These too are perfect for drying to preserve these wonderful assorted colours. The reddish-green ones are from full sun while the bluish green flowers were in more shade. Again avoid the few flowers still showing their original and correct flower colours.
pinkish then changing to purple hydrangea
pinkish then changing to purple hydrangea
pinkish then changing to purple hydrangea
pinkish then changing to purple hydrangea
pinkish then changing to purple hydrangea
pinkish then changing to purple hydrangea
pinkish then changing to purple hydrangea
pinkish then changing to purple hydrangea
This blue flowering hydrangea already has flower heads which have dried off and gone brown. However it also has plenty that have turned bluish-green and are perfect for cutting and drying for Christmas decorations. If dried correctly the colours will stay and you will not need spray paint or sparkle to use them to their full potential.
blue flowering hydrangea
blue flowering hydrangea
blue flowering hydrangea
blue flowering hydrangea
blue flowering hydrangea
blue flowering hydrangea
blue flowering hydrangea
blue flowering hydrangea

2018 – CHW
Schefflera aff. mynocarpa has a flower head forming late in the year as it did last year.

Schefflera aff. mynocarpa
Schefflera aff. mynocarpa
Schefflera pauciflora next door already has well-formed seed heads.
Schefflera pauciflora
Schefflera pauciflora
Schefflera pauciflora
Schefflera pauciflora
It is a tall plant with a straight stem that is now producing side shoots.
tall plant
tall plant
tall plant
tall plant
2016 planted Tilia endochrysea has survived the drought with quite a bite of slug damage on the leaves. Quite dull now and not much like an obvious tilia leaf at this stage in the year.
Tilia endochrysea
Tilia endochrysea
Tilia endochrysea
Tilia endochrysea
Vaccinum megaphyllum (from Rod White) has seed clusters which are now setting.
Vaccinum megaphyllum
Vaccinum megaphyllum

2017 – CHW
More seed questing.

Schefflera pauciflora has its first ripening seed clusters. A good colour! Nearly ready to collect.

Schefflera pauciflora
Schefflera pauciflora
Schefflera pauciflora
Schefflera pauciflora
Magnolia nitida has well formed seed heads this year although they are nearly all high up the tree. Nothing last year so Asia needs to collect what she can later with the long handled pruners when ripe. Six to eight weeks away from being ripe I guess.
Magnolia nitida
Magnolia nitida
We have to collect 170 Magnolia sieboldii seeds for a magnolia research project. Although there are still (amazingly) a few flowers showing there is also a plethora of seed pods on this tree. Some ripe and showing orange seeds. Some less so but what a sight this tree is today!
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
Magnolia sieboldii
A few seeds on Ligustrum confusum (Record Tree) which will go black when ripe. Worth collecting I think so will talk to Asia.
Ligustrum confusum
Ligustrum confusum
Schefflera alpina also has a small seed cluster on a young plant. Quite different in colour to S. pauciflora.
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
An elderly Rhododendron hookeri with attractive peeling bark which I had not taken in before. There are hairs on the leaf veins and at the base of the leaves. The bark is very similar to Rhododendron thompsonii in the way it colour and peels.
Rhododendron hookeri
Rhododendron hookeri
Rhododendron hookeri
Rhododendron hookeri

2016 – CHW
The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust clay shoot attracted 120 entries on a fine and relaxed day. Here are a few pictures to record the event. Tom Williams won the junior trophy. His father and uncle were less successful!

clay shoot
clay shoot
clay shoot
clay shoot
clay shoot
clay shoot
clay shoot
clay shoot

2015 – CHW
The row of hydrangeas which Jaimie planted for Alison along the roadside above Top Lodge are making a real show.

1993 – FJW
Rob Williams [FJW’s elder brother] died.

1918 – JCW
The cyclamen are nice, the hydrangeas are fair, roses fair, there is not much else but say bits of species of rhodo show some flowers.

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