14th December

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

2016 – CHW
Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ just out through the arch. A little late this year.

Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’
Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’
The elderly clump of Rhododendron mucronulatum is also out nearby. About its usual timing.
Rhododendron mucronulatum
Rhododendron mucronulatum
Rhododendron mucronulatum
Rhododendron mucronulatum

2015 – CHW

Big tidy up in the Auklandii Garden underway with tree pruning, camellia pollarding and removal of deads. The large yew has been pollarded too, about 20 years since I last remember it being done. Lots more light for other things to grow better without letting in the wind.

tidy up in the Auklandii Garden
tidy up in the Auklandii Garden
tidy up in the Auklandii Garden
tidy up in the Auklandii Garden
large yew
large yew

1934 – JCW
I saw two Camellia speciosa buds showing flowers. So far no frost, no big wind smash, but it has been very rude weather.

1933 – JCW
Just the hardest frost I can remember, I expect all the fuchsias are dead and the flower buds in all our soft rhodo’s.

1932 – JCW
Erica darleyense is starting to open, had a record smash for one tree’s work on the Engine House nursery.

1926 – JCW
No Erica darleyense yet. Hamamelis mollis ¼ open, the rest much as in 1922, the Maddeni hybrid in particular.

1922 – JCW
Erica darleyense, Berberis polyantha, Cotoneaster salicifolia are the best things and a nice lot of flower on one. R cyanocarpum and one Maddeni x Roylei, this last has been out for six weeks.

1919 – JCW
Some Hamamelis is in full flower. Clematis cirrhosa is open well.