15th December

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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
The two young Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigatas’ are now full out in the sun.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigatas’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigatas’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigatas’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigatas’
One can only marvel at the Ginkgo biloba as its astonishing show this year finally drops. Eight weeks of splendour!
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
Magnolia dawsoniana still has most of its leaves which are nicely coloured in the sun.
Magnolia dawsoniana
Magnolia dawsoniana
Magnolia dawsoniana
Magnolia dawsoniana
Fuchsia gracilis still has a few flowers left after the leaves have fallen. Not the only fuchsia still out by any means!
Fuchsia gracilis
Fuchsia gracilis
2015 – CHW
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ is out outside the front gate. Two youngish plants. No hint of pink in the buds as there should be but no buds left. There is a very old plant of this on the top wall which has mottled pink flowers or pink blotches and a nice scent. This is not out yet but John Bond, former keeper of the gardens at Windsor, said this is the true form of ‘Narumigata’ and the plants sold today are imposters.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’

2000 – FJW
Lukay Lu taken away [by the police but he returns a few months later and is jumped on eating a mole hill – ie earth – at the Top Lodge by gardeners].

1979 – FJW
A very bad storm (wind 120mph). Burncoose a disaster area with the centre of the Drive flattened. Many trees down here. No electric for 36 hours.

1961 – FJW
J.C.W beginning – camellias early. Mucronulatum not yet out. Cold now.

1957 – FJW
Very early year but cold weather now seems to be on way. Sasanquas over. Engine House Camellia white over, but white cam by front door just coming. Storm damage to Reticulata above Beards House and beech tree down in Beech Walk. 6 – 8 Saluenensis and Camellias out. Mucronulatum by brown gate nearly over.

1931 – JCW
Much as in 1915, the Japanese honeysuckle is very good indeed and has no rival. Some wonderful Gordonia flowers are open. Few of the new fuchsias hold on, a good few fuchsia but no gardenias.

1915 – JCW
C sasanqua has several flowers open, no real show on it this year. Lapagerias are fair. Erica hybrida has begun. A small flower or two of Rho mucronulatum.

1902 – JCW
Some quite good Crimson Rambler now. A few Stylosa, several coums, Camellia sasanqua yet.

1900 – JCW
Returned from Smithfield, a great move in the daffs in the pans and also in the Tin Garden. The first big move above ground that we have had. Several coums open.