16th December

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

2016 – CHW
Euphorbia mellifera is shedding its old yellow leaves by the library window. Very attractive and not seen before.Two echiums have died without flowering in their second year. Others look fit to flower next year.

Euphorbia mellifera
Euphorbia mellifera
Euphorbia mellifera
Euphorbia mellifera
Cotoneaster horizontalis has a fine show of autumn colour now the berries have gone.
Cotoneaster horizontalis
Cotoneaster horizontalis
Cotoneaster horizontalis
Cotoneaster horizontalis
Echinops battanicus still has a surviving pale blue flower and a couple of buds still to come if we remain frost free. Unusual!
Echinops battanicus
Echinops battanicus

2015 – CHW

Ginkgo biloba is just passing its best colour. Despite all the wind the ‘yellow’ has held for several weeks.

Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba

The unnamed Camellia x williamsii is now full out.

unnamed Camellia x williamsii
unnamed Camellia x williamsii

So is the Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ hedge outside the Rockery.

Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ hedge
Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ hedge
You can just see my old dog, Rio, taking himself down to the beach to see if any of his girlfriends are there rather than coming shooting. Sex before work! Last Saturday he missed the departure of the guns trailer for the same reason and was very contrite at lunch. All the dogs are exhausted but never too tired for a bit of bitching. Saturday’s mob were a bit like that too by the look of them and I am not referring to complaints.
Rio, taking himself down to the beach
Rio, taking himself down to the beach

1984 – FJW
Very bad storms all day – Porth Luney beach enlarged – early Williamsii splendid.

1934 – JCW
Most of the lapagerias are away for the most. We put 150 small tree ferns in the nearest quarry to the castle, it was mainly done by a man in the house.

1928 – JCW
A bud of Eriogynum opening in the Hall. C speciosa opening and a few Cam sasanqua left. Hamamelis mollis ½ open. Flowers on the white C japonica Dutch Pearl shows colour.

1927 – JCW
A good few lapagerias flowers, several Rho sulfureum and lutescens, and then odds and ends of rhodo’n. A very harsh wind, next to no frost.

1926 – JCW
Hardish frost last night. Cam sasanqua holds yet. Cotoneaster salicifolia is very good indeed but requires a sunny day.

1907 – JCW
Camellia sasanqua remains, no real frost, solanum quite fair, a fair lot of daffs of all ages have moved up.

1906 – JCW
Several coums open, a good few daffs up.

1897 – JCW
Jack [Williams] picked the first wild primrose.