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

2018 – CHW (photos to follow)

If ever anyone needed proof of why the war on squirrels is so essential here is a perfect example. A young 25 to 30 year old beech tree completely destroyed by bark gnawing above the Auklandii Garden. The central leader to this tree will now fail. Even if it does not the tree trunk will have a fundamental weakness which will one day cause it to snap off. We have caught 80+ squirrels since mid-June but this is not enough to have saved this tree from this very recent damage. The tree will now have to be felled.

Sequoia sempervirens with pollen and flowers showing in December by Bramble Field Corner. An odd time for this to be performing! Jaimie cut a spray and brought it into the house for inspection as I might well not have believed him.

2017 – CHW

Two new plants for the soon to be published 2018 Burncoose catalogue and website.

Schefflera gracilis is a small growing shrub here with an extended flower spike and creamy white flowers. This is not a species yet in the garden at Caerhays so I wonder where this has sprung from? Perhaps our own propagation from a gift of cuttings? It appears more tender than some species but this may well not turn out to be true.

Schefflera gracilis
Schefflera gracilis
Schefflera gracilis
Schefflera gracilis
Schefflera gracilis
Schefflera gracilis
Schefflera gracilis
Schefflera gracilis
Schefflera taiwaniana we know to be perfectly hardy. It is already 15-20ft tall at Caerhays and multi stemmed. This species seems to flower with us either in late summer or in mid/late autumn. I am not really sure why but it does set copious seeds. Here a nice batch of young plants.
Schefflera taiwaniana
Schefflera taiwaniana

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