1st 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

2018 – CHW

Sorbus alnifolia (BSWJ 10948) holding its berries long after the leaves have fallen. They start orange and then turn red. Asia should collect some before the birds get there.

Sorbus alnifolia
Sorbus alnifolia
Sorbus alnifolia
Sorbus alnifolia
Next door Sorbus japonica (BSWJ 11048) has much larger fruits which are also orange then red when fully ripe. Plenty to collect here too although some are already browning off and dropping.
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
Further horrors! A youngish 2007 planted Magnolia ‘Apollo’ has several flowers out. They are stunted and frosted but I do not think these are secondary flowers. Yes they have been blown open a bit but all the buds look in the same state.
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
Magnolia ‘Apollo’
First flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’. The same old and fairly recently cut down plant as was first out last year. A week ago nothing but suddenly plenty of flowers some of which have been cut for the house.
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’

2017 – CHW
This Mahonia japonica was trimmed back hard from the path a year or so ago. Full of new growth and flowers today. Still not quite full out. Flowers a delicate gentle yellow and pendulous not upright.

Mahonia japonica
Mahonia japonica
Mahonia japonica
Mahonia japonica
Mahonia japonica
Mahonia japonica
Mahonia japonica
Mahonia japonica
First flower out on Vinca major growing under and through Picea omorika. Once there was a clump of Magnolia grandiflora here which died of cold but the vinca survived.
Vinca major
Vinca major
Final flowers just coming out on Verbena bonariensis.This is the last stem left in the clump flowering. First flowers in August. What a show for any plant!
Verbena bonariensis
Verbena bonariensis
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ just beginning to turn colour and drop its leaves. It may well be out in flower in only eight weeks’ time. Not much of a winter break for this tree!
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’

2016 – CHW
The old clumps of Erica arborea are nearly full out on the middle bank as usual. The ones at the Four in Hand have been out for a few weeks already.
Erica arborea
Erica arborea
Erica arborea
Erica arborea
Nearby the men have downed another row of leylandii and bay trees below the greenhouses to let in more light. A good fire.
A good fire
A good fire
A good fire
A good fire
The new medlar has lost its leaves but not yet its fruit. The plaque is now installed on a stone above it and looks fine.
new medlar
new medlar
plaque
plaque

2015 – CHW

Weather forecast wrong yet again and no rain (like yesterday)! The dying aucuba windbreak above Bond Street has been cut back hard but it will probably have to be ripped out before the year is out.

aucuba windbreak
aucuba windbreak
The leaves on the sides of the drive have been half done about a fortnight earlier than usual. This tedious and time consuming job takes three men about three weeks. It looks really good however when finished until the wind blows again.

1940 – CW
First Sutchuenense hybrids out also Arboreum thomsonii x. Camellia sasanqua, double white, speciosa and its light and dark pink hybrids, also Oleifera very good. Some fuchsias still nice. Erica hybrida out and the yellow Maddeni we have had several vases here for a week.

1926 – JCW
Lapagerias remain nice and C sasanqua are good yet, no real frost above the top terrace so far. Daffs just show a little. Some Iris stylosa. Several Maddeni hybrids show.

1906 – JCW
Some lapagerias very good. C sasanqua at its best. Solanum and rose, Papa Gontier, hold on.