21st 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 young Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ – pink form has two flowers out on the drive today. The mature clump in the garden has yet to show.

Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ – pink form
Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ – pink form
Rhododendron nobleanum is now full out and splendid on the drive but slightly battered by wind and frost. Exactly on time I guess.
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Opposite it Rhododendron ‘Emma Williams’ is demonstrating that it is semi-deciduous but laden with bud for next spring.
Rhododendron ‘Emma Williams’
Rhododendron ‘Emma Williams’
Rhododendron ‘Emma Williams’
Rhododendron ‘Emma Williams’

2015 – CHW

The darker form of the original Forrest Camellia saluenensis is now full out outside the ladies’ loo while its lighter counterpart next door has already shed most of its flush of flowers in the wind. Plenty of that in another drab week of gales, wind and no sun.

Camellia saluenensis
Camellia saluenensis
Camellia saluenensis
Camellia saluenensis
Soaked to the skin on a family day’s shooting. Wonderful day for those who could stick it out.

1932 – JCW
Fuchsias are nearly over from the wind. Hydrangeas are fair. Hamamelis mollis is very good indeed. 40-50 lapagerias under the bathroom window.

1927 – JCW
Our cold wind with zero in E and N England turned to S.W for the time. Flowers as above in 1920.

1920 – JCW
The frost left yesterday and Rho moupinense showed colour at once. Some lapagerias and Camellia sasanqua retain a few flowers.

1916 – JCW
A recent hard frost has cut away all kinds of blooms.

1914 – JCW
Some coums show, also some Cam sasanqua, lapagerias,. Rhodo’s lutescens, mucronulatum, nobleanum, keysii, thomsonii show bits of flowers.

1908 – JCW
Some coums, some polyanthus and blue primulas.

1903 – JCW
Coums begin to look well, three or four polyanthus daffs open, and have been some of them since October. Cam sasanqua just over, a few lapageria and some tame primrose.