22nd 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

2017 – CHW

The first (Spanish) bluebells break cover.

bluebells
bluebells
A single flower on a young Rhododendron neriiflorum. The old clump long dead.
Rhododendron neriiflorum
Rhododendron neriiflorum
The heather at the Four in Hand is full out. Is this a Lanarth bred cultivar?
heather
heather
heather
heather
Still a few pheasants left on the feed below Hovel Cart Road.
pheasants
pheasants
pheasants
pheasants
Full leaf still on Catalpa duclouxii.
Catalpa duclouxii
Catalpa duclouxii
Another windblown casualty 10 years or so after planting. The roots appear rotten. A malus species.
malus species
malus species
A single rogue flower on Rhododendron edgeworthii.
Rhododendron edgeworthii
Rhododendron edgeworthii
Astonishingly a letter from the RHS president arrives in the afternoon post advising me that the RHS council have decided to award me the Victoria Medal of Honour. Good party with Jaimie and all the gardeners. Cannot imagine how I qualify or who nominated me!

2016 – CHW
No rain at all today despite the threat of Hurricane Barbara hitting Scotland. Forecast hopelessly wrong all week and the fourth nearly dry day.So I attempt to photograph the first camellias out along the drive.The unnamed Camellia x williamsii above the Hovel is now shedding its first flush of flowers onto the newly swept drive.
unnamed Camellia x williamsii
unnamed Camellia x williamsii
unnamed Camellia x williamsii
unnamed Camellia x williamsii
First buds to show on Camellia ‘Tiffany’.
Camellia ‘Tiffany’
Camellia ‘Tiffany’
Camellia ‘Tiffany’
Camellia ‘Tiffany’

A single red japonica of no great merit.

single red japonica
single red japonica

An early and unformed flower on Camellia ‘Adolphe Audusson’. Windblown I guess.

Camellia ‘Adolphe Audusson’
Camellia ‘Adolphe Audusson’
Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ – yellow form also now has two single flowers above the Hovel and opposite the pink form.
Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ – yellow form
Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ – yellow form
Not as many out from perhaps 100 varieties along the side of the drive planted 10 to 12 years ago as we have sometimes come to expect.

2015 – CHW
The Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ by the side door is now nearly full out but no scent as yet in heavy rain (again).

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’
Foul day. Shooting cancelled to attend John Laity’s funeral at Germoe church. Feeling ill!

1985 – FJW
Serena [Williams] arrived and walked three steps.

1921 – JCW
Several Camellia sasanqua, Theifera A. Theifera B, Japonica various speciosa of Forrest’s. Gordonea anomala, some roses, Erica hybrida and codenodes. White australis, Hamamelis mollis very good. Rhodo mucronulatum nice. 4 kinds of Caucasicum.

1901 – JCW
A very few roses left. Coums coming on fast. A few Iris alata.

1900 – JCW
Didden [A M Williams] picked the first primrose.