2023 – CHW
The shortest day was damp and warm with strong NW winds overnight.
A fine cluster of berries on a young Pittosporum adaphniphylloides. Yellower than the ones in the Burncoose show tunnel which I photographed earlier in the autumn. These had an orange tinge.
Still flower buds today (despite all the earlier frost) on Lapageria rosea ‘Picotee’.
The grounded vessel never moved again and the remains of its shell can still just be seen today at low water from the cliffs above. Much of the metal infrastructure from the vessel was eventually salvaged by winch up over the cliff and the proceeds went to Caerhays Church.
Lizzie’s Mother, Alice Churton, died in Cheshire last Friday aged 97 so more chaos in the run up to 2022 with all the arrangements. Jamie has put up the signs at Top and Bottom Lodges heralding the opening of the gardens on 14th February 2022.
Camellia ‘Debutante’ with its first rather pale flowers near the Top Lodge.
A camellia wreath for Dad & Mum’s grave for Christmas.
Echium seedlings in the gravel. We have already lifted and potted a large number in case of frost.
The first (Spanish) bluebells break cover.
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.
A single red japonica of no great merit.
An early and unformed flower on Camellia ‘Adolphe Audusson’. Windblown I guess.
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).
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.