25th 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
So what do we find out in flower on an exceptionally mild Christmas Day? As children we often played this game collecting different camellia flowers. We once got to nearly 100 with my brother. Now a grandchild on the way so we can all begin again.A fully grown and full out campion below White Styles. Cor!

campion
campion
campion
campion
The unnamed Camellia x williamsii clump outside the front gate is full out and the best thing in the garden today.
unnamed Camellia x williamsii clump
unnamed Camellia x williamsii clump
unnamed Camellia x williamsii clump
unnamed Camellia x williamsii clump
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ with buds opening all over the huge clump. Only one branch had premature flowers four to six weeks ago.
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’
Four young Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ still full out and very fine in the sun.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’
The first spring Cyclamen coum flower on the bank amid an array of leaves. A new self-sown clump here.
Cyclamen coum
Cyclamen coum
Several flowers on several of the Magnolia grandifloras. Not unusual in recent mild winters but unbelievable to previous generations.
Magnolia grandifloras
Magnolia grandifloras
Daphne bholua ‘Alba’ nearly out by the greenhouses – not unusual.
Daphne bholua ‘Alba’
Daphne bholua ‘Alba’
Daphne bholua ‘Alba’
Daphne bholua ‘Alba’
Camellia hiemalis ‘Yuletide’ – but of course! It is in a pot under cover but even so!
Camellia hiemalis ‘Yuletide’
Camellia hiemalis ‘Yuletide’
Camellia hiemalis ‘Bonanza’ virtually over.
Camellia hiemalis ‘Bonanza’
Camellia hiemalis ‘Bonanza’
A few flowers still left after the leaves have long gone on Fuchsia magellanica ‘Alba’.
Fuchsia magellanica ‘Alba’
Fuchsia magellanica ‘Alba’
The ground below the original Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ is covered in white petals but there are still more than plenty flowers left.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’
Many small birds are singing are singing away in the stillness as if it were already spring. A pleasant and hopeful Christmas day. I would love to compare this all with what other readers of this blog have found today?

2015 – CHW
Christmas Day – plans to photograph every camellia in flower today (and pick one of each as my brother and I did in our childhood) abandoned as still in bed! Missed all the festivities entirely!

Floods in Lancashire and York. Heavy rain here mainly overnight but nothing exceptional.

2002 – FJW
Flowers on wall of Magnolia delavayi.

1964 – FJW
The day whitened up considerably in the afternoon.

1961 – FJW
CHW did his first big job with his father in EPR’s quarry.

1904 – JCW
Crocus imperati open. November frost left very few lapagerias. Rest as above but no aconite.1903 – JCW
C imperati open fairly well, a snowdrop or two, 50 lapageria on the winter plant. Erica open, some roses, Nobleanum open for three weeks, an aconite out, a wild primrose, daff seeds hardly any but Maximus blood moving.

1902 – JCW
C imperati nearly open. Galanthus nearly. About 100 lapageria on the pillar plant. Some Erica nearly open. Several roses going yet and a very fair lot of buds in the roses. This years daff seed is slow in starting. Nobleanum out a week.

1901 – JCW
The first imperati nearly open. About 40 lapagerias on one plant, frost has hit them very hard. Not many roses. Some I stylosa alba and alata. Hardly any moved bulbs show but several perhaps nearly all the unmoved. Erica arborea in flower.

1900 – JCW
Many Stylosa alba open. 80 lapageria on one plant. Coum one third open. Erica arborea in flower. Picked a good Mrs W.J Grant. Several bits of roses. A fair lot of daffs up, a sprinkling in the seedling pans. Crocus imperati open.

1899 – JCW
Several Stylosa open. 150 lapageria out on one plant. A great number of daffs above ground though most of them are moved bulbs. Several nice roses. C coum one or two in flower.

1898 – JCW
About 300 lapagerias out. G found Lent Lilies breaking up. Berberis [?]. Habrothamnus out. C picked a big bunch of Scilly White.

1897 – JCW
Many daffs through ‘37’ of the new ones. Crocus imperati still good. Many camellias, a good few roses. Some snowdrops well open. Iris stylosa and bakeriana.