An elderly survivor from JCW’s cherry collection still grows above the Four in Hand. Prunus autumnalis is not a large tree but, as is typical, its branches have cankerous growths which make them appear somewhat monstrous and matted. The flowers are sparse and not very noticeable but this is an 80 year old cherry at least. Most of what is sold today are the more impressive pink flowering form which would probably have been out several weeks before.
2015 – CHW
Boxing Day – still in bed and so also miss the family lunch. Christmas has totally passed me by this year. No comment necessary!
1991 – FJW
First flower on Gunroom door light Saluenensis.
1970 – FJW
First snow of winter and 8 degrees of frost.
1920 – JCW
Very little open because of the recent frost. Erica darleyense by far the best thin. Lapagerias and Cam sasanqua a few and odd bits of rhodo’s.
1917 – JCW
Mary, May, PM and I at Werrington for the third time and 41 children being very cold indeed. Here Mucronulatum and Hamamelis mollis are good.
1916 – JCW
Mary, May, PM and I at Werrington for the second time. The cold knocked all the flowers out at home but the first bud of Mucronulatum shows.
1915 – JCW
Mary, May, PM and I at Werrington for the first time.
1914 – JCW
All four boys away at the war. A few lapagerias and coums, a rose or two, and some flowers on one of the Thonsonii x Arboreum hybrids. This starts the rhodo season, though Nobleanum and Lutescens have been open for some time.
1913 – JCW
Many good roses, over 100 lapageria on the pillar plant. Clematis cirrhosa very good. Camellia sasanqua, some heaths nice. Sweet leaved geranium fairly good. C coum up. No daffs in flower. Solanum jasminoides very good. R nobleanum fair. No frost marks on the wall. Geraniums uncut.
1909 – JCW
A lot of frost in Nov and Dec, nothing much shows, but a few coums and lapageria and an odd rose. General Election.
1908 – JCW
Much as in 1907 but some bulbs are well on, from the 1 year old pans [?]. R nobleanum nice.
1907 – JCW
No frost yet, some gunnera have green leaves. C sasanqua moderate, a fair lot of roses, lapageria, and coums. Erica hardly open, geraniums fair, wall flowers starting.
1906 – JCW
Much as in 1905. Coums coming on. Cam sasanqua going over, has been very good. Roses some good yet snow but no real frost. Geraniums uncut.
1905 – JCW
Ericas open, C imperati just. Colour on the snowdrops. Frost and damp day stopped rose. Various Stylosa open, just a ting of colour. Lapagerias fair. Primroses moderate, a late year for them. C coum coming on well. Some aconite.
1898 – JCW
Crocus imperati open.
1897 – JCW
120 flowers open on the lapagerias. Charles saw the Lent Lilies breaking through the ground.