Hamamelis day in the nursery! Most varieties are just out in pots and rather splendid although more flowers to open on most. The nursery plants readily beat the garden ones which have yet to show.Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Rubin’ (small size catalogue plant and plant as you would order it today) – a new variety for us to stock which I saw as a large clump last spring at Rosemoor.
2015 – CHW
Continuing the theme of absurd things being out in late December we have:Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’ full out with a few leaves still on what may have once been a secondary flowering flush in September.
Rhododendron ‘Countess of Haddington’ is trying to come out four months early.
2000 – FJW
Cold spell started – south coast of Cornwall the mildest place to be.
1987 – FJW
Flowers on Cam George Blandford. November Pink well out.
1972 – FJW
Four days of gales.
No Camellia sasanqua open yet.
1931 – JCW
The first camellia speciosa is open today.
1930 – JCW
White Cam japonica has been open for a fortnight. H mollis is very good. Caucasicum venustum is good in the dwelling house. Some few flowers of Gordonia have been excellent.
1921 – JCW
The above camellia has been out a month also Thea 1, Thea 11. Speciosa, sasanqua and heaths very good indeed. R mucronulatum nice. Rho venustum good. R [?] fair. The Gordonia anomala is just going out of flower. Many daffs are up. Coums have been showing for a week.
1919 – JCW
The white camellia by the Engine House has a flower open. Hamamelis mollis is about at its best. Rho mucronulatum is very good indeed but it should be better presently.
1900 – JCW
C picked a snowdrop open.
1899 – JCW
Crocus imperati not open yet shows colour. Iris stylosa (two kinds) and Iris bakeriana open. Several roses yet.