30th December

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2018 – CHW

I have worried for the last few years that our young Manglietia decidua (Magnolia decidua) was wrongly named as, even a month ago, it certainly did not look deciduous. I need not have worried! The plant has yet to flower as has the one at Burncoose.

Manglietia decidua
Manglietia decidua
Manglietia decidua
Manglietia decidua
An unusual event! A full flush of light pink buds and flowers on the elderly quince (Chaenomales speciosa?) while the large yellow fruits remain unblemished on the spreading shrub. Attractive today.
elderly quince (Chaenomales speciosa?)
elderly quince (Chaenomales speciosa?)
elderly quince (Chaenomales speciosa?)
elderly quince (Chaenomales speciosa?)
elderly quince (Chaenomales speciosa?)
elderly quince (Chaenomales speciosa?)
First flowers on what may be Camellia cuspidata or is it in fact Camellia lutchuensis? We played this game last spring but even though I now have the Chinese book on Species of the Genus Camellia (coedited by Dr Clifford Parks) it is still very hard to make sense of the descriptions. This plant was supposedly collected by Col Toots Williams while he was stationed in Hong Kong but neither species originate there. Tom Hudson needs a further look at this plant and I need to look at our other C. cuspidata and our Camellia tsaii as well perhaps as Camellia taliense (or what we think is C. taliense). I also need to reread the diary notes from last year from Tregrehan. There are 32 camellia species in the series Thea (ie tea) which are very similar in flower in the Chinese masterpiece.
Camellia cuspidata or is it in fact Camellia lutchuensis?
Camellia cuspidata or is it in fact Camellia lutchuensis?
Camellia cuspidata or is it in fact Camellia lutchuensis?
Camellia cuspidata or is it in fact Camellia lutchuensis?
Camellia cuspidata or is it in fact Camellia lutchuensis?
Camellia cuspidata or is it in fact Camellia lutchuensis?
Camellia cuspidata or is it in fact Camellia lutchuensis?
Camellia cuspidata or is it in fact Camellia lutchuensis?

2017 – CHW
Another filthy wet day with heavy rain in the afternoon but milder.

The Rhododendron nobleanum clumps do not all flower at once and more nice undamaged flowers here just emerging by the drive.

Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Cornus capitata above Bond Street still in nearly full green leaf.
Cornus capitata
Cornus capitata
First couple of flowers on Camellia ‘Debbie’.
Camellia ‘Debbie’
Camellia ‘Debbie’
The first snowdrops break cover and show a little colour.
snowdrops
snowdrops
The wild daffodils by the Four in Hand are at about the same stage.
wild daffodils
wild daffodils
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ is a really good thing. Wonderful dark red.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’
The big gingko has finally shed all its leaves.
gingko
gingko

2016 – CHW
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’ full out below Slip Rail. Rather later out than last year. The other larger plants have yet to show.
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
The main clump of Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ – yellow form – has a few flowers on the Main Ride. Nothing much yet though. The pictures I took are completely out of focus!
Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’
Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’

2015 – CHW

A hurricane force start to the day followed by the rain in mountains before clearing in the afternoon.Surprisingly little damage for such an extreme roar of the wind which sounded like the January 1990 hurricane.

One 20 foot Camellia reticulata and a similar sized evergreen oak have gone over but no big trees can I find as yet anyway. Twigs, branches and debris on all the paths. Perhaps we were lucky.

The unnamed Camellia x williamsii and saluenensis hybrids below Tin Garden are nearly over or have blown away.

unnamed Camellia x williamsii
unnamed Camellia x williamsii

1993 – FJW
Wettest day here after a very wet year. Worst flooding seen in Portholland Valley. But they know where to build houses.

1963 – FJW
Mild weather returned after cold snap with ice on 3/4 of pond.

1912 – JCW
(Handwritten note attached to Garden Book page)H.A.C Algeanas, Spain,
‘Went riding as usual searching all the time in the hills for a white form of Australis; luck favoured me and I found a good plant of it. Naturally we shall take some home. Father has been mad keen to get it’.
(Bob’s entry in his diary of his finding the white Erica australis).1911 – JCW
Clematis cirrhosa is good, some fair Camellia sasanqua left, ordinary camellias showing about. Iris stylosa coming out well and Iris alata. R nobleanum open well, a flower or two of Rho yunnanense. Snowdrops 2 or 3 just show colour. Many daffs up in Tin Garden. C coum over ⅓ open. Erica codonodes very good.1900 – JCW
I picked the first flower of Minimus.