31st December

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CHW 2015-
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CW 1940-1955

2016 – CHW
Our newish clump of Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’ is just about out. These plants were layers moved from the Rookery. Quite a bright colour on an overcast day but, as yet, unblemished by wind or frost.

Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Alongside it Camellia ‘Winton’ is still just in bud despite our seeing ‘Cornish Snow’ out yesterday. This is the pink Hillier’s cross the other way around from JC’s creation which is pure white (Camellia cuspidata x Camellia saluenensis).
Camellia ‘Winton’
Camellia ‘Winton’
Camellia ‘Winton’
Camellia ‘Winton’
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’ is rather drab beside ‘Winter Intruder’. Not as good a form as the one by the Lodge at Burncoose and pretty insipid really. One would only grow it to have a rhodo out on Christmas Day and it was not quite this year!
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’
Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’
The daffodils on the drive have grown several inches in the last week of mild, warm weather.
daffodils on the drive
daffodils on the drive
One poor flower is out at ground level on Camellia ‘Lady Clare’ by the front door. I think a little later than last year but need to check. No sign of colour on the two big plants under the two tallest Magnolia x veitchii.
Camellia ‘Lady Clare’
Camellia ‘Lady Clare’

2015 – CHW

New Years Eve – Heavy showers and rainbows but a chill in the air after lunch. Rhododendron ‘Chink’ was full out until the heave winds tore into it.

Rhododendron ‘Chink’
Rhododendron ‘Chink’

Strangely Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ is not showing colour and perhaps keeping to its normal early flowering season in late January or early February. Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ is coming out but the lower down flowers are small and poor.

Canellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’

Camellia x williamsii ‘Monica Dance’ is out at the top of the old plant in a similar fashion. Monica Dance grows outside the kitchen window at Burncoose and it is not that unusual for it to be in bloom by Christmas. Note the red flowered ‘sport’ on Monica.

Camellia Monica Dance
Camellia Monica Dance
Camellia Monica Dance
Camellia Monica Dance

Strange, is it not, that the camellias are sticking to their mild weather winter timetable but much else is not. Have they acclimatised to ‘climate change’ or is this the usual bollocks!The original Camellia x williamsii ‘Muskoka’ has one or two huge flowers below the Magnolia veitchii. My grandmother was born in Muskoka in northern Canada and my mother was evacuated there for the was which she hated.

Camellia x williamsii ‘Muskoka’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Muskoka’

A rush to get in before the next heavy shower. Early to bed and no alcohol!  Now back in full Christmas working mode.

2001 – FJW
Second night of hardish frost. Pond nearly completely frozen. Swans uncomfortable.

2000 – FJW
A very wet year ends with gale force winds and rain.

1999 – FJW
A very wet month.

1978 – FJW
Biggest amount of snow yet seen. No electricity, very cold – Caerhays cut off with a house full of DJW’s friends for New Year who eventually leave in a tractor and trailer through the snowdrifts for St Austell station.

1960 – FJW
Wettest year since 1877 and possibly 1852. Very fortunate in gale damage. Cam japonica Arijishi out in Greenhouse.

1958 – FJW
Very wet year. 40 year old rain record broken easily. Garden very much behind.

1945 – CW
Sent off to Munroes both white heath and Darleyense and some hundreds of single Camellias. J.C.W out also double white and a few other doubles out. Rho mucronulatum, Yellow Hammer, white double Azalea and bits of one yellow below Hovel road. Bits of Davidsonianum and Sutchuenense hybrids. No reds. Bits of Azalea Amoena and several Kurume.1940 – CW
Cold spell began and this cut all flowers and probably fuchsias very badly.

1939 – JCW
No sign of any blood reds. I picked a quite perfect bud of Magnolia delavayi next to the Tin Garden but all fuchsias gone with frost. No Camellia single flower touched except whites. Half the big double white brown.

1926 – JCW
Hamamelis mollis at its best. Mucronulatum opening. A good few blood red hybrids. Camellia sasanqua never half as good before.

1924 – JCW
Hamamelis mollis. Cotoneaster salicifolia and frigida good fruiting. Erica darleyense V.G and a few Primula Forrestii just show flowers. Caucasicums fair. Dutch Pearl opening. Mucronulatum moderate.

1917 – JCW
Much as in 1910 excepting Keysii, but it is very cold and has been for a fortnight. We have just put about 200 fine Chinamen in the Rookery. A Sechuen S divide Fortunei, Sinogrande, R rhaibocarpum, Fulvum, 3 Sutchuenense hybrids, big bloods of each, and a very cold start for them, also some Cornish Loderi.

1910 – JCW
Some roses left. Rho keysii open, several say 20% of the daffs up, rather less of the one year olds. Several lapagerias. Erica hybrida good. Rho nobleanum nice.

1897 – JCW
R royali opening. Daffs above ground.