3rd December

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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2016 – CHW
First few flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’. We have seen earlier but a cold east wind these last two days.

Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’

Camellia ‘Jurys Yellow’ will soon be out as well above the Auklandii Garden.

Camellia ‘Jurys Yellow’
Camellia ‘Jurys Yellow’

2015 – CHW

A rough windy day but none of the rain again forecast by day.The Rhododendron nobleanums are now full out on the drive and making quite a decent display. No sign yet of its lovely hybrid, ‘Winter Intruder’, though.

Rhododendron nobleanums
Rhododendron nobleanums
The unnamed x williamsii camellia opposite is now full out but its three neighbours are not in the same hedge. Normally they all come together. Quite a show on the drive which attracts comment from our shooting parties who ask if this is all early. ‘Not really’ is the answer although this has been the mildest of autumns. We often think that a cold snap vernalises camellias into flower quicker than prolonged mild. Rather like the snowdrops.
unnamed x williamsii camellia
unnamed x williamsii camellia
Still only one solitary flower on Camellia ‘Gauntlettii’ by the front door. After a visit to the nursery I wonder if this is in fact Camellia ‘Noblissima’? The family have always called it ‘Sodegasuki’ which I may have interpreted as ‘Sodekakushi’ (ie ‘Gauntlettii’). The two are similar and ‘Gauntlettii’ is described as a ‘weak’ grower which would certainly fit but ‘Noblissima’ is described as ‘very early’ (for a Camellia japonica cultivar). If the camellia ‘bible’, which is currently at Burncoose, says ‘Sodegasuki’ is another name for ‘Noblissima’ this solves the puzzle. If not then this very ancient original japonica cultivar remains a puzzle or perhaps the family have promulgated the wrong name? When it is fully out we can ‘go compare’ on other websites.
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Camellia ‘Gauntlettii’
Camellia ‘Gauntlettii’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
These three pictures [from gardenruminations.wordpress.com] make it clear it is Camellia ‘Noblissima’ but you can see how the confusion has arisen.

1974 – FJW
Potatoes at last in ground. Very wet year.

1950 – CW
Snow and some frost. Not bad so far. A few Saluenensis hybrids out and Taliensis. Hardly any rhodo’s. Some fuchsias and lapageria.

1949 – CW
Camellia sasanqua still very good also Oleifera. Big quarry early pink been out for 3 weeks, also Engine House double white. Lapagerias good, some fuchsias still nice. Rho lutescens a lot out and very many other odd bits. Yellow Hammer good. Large vases of pink and yellow Maddeni hybrids in the hall. Leaves by no means all off. White heath very nice.

1934 – JCW
Lapagerias have some flowers. Camellia sasanqua several also.

1930 – JCW
No real frost yet. Camellia sasanqua, Christmas camellia all with flowers, also lapageria and some fuchsias. Erica darleyense in flower and some Rho lutescens and neriiflorum.

1925 – JCW
Frost on and off for a good many nights, today it’s right across the pond. Berberis polyantha is far the best thing we have.