2017 – CHW (photos to follow)
Here is Isla Rose standing on her hind legs for the first time aged seven months. I am not ashamed to be a rather proud grandfather but am doing my planting bit for her to enjoy in 30 years’ time or sooner! More dreckly!
A new evergreen plant to us in flower – Dasyphyllum diacanthoides. Very odd flowers which look a lot like Illicium flowers. Not in Hillier’s or New Trees no nothing to find out other than what I see.
First few flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’. We have seen earlier but a cold east wind these last two days.
Camellia ‘Jurys Yellow’ will soon be out as well above the Auklandii Garden.
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.
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.