5th December

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2016 – CHW
Laurel cutting nearing completion above Rogers Quarry.

Laurel cutting
Laurel cutting
We have cut back hard one of the younger michelias encroaching over the Magnolia dealbata but I am not sure we have yet gone far enough. A pity to cut it but a question of priorities.
 younger michelias
younger michelias

2015 – CHW

The Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ hedge outside the Rockery has sprung out in the strong winds of the last 48 hours. Already blue tit damage can clearly be seen on some of the flowers.

Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ hedge
Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ hedge

Rhododendron mucronulatum is now full out at least a month early and perhaps the best show in the garden today.

Rhododendron mucronulatum
Rhododendron mucronulatum
Another very blustery day but still no rain. Forecasters wrong five days running.

1950 – CW
Took seedling Camellia from big quarry to R.H.S called November Pink – given an award. Out since October 1st flower – Taliensis no award. It is one of the most distinctive plants here and hardly anything better quality.

1933 – JCW
Some flowers on Prunus autumnalis, on caucasicum series not much. A very cold wind no real ice so far.

1929 – JCW
The worst wind smash in the New Planting we have ever known, in the big north end ⅓ to ½ of the conifers are uprooted and it will be long before we can clear it and see where we are. A further storm followed and brought more trees down in the Drive. We had about 14 inches of rain in the period of all Nov and 2 days of December. This rendered the trees weak in their roots.

1928 – JCW
Good lapagerias, fair Cam sasanquas. Blood red Arboreum x give us a bloom. The early blue stylosa is nice. Cotoneaster salicifolia is good. A few roses.

1925 – JCW
The east wind has gone for the first time, some lapagerias left but the pond was frozen over. I picked some Sutchuenense at the Engine House to open in water. Berberis polyantha is the only thing to talk about and the Stransvaesia fruit.

1917 – JCW
The plant of Moupinense is open.

1900 – JCW
Picked Stylosa alba and a Penzance briar, a big (record?) lot of rain for the last month.