7th December

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

2016 – CHW
Magnolia ‘Betty Jessel’ still in full leaf in early December!

Magnolia ‘Betty Jessel’
Magnolia ‘Betty Jessel’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’ still has a flower. Several seen through the autumn here and on another plant.
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’

2015 – CHW

Strong southerly wind biting into the castle but mild. Sea thunderous.Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Toughie’ is full out below the greenhouse. Clearly not so tough in a gale as in wind!

Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Toughie’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Toughie’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Toughie’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Winters Toughie’

Camellia sasanqua ‘Polar Ice’ has just one flower alongside it and is really rather nice.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Polar Ice’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Polar Ice’
Were it not for the fact that the Camellia x williamsii are currently rushing out these sasanquas might attract more attention. Only four or five varieties in this clump have yet flowered. Several still to go which is interesting.

2000 – FJW
Very wet and stormy indeed.

1984 – FJW
Flash (19) died today – a great companion for Philip Tregunna and CHW in the garden. Nice lot of November Pink and Nobleanum begins.

1966 – FJW
Peter saw two deer in the Church Town Field. November Pink out some which Taliensis good. 2 trees down in gales of a week ago. Bad smash in Rookery.

1963 – FJW
Average flowering year to date. Picked a nice vase of November Pink. Earliest Camellia was the one outside the front gate – been out for two weeks. Oleifera quite good considering the hard winter last year. Just beginning to get flower on Nobleanums on Drive. Turning colder.

1931 – JCW
Hamamelis just showing colour just as in 1930.1930 – JCW
One Maddeni at the brown gate, one Roylei picked. Hamamelis just show flowers. Some Neriiflorum open. Cam sasanqua give several flowers, also Camellia oleifera.1927 – JCW
A cold spell started now and broke on Dec 20th. It touched zero in some places, I saw an untouched Decorum bud and an untouched Camellia speciosa at the end of it (20th).1919 – JCW
The first Hamamelis and first Rho mucronulatum show colour. The Thomsonii x Arboreum also have flowers opening.

1913 – JCW
Good roses yet and so lapagerias. Rhodo micranthum good in 40 Acres. Cam sasanqua feels the wet, plenty of flowers if we had sun. Odd flowers of Rho lutescens and intricatum open.

1908 – JCW
Coums starting, roses nice very, small scarlet border geranium as good as it ever is, a wonderful autumn.

1907 – JCW
Cam sasanqua very good, coums coming on, roses are yet quite fair, no serious frost.

1900 – JCW
I saw the first coum. sasanqua at its best.