8th 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

2018 – CHW

A quick trip to Burncoose but it was pouring with rain so little photography was possible.

A new Clematis cirrhosa ‘Landsdowne Gem’ had recently arrived from Javado nurseries in Holland. The plant label shows the flowers as being red but the reality is that they are a purple on the inside and not red. The flowers hang down on long pendulous stalks and the colour on the inside of the petals is therefore difficult to see. A new plant for the Burncoose website in due course and an interesting new form of C. cirrhosa. Clearly the plants have been forced in a glasshouse but I assume that the flowers would be out by now anyway.

Clematis cirrhosa ‘Landsdowne Gem’
Clematis cirrhosa ‘Landsdowne Gem’
Clematis cirrhosa ‘Landsdowne Gem’
Clematis cirrhosa ‘Landsdowne Gem’
Clematis cirrhosa ‘Landsdowne Gem’
Clematis cirrhosa ‘Landsdowne Gem’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’ is now full out and beginning to look as attractive as ever.
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Plenty of seeds on the Corokia buddleioides which are not quite yet ripe.
Corokia buddleioides
Corokia buddleioides
The leaf sweeping and leaf blowing on the drive is now well over half way.
leaf sweeping and leaf blowing on the drive
leaf sweeping and leaf blowing on the drive
leaf sweeping and leaf blowing on the drive
leaf sweeping and leaf blowing on the drive

2017 – CHW
It really is winter now and chilly today with everything looking a bit frumped up. Still some tail end autumn colour though despite the time of the year!Styrax japonicus ‘Pendulus’ is still quite a show with its trailing branches.
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendulus’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendulus’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendulus’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendulus’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendulus’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendulus’
First flowers on the elderly Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ a bit battered by wind and frost. Time for a hard pruning for this plant I feel. It is not so different from Camellia ‘Caerhays’ but the centre is bolder and with different tints of colour.
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Odd leaf colours on Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’. Both greenish and brown leaves holding well on the tree. Not seen it do this before and attractive in mid December.
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’
Magnolia obovata ‘Pink Flush’

2016 – CHW
First flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ by Tin Garden. None outside the front gate yet.
Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’
Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’
The unnamed x williamsii hybrids below are well out now too as usual just below.
unnamed x williamsii hybrids
unnamed x williamsii hybrids
unnamed x williamsii hybrids
unnamed x williamsii hybrids

2015 – CHW

The nerine bed has only a very few flowers and they are both late and a rather insipid pink this year. Much paler than I remember them. Over use of weedkiller when dormant perhaps? I looked up the old planting records and Camellia ‘Noblissima’ and Camellia ‘Lady Clare’ came here in 1895. Clearly they were planted side by side outside the front door so C ‘Noblissima’ (or possibly ‘Sodegasuki’) is the correct name and not Camellia Gauntlettii).

nerine bed
nerine bed

1990 – FJW
Snow.

1967 – FJW
Fairly heavy snow. Oleifera and November Pink began at end of November.

1962 – FJW
Very late – no Oleifera and no November Pink. Hartia good, there have been gales about one every three weeks but in between dry and cold.

1960 – FJW
Flower on Praevernum.

1932 – JCW
The best autumn colour I have ever seen here. The hybrid cherries near Barbatums are the best bits, the Eucryphia pinnatifolia and then Wilson’s Acer 4102.1916 – JCW
Rho micranthum is quite nice in 40 Acres.