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

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.