2023 – CHW
The gigantic cones on Araucaria angustifolia have just turned black and are now ripe but not yet disintegrating.
More North in the wind today and the first cold snap of winter well underway.New gutters up on the Tin Garden shed but still not connected to the new water tank?
Seedpods on Torreya taxifolia.
I had not noticed the attractive bark on a 25 to 30 year old Pseudopanax ferox. Looking in the latest RHS ‘Plantsman’ magazine they feature the bark of Pinus bungeana which has an equally attractive and not dissimilar patterning.
A few pale secondary flowers on Rhododendron augustinii which is quite a surprise for December.
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.
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.
First flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ by Tin Garden. None outside the front gate yet.
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).
1990 – FJW
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.