9th 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

I had been expecting to find Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’ out for a week or two but had missed these two elderly, gnarled and partly cut back plants below Slip Rail. Large flowers on the younger cut back new growth with blue tit damage obvious on some. A little browning from frost. Other plants elsewhere in the garden still to show.

Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Carpinus kawakamii proving yet again that it is an evergreen species with us. Reddish new growth already evident and not a hint of leaf turn or yellowing.
Carpinus kawakamii
Carpinus kawakamii
Carpinus kawakamii
Carpinus kawakamii
Good bit of ivy pruning on sycamore trees nearby and the right time of the year to catch up on this for the odd hour. Very satisfying to see the ground littered with green leaves and the dying process well underway. Plenty more to do nearby in Tin Garden but here I suppose it is actually breaking a bit of wind chill for the top of the garden.
ivy pruning
ivy pruning
ivy pruning
ivy pruning

2016 – CHW
One always thinks there is ‘nothing’ out in December but forgets Arbutus unedo is full out now.
Arbutus unedo
Arbutus unedo
Pity the heat from a fire has killed this rhododendron in the Auklandii Garden. Rather too close to the action!
heat from a fire has killed this rhododendron
heat from a fire has killed this rhododendron
heat from a fire has killed this rhododendron
heat from a fire has killed this rhododendron
Most of the cutting back and tidying programme for this autumn is now complete with plenty of stumps for the digger. A very good, quick and efficient performance by the team. Now a wasted fortnight on the leaves on the drive.

2015 – CHW

Heavens what a show! Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’ may only have one flower on the castle wall but, in more shelter, above the Auklandii Garden a display which makes one think spring is here. This clump was cut back five to seven years ago and has prospered with simply huge flowers. Much bigger than on a mature plant which had not been pruned hard.

Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Beside it the huge original 1920s clump of Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ is coming out at the top. This lot needs a hefty prune back soon and this is on the work list.
Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’
Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’
Blue tits faced with rather too much choice here to do any real damage to quite so many blooms all out at once.

1968 – FJW
November Pink well and truly loaded.

1951 – CW
Everything late. Cam oleifera good – November Pink has about 20 flowers and 2 vases in hall. Cam sasanqua almost over. One double white – no others out. A few bits of Rho Yellow Hammer and others but no Auriculatum hybrids left. Some coum cyclamen and a couple of flowers of early white polyanthus daffodil. None others any bud. A few Rho maddeni hybrids have bits. Fuchsias still quite nice.

1901 – JCW
I made my first cross for the coming year, the tree heaths have been good for a week or more.