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

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.