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.
One always thinks there is ‘nothing’ out in December but forgets Arbutus unedo is full out now.
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.
November Pink well and truly loaded.
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.
I made my first cross for the coming year, the tree heaths have been good for a week or more.