22nd February

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

2018 – CHW

New shop now ready to go and the plant sales area looking good.

Camellia gigantiocarpa has had a little of its new growth frosted.

More labels to go out on record trees with Karol. About 140 now in place with 25 to 30 to go. Two cries of ‘bugger’ as Karol manages to bust a couple with the hammer.

Camellia ‘Show Girl’ was nice on Rookery Path. Another new one to us.

Camellia ‘Show Girl’
Camellia ‘Show Girl’
Camellia ‘Show Girl’
Camellia ‘Show Girl’
These are our own young plants of what may be Camellia cuspidata or they may be Camellia taliensis? The habit is not that of Camellia tsai but the flowers are not that different. Anyway I am sending the photographs to Tom Hudson to prolong this amusing debate as to which of these three species is which. You can see saga unfold here…
may be Camellia cuspidata
may be Camellia cuspidata
may be Camellia cuspidata
may be Camellia cuspidata
may be Camellia cuspidata
may be Camellia cuspidata
may be Camellia cuspidata
may be Camellia cuspidata
may be Camellia cuspidata
may be Camellia cuspidata
The first high up flowers on Rhododendron sutchuenense by the Auklandii Garden.
Rhododendron sutchuenense
Rhododendron sutchuenense
Rhododendron sutchuenense
Rhododendron sutchuenense
Narcissus cyclamineus just out in the Auklandii.
Narcissus cyclamineus
Narcissus cyclamineus
Loads of ripe berries on Ilex perado var perado which is a UK record tree.
Ilex perado var perado
Ilex perado var perado
Ilex perado var perado
Ilex perado var perado
A young Camellia ‘Look Away’ flowering with us for the first time. Nothing special!
Camellia ‘Look Away’
Camellia ‘Look Away’
Nice but sparse single red flowers on one of the old (pure) Camellia japonica on the Main Ride.
Camellia japonica
Camellia japonica
Camellia japonica
Camellia japonica
Biscuit (front), Nuttie, Dexter and Nickel attempting to sit down.
Biscuit (front), Nuttie, Dexter and Nickel
Biscuit (front), Nuttie, Dexter and Nickel
Young Biscuit six months old.
Biscuit
Biscuit
Mr Billy being perfect as usual.
Billy
Billy
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’ is finally out in full with a blue sky behind it. The ‘dog shit on stalks’ has largely blown away.
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybing White’
We went to label Ligustrum confusum as a UK record tree but DISASTER!
Ligustrum confusum
Ligustrum confusum
Ross has now felled all the abies by Donkey Shoe but managed to badly scrape the replacement tree which had been growing beside it for the last 15 to 20 years! No comment.
Ross has now felled all the abies by Donkey Shoe but managed to badly scrape the replacement tree
Ross has now felled all the abies by Donkey Shoe but managed to badly scrape the replacement tree
Ross has now felled all the abies by Donkey Shoe but managed to badly scrape the replacement tree
Ross has now felled all the abies by Donkey Shoe but managed to badly scrape the replacement tree
A very light pink form of Camellia granthamiana by Orchid House Nursery. Not exactly a show stopper. Quite exposed here which it dislikes. The Burncoose plant is far better. Our other plant of this tenderish species has apparently died.
Camellia granthamiana
Camellia granthamiana
Camellia granthamiana
Camellia granthamiana
Magnolia ‘Todds Fortyniner’ finally full out three weeks or more from when it first showed colour. Relatively little frost damage is evident.
Magnolia ‘Todds Fortyniner’
Magnolia ‘Todds Fortyniner’
Magnolia ‘Todds Fortyniner’
Magnolia ‘Todds Fortyniner’
Magnolia ‘Todds Fortyniner’
Magnolia ‘Todds Fortyniner’

2017 – CHW
Outside the front gate is a seedling from the same seed pan as ‘Caerhays Belle’. Quite nice but smallish flowers which are a good pink against a clear sky which it was not today.
seedling from the same seed pan as ‘Caerhays Belle’
seedling from the same seed pan as ‘Caerhays Belle’
seedling from the same seed pan as ‘Caerhays Belle’
seedling from the same seed pan as ‘Caerhays Belle’
A similar unnamed seedling in Bond Street is also looking ok but with some wind damage. Both plants are worth their place if only in terms of being early.
similar unnamed seedling in Bond Street
similar unnamed seedling in Bond Street
Camellia ‘Dr Burnside’ just coming out by the Four in Hand. One of the very best early double reds but a month later than usual this year.
Camellia ‘Dr Burnside’
Camellia ‘Dr Burnside’
A second Magnolia mollicomata ‘Werrington’ hiding below Sinogrande Walk was a surprise. Just as dark as the one in Kennel Close.

2016 – CHW

From Up & Coming Magnolia Article

The final proof of the article written for the RHS Rhododendron, Camellia & Magnolia Group yearbook arrives with us. In a record early magnolia year, and since some of these are full out today, I attach the full article with pictures for the purposes of enjoyment, jealousy or longing – take your pick!

1998 – FJW
Camellias (all of them) have never been better.

1997 – FJW
White narcissi outside dining room coming out – they were out on Xmas day 1995.

1976 – FJW
1st Magnolia out – frosted – above (crino hedge – Campbellii hyld).


1935 – JCW
Fuschias cut not too badly, Camellias flowering well and the frost hardly harms them. Our Magnolia campbelli is very good indeed.Note at bottom of Garden Book page:
There is a pencil note in J.C.W Williams Magnolias saying
‘There came on Jan 22 – 1928 from Darjeeling 3 seeds of white Magnolia campbellii
I think only one grew and was planted below the top ride between Engine House and Tin Garden.
This flowered well March 1939. Larger than Campbelli and a pure white. The frost had burst its sap and in May it died to the ground. It broke again and made shoots of 2ft by October but very soft.

1925 – JCW
Well ahead of 1922 say ten days ago almost all the Sutchuenense show flowers or are open. Moupinense is about over, Blood Red Arboreums just at their best.

1922 – JCW
The double Prunus pissardi has been good for the first time. Prunus mume of Wilson is just over, Prunus clementinae not quite open. Scarlet Thomsonii hybrids good, two or three Sutchuenense hybrids are flowering, Rhodo lutescens and the early species of Sutchuenense are goodish. There is no Argenteum in bloom so far.

1915 – JCW
Some good Camellia Lady Clare flowers. Also two or three good plants of Arboreum x Thomsonii open now.

1908 – JCW
Prunus pissardi moderate. Rhodo praecox coming on, made the first cross (G of Leidon x Gc) under glass.

1903 – JCW
Dauntlep, G Spur, Maximus, Caerhays are open. Prunus pissardi is very good at the kennel.

1898 – JCW
Dauntlep shows colour, snow and cold.

1897 – JCW
Pallidno proecox opens and Ard Righ, C citrina.

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