28th 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

2017 – CHW
Blink or sit in meetings for a day or two and you can quickly miss what is best in the garden. A westerly gale turns a magnolia from being perfectly out to over in a matter of hours.The true Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ has 11 flowers on it this year on the bank opposite the Georgian Hall. Only the third time it has flowered since planting in 1955 but the soil is poor and its positioning on a hot bank is not ideal. Still this is its best showing so far. A good colour which I should have captured here in the blog six days ago.

true Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
true Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
true Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
true Magnolia ‘Lanarth’
A smashing display of wild Cyclamen coum above the gents’ loo.
wild Cyclamen coum
wild Cyclamen coum
And the first coloured primrose which was once a cross with my mother’s Primula ‘Wanda’ (dark purple) which grew in a line on the edge of the border opposite the front door.
first coloured primrose
first coloured primrose
These are the Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids which Ron Scamp gave to Dad. One is well worth a name he thinks amid quite a variety of slightly better growing forms with larger trumpets than the true species which still thrives in the Auklandii Garden.
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids
Narcissus cyclamineus seedlings and hybrids
Suddenly a carpet of primroses coming out everywhere where the grass was so carefully cut last summer late in the season when they had seeded naturally and were dormant.
a carpet of primroses
a carpet of primroses
The snowdrops are now over again for this year. So pretty yet so fleeting.
snowdrops
snowdrops
2016 – CHW
Off to see the Exeter Chiefs play Bath today as VIP guests of Tony Rowe, the CEO/owner. It may be a rather liquid day.Just time for a few pictures. Seldom do you see the aucuba so well berried at this stage in the year at Red Linney. Clearly the pheasants do not like these berries.

aucuba
aucuba
aucuba
aucuba
Azalea ‘Amoena’ has been showing for a while but this smallish plant is now full out. Another evergreen azalea which has often graced the stand at Chelsea now out three months early.
Azalea ‘Amoena’
Azalea ‘Amoena’
Azalea ‘Amoena’
Azalea ‘Amoena’
Rhododendron kiyosumense (a form of Rhododendron reticulatum) has unusually retained much of its leaf but is now coming out. Not unusual after a non winter like this I suppose. A newish deciduous species to us and quite nice. Much smaller growing than Rhododendron reticulatum.
Rhododendron kiyosumense
Rhododendron kiyosumense
Rhododendron kiyosumense
Rhododendron kiyosumense
Azalea ledifolium (formally ledifolia ‘Alba’ just to confuse you) is also now coming out months early. We saw the odd flower weeks ago but now, slowly, the full monty is appearing on this dense growing evergreen azalea which is so prone to whitefly.
Azalea ledifolium
Azalea ledifolium
Looking across from the drive to Giddle Orchard through the new gap there are three magnolias in the distance but sadly a bit windblown and frosted.
Looking across from the drive to Giddle Orchard
Looking across from the drive to Giddle Orchard
This clump of daffodils were bought in eight to ten years ago and supposedly special at the Hovel turning but I cannot remember the name. They have multiplied well and are a good show here.
clump of daffodils
clump of daffodils
clump of daffodils
clump of daffodils

Fist common garlic with a flower out. Clearly an all time record as well.

common garlic
common garlic

Above the Hovel is a plant which has pride of place by the pond at Burncoose but I had forgotten we had snuck one in here too.Ribes ‘White Icicle’ is perhaps the nicest of these foul smelling plants. There is an old clump of Ribes praecox in the top of the Rookery but otherwise we are ‘ribes free’! One might argue this one is late by ribes standards and I think we should get some more for dark shady areas on the drive.

Ribes ‘White Icicle’
Ribes ‘White Icicle’
Ribes ‘White Icicle’
Ribes ‘White Icicle’
The unnamed and unidentified cotoneaster at the Hovel turning has featured twice this year in the diary hoping that someone might help with a name but no joy. It is fully deciduous which ought to narrow it down and here are some remaining berries at the top of the plant.
unidentified cotoneaster
unidentified cotoneaster
Coming down the drive I am quite staggered to notice and elderly oak tree genuinely coming into leaf in late February. Remembering the ditty about the ash leafing up before the oak (a soak) and oak before ash (a splash) we are arguably on for a very small ‘splash’ this summer. What a nice prospect that would be after the endless wet! I cannot believe we will see leaf on an ash until late April.
elderly oak tree
elderly oak tree
‘Mother’s’ magnolia on the lawn is coming out or been blown out. Dad and mum both planted magnolias in the 1960s which they hoped to name one day but in full sun and absurdly poor soil. Dad’s struggled for a bit and then died. We have come to call this Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’ but the original is a much larger and older plant by the Acer ‘Senhaki’s. This plant is, this year anyway, much darker than usual so we will have to wait and compare flowers when it comes out. No hint of colour yet on the original.
Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’
Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’
Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’
Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’

2005 – FJW
4th night of frost and pond ⅓ frozen over.

1997 – FJW
First Magnolia flower out.

1993 – FJW
Very dry February – but also very warm. Magnolias well out until night of 28th/ March 1st. Cold frost.

1988 – FJW
Richard John W came to lunch for the first time.

1962 – FJW
Woke up to find heavy fall of snow.

1961 – FJW
R.H.S stand – pink crino hedge, Robusta, John Pickthorn and Caerhays Pink showed up best. Giganteum, Mallotum, Thomsonii did not show well. Philip did a 1st class job.


1931 – JCW
The Stewartianums came out well in whites, creamy whites, creamy whites and pink kind and one or two of a better yellow than Campylocarpum. Argenteums open, Glandulosum shows colour. C speciosa remains very nice indeed, a few daffs opening.

1927 – JCW
The first Argenteum buds are open perhaps there are not a dozen on the place. The Corylopsis near the frames are opening, also Armanthus delavayi. Bob’s heath is good.

1925 – JCW
Sutchuenense x continue good. Berberis fascicularus very good, Barbatum nice, and so Irroratum and Arboreums but frost on those low down.. Erica hybrida very good since hols.

1924 – JCW
A late year, Scarlet hybrids are mostly cut out by frost or very short of flower bud. Lutescens and Barbatum have used as best in cold bad weather. Only a few hybrid daffs are open.

1921 – JCW
Scarlet hybrids have passed their best. Mrs Butler x coming on and a few Auk x Blood Red. Erica darleyense remains fine and so the other heaths, Argenteums have been splendid.

1907 – JCW
Scarcely anything of ‘05 is within sight of coming, a late cold year.

1905 – JCW
Much as above (‘03) excepting King A, picked a coloured incomp from Fire Grand x Max. Rhodo praecox very good, many double daffs open, but no Maximus yet.

1903 – JCW
King Alfred shows colour, a great number of seedlings open, no good ones except from Cyclamineus, Ciliatum opening and most of the early trumpets, several Camellias.

1901 – JCW
Several doubles, an odd Caerhays, one Maximus just opening, some days later than any year since 1897.

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