The new shop is finally finished and the team look pleased (Jaimie, Lucy Lucinda, Tim and Aaron). The nice furniture from the old shop in the garage has been moved across and is in place. It all has a light modern feel and will oblige visitors to go through it on their way out of the gardens. Easier to manage with less staff especially on wet days. Not quite what we originally planned a few years ago but a great leap forward none the less. All disabled/wheelchair friendly we hope with a staff sink for health and safety handwashing – why is this obligatory I wonder?
The scent from the Daphne bholua alba is overpowering today above the greenhouse. The plant is now full out and breathtaking!
Camellia ‘Noblissima’ by the front door is now full out and relatively undamaged by the wind and rain. The plant is 120 years old and very slow growing.
1966 – FJW
6° frost. No snowdrops. Big clearing above Veitchii.
1928 – JCW
Just as in 1926. Erica hybrida is ¼ open, nobleanums nice, some snowdrops, the white ribes should be out this coming week. Hamamelis remain very good.
1926 – JCW
Snow and frost but not very bad yet, R mucronulatum is only now open as against Christmas in most years, excepting Hamamelis there is not much else.
1923 – JCW
Much later than 1916 or 19 owing to a cold wet summer as I see it, no real cold has come yet.
1919 – JCW
As near as may be to 1916 though I am not sure of the cherry.
1916 – JCW
The following Rhodo’s are open and are of about the relative value in which I place them R mucronulatum, R praecox, R nobleanum, R barbatum, R moupinense, Thomsonii x a blood red, R oleifolium, R lutescens, R chrysanthum and a bit of Pearl. The snowdrops, coums and aconites are fair, no daffodils yet. Wilsons cherry opens 1st bloom and the white Ribes.
1907 – JCW
Snowdrops just showing, aconite hardly showing, C coums ⅔ open, no sign of R Praecox, no daffs show colour,. R nobleanum is good.
1906 – JCW
Snowdrops well out, coum at their best, about six trumpet seedlings open, Ericas very good, it has been very mild, several Camellias open. Rho Praecox well out.
1897 – JCW
Snowdrops in full flower, a good few yellow crocus, 2 sorts Polyanthus Daf out and half the minimus, fair lot of Primroses.