17th January

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2018 – CHW (photos to follow)

Rhododendron mucronulatum full out in the sun despite a cold SE wind. A much darker colour on this old plant than on the younger plants elsewhere.

A few days on and the snowdrops at the Four in Hand are nearly out.

First flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘Monica Dance’ which are nicely striped in the sun.

Camellia ‘Duchess Decazes’ in bud and flower with some wind damage.

Rather puny flowers (and late!) on this poor form of Rhododendron ‘Christmas Cheer’.

More odd flowers of Azalea ‘Greenway’.

2017 – CHW
The Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is just out and rather later into flower than last year by the side door. This is a replacement plant for one which died here after 12 to 15 years. A short lived plant. No scent on it yet.

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’
Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’
The arum lily clump beside it is, as last year, quite untouched by our one night of frost (so far) and the recent hail and heavy rain. Where else in the UK would an arum look like this in January?
arum lily
arum lily
The original Camellia saluenensis (pale and dark) are starting to shed after the hail. The pale pink is a week ahead of the darker pink one. Quite a lot of white on the ground.
Camellia saluenensis
Camellia saluenensis

2016 – CHW
Another magnolia is out in Bond Street. It is Magnolia Red Lion which is the same cross as Magnolia ‘Star Wars’ and therefore a lengthy flowerer. The colour is perhaps slightly less insipid than ‘Star Wars’ but the tree has a much less upright habit.

Magnolia Red Lion
Magnolia Red Lion

2005 – FJW
Flower on Mag. Bishop Peter – Nobilissima fully out.

1935 – JCW
Just as in 1935.

1932 – JCW
R parvifolium is over but has done us very well since before Christmas day. The double white Camellia has been nice since Christmas day and so the Hamamelis.

1924 – JCW
The best Rhodo’n after mucronulatum is R parvifolium, moupinense is nice, to C coums are fair, the hamamelis are going over whilst the Caucasicums have no buds this year like all the early rhodos. Clematis cirrhosa and snowdrops both open fairly well.

1913 – JCW
A good bit of cold and frost, flowers have been pushed aside rather.

1911 – JCW
Most of the coums open, it is the best thing now with the R nobleanum, some Anenome blanda show colour. Iris stylosa has been on and off since December, several roses going, a Camellia or two, also R barbatum is fair, and white Clianthus, a trumpet has been open 10 days under the big wall.