22nd January

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

2019 – CHW

The oddly bicoloured Rhododendron irrorata anthosphaerum just coming out below the Main Ride.

Rhododendron irrorata anthosphaerum
Rhododendron irrorata anthosphaerum
Rhododendron irrorata anthosphaerum
Rhododendron irrorata anthosphaerum
Rhododendron barbatum now fully out with Edward Farmer and Thomas Methuen-Campbell looking on admiringly. It is scentless but that did not stop them trying.
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron sutchuenense full out too above the borehole.
Rhododendron sutchuenense
Rhododendron sutchuenense

2018 – CHW
Look at how much woodpeckers have been enjoying the rotten centre of this old sycamore tree.

old sycamore tree
old sycamore tree

2017 – CHW
A surprising find today. The tender Chilean Peumus boldus in full flower by Tin Garden. The flower clusters are white and stand proud at the end of the stems. I have never seen this evergreen in flower before and it is covered. The reference books say it is a summer flowering small tree or large shrub. Is this early or late?
Peumus boldus
Peumus boldus
Peumus boldus
Peumus boldus

2016 – CHW
As expected Magnolia ‘Star Wars’ has several flowers showing a rather pale colour. Not as far out as its sister, Magnolia ‘Red Lion’, pictured a week or so ago.

Magnolia ‘Star Wars’
Magnolia ‘Star Wars’

Magnolia zenii above the greenhouse has one decent flower out. A good month earlier than we looked at this with Jim Gardiner last year in the first week of March.

Magnolia zenii
Magnolia zenii

1998 – FJW
Spawning in Greenhouse pond goes on a pace – a great deal of Rhodo but magnolias not all that forward.

1954 – CW
First Magnolia campbellii full out – many double Camellias as Mathotiana. Double Prunus by Kennel, several Reticulata seedlings. Red Admiral at Ririei out a week. Some Red Arboreum x and also Sutchuenense, Cross Bill x Golden Oriole. Machrostenem – 8 Reticulata seedlings and Mary W.

1929 – JCW
H mollis quite wonderful. Parvifolium is good and nothing else – four weeks of wind and cold.

1928 – JCW
E darleyense ⅓ open Camellia speciosa, H mollis – R mucronulatum, R parvifolium, R moupinense all nice, Lutescens in the hall, several good hybrids open.

1927 – JCW
E darlyense starts, some Lapagerias, Blood red hybrids have been out for a month, no daffs. Mucronulatum, H mollis and Camellia sasanquas are all past. One or two sutchuenense hybrids show colour, the majority have no bud.

1921 – JCW
Hamamelis is over, E darleyense is at its best, R mucronulatum is passing. The pink Obtusum remains very good. C coums are nice, Cotoneaster salicifolia good. Many early Rhodos are far enough on to pick buds off them including R argenteum.

1908 – JCW
Snowdrops and Aconites been out for 8 to 10 days. C coums at their best. Roses hold on yet. We have had frost but not really very hard. C balearica nice.

1897 – JCW
Iris stylosa in flower at Tregony been out for a week.