25th January

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
Now we see why the camellias and magnolias are later than last year despite the very mild winter (as in 2015)! A surging cold east wind arrives to chill and plunder. It will last for the next three days and bring down the odd branch. I doubt we will see Magnolia campbellii out now until early March. Nevertheless in the camellia shelter belt below Burns Bank I notice the first flowers on: Camellia ‘Mary Costa’

Camellia ‘Mary Costa’
Camellia ‘Mary Costa’
Camellia ‘Mary Costa’
Camellia ‘Mary Costa’
Camellia ‘Debbie’

Camellia ‘Debbie’
Camellia ‘Debbie’
Both a bit late and probably blown out by the branches waving in the wind.

2016 – CHW
Here we have Spanish bluebells a good six inches out of the ground and plenty of native bluebells showing nearby. Normally these are out in April so what is the betting now on a flower in late February? A prize for the first person to find a bluebell flower?

Spanish bluebells
Spanish bluebells


1990 – FJW
TERRIBLE STORM – very bad for garden.(Handwritten note added to page of Garden Book)
Storm of January 25th 1990
Blew out (all record sized trees)
1 Nothofagus obliqua
2 Nothofagus menzeseii
2 Nothofagus procera
1 Nothofagus solandrii
1 Nothofagus antarctica
½ Nothofagus cliffortioides

Big group Eucryphia cordifolia
Eucryphia nymansensis
Magnolia salicifolia
Abies nordmannii

Acer henryi Knocked out of shape
Tetracentron sinensis “ “

Acer franchettii
Magnolia highdownensis
Sasafras
Magnolia hypoleuca
Acer cappadocicum
Etc, etc

1933 – JCW
Cold now, no real ice on the pond, Camellia speciosa faces the cold wall, blooms are very late as regards Azaleas, fuschias had all their flower buds cut lately i.e Jan 23 1933.

1921 – JCW
About 14 species of Rhodo’s in flower, one Caerhays daff, some Aconites, Snowdrops are going back. P.D’s pink Azalea is v.g, Erica darleyense also.

1920 – JCW
(Sunday afternoon) I was in the Beech Walk, a wonderful afternoon, the blood red scarlets were lovely and 3 big plants of Prunus conradinae in full flower, a remarkable Jan’y afternoon in any year. A good Sutchuenense in the 40 acres. About 20 species of Rhodo’s show flower.

1918 – JCW
Much as in 1914 after a spell of harsh cold, Erica darlyense and Hamamelis mollis are an easy best.

1914 – JCW
Mild again after the frost, a flower or two on C. Lady Clare, C coums good, bits of R yunnanense, R lutescens, R nobleanum, R dahuricum and R racemosum are open.

1902 – JCW
Far behind the above, snowdrops coming on, a Camellia or two, it has been very mild up to this, but it is a late season now. No Maximus anywhere near out but a stray seedling trumpet in the Kitchen Garden show colour and Minimus is at its best.

1899 – JCW
Clianthus open, several stray roses, snowdrops at their best about, a good many Camellia open, Cyclamineus just open, S.E wind has just started.

1898 – JCW
Picked the first Cernuus at the lodge, Clianthus and Habrothummus have been in flower for weeks, seedling gunnera on the move.

1897 – JCW
Anenome blanda out, frost left.