28th January

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW
A sunny day and mild to start with. The Rhododendron mucronulatums are nearly over but the new season’s growth is already evident. A very quick turnaround despite the recent cold.

Rhododendron mucronulatums
Rhododendron mucronulatums
Rhododendron mucronulatums
Rhododendron mucronulatums
Another honey fungus rhododendron casualty stands out. An old oak was removed from here five years ago and its decaying roots are causing the damage.
honey fungus rhododendron casualty
honey fungus rhododendron casualty
The Camellia reticulata seedling by Four in Hand has a few flowers opening in the sun.
Camellia reticulata seedling
Camellia reticulata seedling
Some snowdrop clumps are nearly over and some just emerging three weeks after their adjacent predecessors.
snowdrop clumps
snowdrop clumps
snowdrop clumps
snowdrop clumps
Lawn and park resplendent in the morning sun.
Lawn and park
Lawn and park
Then off to present the prizes at the beach to the field trial (Labradors) competitors. It had rained hard on them pre lunch. Four lady judges and everyone very happy as you can see. The winner had a yellow Labrador.
field trial (Labradors) competitors
field trial (Labradors) competitors
field trial (Labradors) competitors
field trial (Labradors) competitors
field trial (Labradors) competitors
field trial (Labradors) competitors
field trial (Labradors) competitors
field trial (Labradors) competitors
field trial (Labradors) competitors
field trial (Labradors) competitors

2016 – CHW
Echium pinnifolium outside the drawing room window has gone black after the minor frost (one night only) about a week ago. It will probably survive and go on to flower if we get no more cold but this shows just how tender this beautiful biennial really is. The others by the front door are still fine.
Echium pinnifolium
Echium pinnifolium


2000 – FJW
Dry January – light frost for 10 nights. Camellias good, no sign of Magnolias.

1994 – FJW
Four flowers on – Mollicomata/ Robusta hybrid near back yard.

1967 – FJW
Very early and impossibly mild. David picked two daffs. Saw a member of the Swallow family looking fit and well.

1961 – FJW
Rain has been incessant since August.

1959 – FJW
Garden behind – one or two poor Sutchuenense hyb’s. Mucronulatum in drive very good, scabrifolium coming. Weather mild after cold wet spell.

1934 – JCW
R mucronulatum bed is by far our best shrub in flower. Erica hybrida is opening on the Terrace. R moupinense is very good and so is R Ririei.

1928 – JCW
Very late year and very poor examples of any of the above plants and for the most part very few of them open.

1918 – JCW
Moupinense is open as to one third, bits of lutescens, scabrifolium, sutchuenense, Blood red hybrid and a fair bit of Nobleanum with a little mucronulatum. Erica hybrids very fine indeed. I saw the first lambs tails in flower.

1916 – JCW
Johnstone here and called off to Egypt before we got out. Prunus cerasus conradinae now is the best thing open. P pissardi has one third of the flowers out. R praecox very good, Erica hybrid excellent, R moupinense very nice. A few daffs are about, R nobleanum has every flower open and perfect. A very mild winter up to this.

1914 – JCW
Quite a late year so far from 1914. No sign of a trumpet daff here. C coum is nice, Aconite open but scarce. All the heaths coming to be nice.

1902 – JCW
I picked two seedling trumpets in the Kitchen Garden, cold and fine.