2nd 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)

More storm damage to inspect on the first day when everyone is back at work.

An oak limb has fallen beyond Georges Hut. No real damage.

Then a major disaster which will take the team a couple of days to sort. The elderly silver fir at Donkey Shoe has split in half with half in the laurel hedge. A decent Rhododendron sinogrande has been flattened but it just missed Persea japonica in the foreground (three ‘japonicas’ in two days!).

Camellia ‘Mary Costa’ just starting to show at the top of the bush. Now a popular variety but this plant is mature so it must have been an early arrival here. There are several in the garden today.

A nice new clearing above Higher Quarry Nursery to replant soon.

Jaimie has moved some layers of Rhododendron maddenii from Donkey Shoe to a corner of this new area.

Stones all raked off ready for planting. The stones could easily break the allen scythe cutter bar.

This small big leafed rhododendron seedling was moved to make way for the digger clearing the stumps but has resettled well. Perhaps a hint of Rhododendron arizelum because of the orange indumentum on the many buds?

A fine evergreen oak labelled Quercus CMBS 900 looks very like the newer introductions of Quercus oxyodon from Tom Hudson and Nigel Holman. Growing here in too much shade but the fall of the silver fir has let in more light. Fine bark too.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Pendulum’ has a superb streaking habit which I fear I have photographed badly. The trunk is quite distinct too.

2017 – CHW
Biting cold east wind but fine. No frost as yet here but this will slow everything down in the garden which is very probably a good thing. The Camellia ‘J C Williams’ hedge outside the Rockery looked splendid in the sun. Forty years ago the Rockery was protected by a tall wooden screen infilled with cut bamboos. Queen wasps loved sharpening their tails in the sun on the bamboos and were easily swotted.

Camellia ‘J C Williams’
Camellia ‘J C Williams’
Camellia ‘J C Williams’
Camellia ‘J C Williams’
A wedding venue inspection party of seven from Essex appear at the front door. Clearly a cock up with dates but not sure if ours or theirs so we do the full tour. Seems they like the new ‘Above Beach’ location. Time will tell if they book for 2018.

2016 – CHW
Unbelievable has become an overused word to describe this amazing non winter but here we have Pseudocydonia sinensis with masses of new growth and new leaves by the fernery. The plant on the lawn at Burncoose was always early into growth but ‘early’ used to mean March.A big bit of cryptomeria by the boot washer as a leftover from yesterday’s storm which incidentally was, as usual, not forewarned by the dear old Met Office.

Pseudocydonia sinensis
Pseudocydonia sinensis
Pseudocydonia sinensis
Pseudocydonia sinensis

Just look at the white undersides of the leaves on one ilex oak (still) being battered by the wind.

ilex oak
ilex oak (background)

2005 – FJW

2001 – FJW
Still raining hard

1992 – FJW
Very mild – It has been dry for 2-3 weeks. Early Williamsii excellent.

1986 – FJW
Packed first primrose for Delia.

1972 – FJW
Camellias very advanced. J.C.W out near E.P.R.’s Quarry. Nobleanum pink at its best.

1968 – FJW
Moved Meliosma pungens – previous week cold with a small amount of frost. (It died).

1960 – FJW
Will Beard died. Picked flower from Mary Williams. Tackled Russatum in Rockery, 2 poor yellow behind Pink Campbellii. Absurdly early year. Very pleased with John Pickthorn. Some very good flowers on Maddenii hybrids in Donkey Shoe.

1927 – JCW
A lot of cold lately , no real ice on the pond, 2 good Gordonia flowers as the Rh mucronulatum is late. Hamamelis is very good indeed. White Camellia has flowers, early speciosa is frosted. Moupinense and Lutescens have shown colour for a month or thereabouts. Have seen one snowdrop.

1926 – JCW
Hamamelis mollis is very fine indeed otherwise just as last year but we have had a good deal of frost and cold for 6 weeks.

1924 – JCW
H mollis is nice, the double white Camellia is in flower, some Heaths including Bobs but nothing else.

1923 – JCW
H mollis and Rh mucronulatum are both of them very beautiful and not much else. The first Rh moupinense is open and so the first Blood Red Thompsonii.

1918 – JCW
German Defeat.

1917 – JCW
German War

1916 – JCW
German War

1915 – JCW
Alone here. Some Lapagerias, a white Camellia, some bits of Nobleanum and Sasangua. R mucronulatum is nice and it opens well in water, nothing here to touch the Jasminum nudiflorum at Werrington.

1913 – JCW
The frost left after a good bit of ice in the pond, Geraniums, Lapagerias etc left too.

1901 – JCW
Saw the first Aconite.

1897 – JCW
Princep Mary a few break through, also G mundi.

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