31st 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 check on which camellias are out from Top Lodge to Red Linney beside the drive which we have not yet viewed this year: Camellia ‘Desire’ – a better flower than we saw earlier

Camellia ‘Desire’
Camellia ‘Desire’
Camellia ‘High Hat’ – battered in wind and rain but still one of the most reliable early flowerers
Camellia ‘High Hat’
Camellia ‘High Hat’
Camellia ‘Apollo’ – full out
Camellia ‘Apollo’
Camellia ‘Apollo’
Camellia ‘Apollo’
Camellia ‘Apollo’
Camellia ‘Monica Dance’ – with nice stripes in the petals
Camellia ‘Monica Dance’
Camellia ‘Monica Dance’
Camellia ‘Monica Dance’
Camellia ‘Monica Dance’
A compact growing single red japonica of unknown name
A compact growing single red japonica of unknown name
A compact growing single red japonica of unknown name
A compact growing single red japonica of unknown name
A compact growing single red japonica of unknown name
Camellia ‘Gwyneth Morey’ – first flowers here. ‘Jurys Yellow’ – full out and almost over elsewhere.
Camellia ‘Gwyneth Morey’
Camellia ‘Gwyneth Morey’
Camellia ‘Mary Phoebe Taylor’ – is a fantastic size and show
Camellia ‘Mary Phoebe Taylor’
Camellia ‘Mary Phoebe Taylor’
Camellia ‘Duchess Decazes’
Camellia ‘Duchess Decazes’
Camellia ‘Duchess Decazes’
Camellia Duchess D has ‘sported’ pure pink at the top
Camellia Duchess D
Camellia Duchess D
Camellia ‘Apollo’ – again with the irregular white blotches on some flowers as we expect
Camellia ‘Apollo’
Camellia ‘Apollo’
Camellia ‘Apollo’
Camellia ‘Apollo’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Paradise Blush’ – as labelled but perhaps incorrectly! Blush is pink in bud fading to white. These are just out but look pure pink! Time will tell.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Paradise Blush’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Paradise Blush’

2016 – CHW
Shooting over and time for a proper trip around the garden without a rush but still the magnolias rush out!
Outside the back yard Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ has a pink flower or two right at the top of the tree. Another record and six to eight weeks early.

Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’

Above the Auklandii Garden the big Michelia doltsopa is now full out and quite a picture from afar. Ten to twelve weeks earlier than normal.

Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa

Camellia x williamsii ‘Brigadoon’ has one perfect flower on the main ride by the tree fern. This clump was cut down about two and a half or three years ago and has produced a new thicket of new growth with huge flowers.

Camellia x williamsii ‘Brigadoon’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Brigadoon’

One of the two polyspora is full out at the top with its fine white camellia like flowers.

polyspora
polyspora

Eucryphia ‘Pink Clouds’ still has two flowers out which are four months late of six months early depending on your point of view. Quite extraordinary.

Eucryphia ‘Pink Clouds’
Eucryphia ‘Pink Clouds’

One of the original (and rather poor) Magnolia campbellii (white ish) is full out by Tin Garden. This was the first magnolia to show in the garden last year and is a good six weeks ahead in this record early year.

Magnolia campbellii (white ish)
Magnolia campbellii (white ish)

The Rhododendron ‘Penvose’ that had recently blown over has now been pruned hard and reinterred in the ground. It should soon shoot again.

Rhododendron ‘Penvose’
Rhododendron ‘Penvose’

Nearby Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybling White’ is now full out and as near perfect as I have ever seen it. One good westerly blow and it will however all be over. It is better today, albeit on an overcast day, than I have ever seen it before.

Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybling White’
Magnolia campbellii ‘Strybling White’

The magnolia opposite the new clump of Rhododendron williamsianum is showing colour. It looks like a hybrid/seedling of Magnolia sargentiana robusta.

magnolia opposite the new clump of Rhododendron williamsianum
magnolia opposite the new clump of Rhododendron williamsianum

Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’ above the rireii opening is showing colour.

Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’
Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’
Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ (Lanarth seedling) now has several flowers out but they are rather pale compared to most years implying that the wind has blown them open prematurely.

1992 – FJW
One day of rain in January – no snow but some frost.

1988 – FJW
Very very wet. Garden too far advanced – losses of ‘87 still being dealt with.

1969 – FJW
A very mild wet January – saluenensis and williamsii well out.

1934 – JCW
No Daffs a late year, Coums open. R praecox by the brown gate is remarkable. No pissardi. The same as 1924 for R moupinense. No Lent Lily.

1924 – JCW
The first Daff opening near four in hand. Heaths are nice. Moupinense is nearly over. Parvifolium is good yet.

1921 – JCW
Much as in 1915. We have just finished the big rookery clearing except for the planting of five evergreen oaks.

1916 – JCW
Coum but fair. Thomsonii x Arboreum in Old Park are very fine, nobleanum good, Rhod ‘n oleifolium very nice. E darleyenis and Praecox Rhodo’ of the very best, Barbatums fair + Camellia. Soleil d’or and Lent Lily open. P pissardi very nice indeed. Prunus cerasus conradinae going over.

1915 – JCW
Cyclamen coum are good. Some Lapagerias, some Camellias, one Lady Clare small, nobleanum very nice, R mucronulatum is going over, a few snowdrops and aconite.

1898 – JCW
One or two Caerhays trumpets open. Minimus nearly at its best, snowdrops quite white crocus partly open.