5th January

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CW 1940-1955

2018 – CHW (photos to follow)

Exploring around Georges Hut.

Cephalotaxus harringtonia is upright but not as upright as Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fastigiata’ which grows by the lawn at Burncoose. This has been here 20 years or so and is 12-14ft. Interestingly the flower buds which are light or olive green are identical to those which we looked at two days ago on Cephalotaxus fortunei. Rather different habit and needle formation here however.

Still green fruit pods on Lomatia ferruginea but they are already splitting and the seed is scattering. I collect what I can reach for Asia to propagate. This small tree is usually out for Hampton Court flower show so well worth propagating for sale there.

Rhododendron hookeri with the ‘barbs’ on the petioles clearly showing beside the new flower buds.

Wind damage to the late autumn new growth on Quercus insigne. We are going to struggle to grow this I suspect. What would a frost now do?

Lindera aggregata with flower buds clearly showing. We grew this smallish, dense, evergreen shrub from seed. It is listed in New Trees as growing to five metres but this will take some time as this plant is 12 or so years old.

I have tried Parkameria lotungensis (very similar to Magnolia nitida) at least twice. Here it struggled before wind or a strimmer got the last twig. Now deceased!

2017 – CHW
Sorbus ‘Pearly King’ still has many berries intact. Surprising as the small tree has blown over and is readily accessible to pheasants. The other sorbus on the drive have long since shed their berries or had them eaten by birds.

Sorbus ‘Pearly King’
Sorbus ‘Pearly King’
One of many Cornus florida varieties on the drive still to retain a fair set of last year’s leaves. I have noticed this before and some even flower or put on new growth with old leaves still present. Cornus florida ‘Daybreak’ is perhaps the best example. I suppose this suggests they might be semi-evergreen in the US?
Cornus florida
Cornus florida

2016 – CHW
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ in the Auklandii Garden is now full out in the rain. Nearby Euchryphia ‘Pink Clouds’ still has a single flower on it.

Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’

The large Drimys winteri has a mass of buds nearly open. This Chilean plant normally flowers in April and is very prone to phythopthera ramorum. Thankfully this old plant remains sound.

Drimys winteri
Drimys winteri
Drimys winteri
Drimys winteri


1943 – CW
Double white Camellia, and a good many of the hybrids, Olieifera nearly over. Nearly 100 Lapageria. Hamamelis and Rho mucronulatum very good, moupinense showing colour, several Sutchuenense hybrids coming out and an odd Blood Red. Very mild and a lot of things swelling buds.1941 – CW
Pond half frozen, ice in buckets over 3 inches and turned out shape of a bucket but hollow. Only Hamamelis and a few Cyclamen out.

1931 – JCW
Hamamelis about ½ a crop owing to a wet August a small frost on one night cut out some flowers of several kinds.

1918 – JCW
Very little open, we have a break at last in a long cold spell. Have just cleared up the big batch of stuff in the Old Park planted 12 months ago, it might stand nearly two years now, and not suffer very much.

1916 – JCW
The white C Japonica has a flower or two. R mucronulatum is about its best, Lapageria a few, Coums come on, the first snowdrops just show colour. Jasminum nudiflorum is far the best thing on the countryside. Nobleanum and R venustum nice. Aconites opening.

1902 – JCW
The first primrose and Aconite, Coums at their best, and the first minimus came out and a Camellia Japonica open.

1900 – JCW
The first paper white daff.

1899 – JCW
The first Aconite.