6th 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

2018 – CHW (photos to follow)

Returning to beyond Georges Hut.

Tetrapanax papyifera ‘Rex’ has had some leaves blown off by wind or are they just dropping naturally off the main stem? The new growth and indumentum on the new shoots is impressive as is the developing clump of suckers.

Rabbits have nibbled a couple of the small suckers. It is the time of year when rabbits nibble trees for extra nutrition.

Alniphyllum aff eberhardtii (from Crug) is a whole new genus to us. Crug say it has attractive bark and flowers which are a bit styrax like but in clusters. It is clearly tender but shows no sign yet of shedding its leaves. The stem shows promise and the leaves have an unusual shape and stance on the tree. I think alniphyllum are classed as styracaceae.

Flower buds on Michelia doltsopa still covered in velvet indumentum. Two years ago they were blown open in January on this elderly tree. Some way to go yet it would seem – hopefully.

A few red berries remain on Berberis wilsoniae at the top of the clump only.

A blackbird or thrushes nest stands out in the top branches of a dormant Rosa roxburgii. Might it be reused?

2017 – CHW
First flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘Monica Dance’ on the main ride. Not yet a decent shape or colour.

Camellia x williamsii ‘Monica Dance’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Monica Dance’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Monica Dance’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Monica Dance’
First flowers on Rhododendron barbatum which are a little early.
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Rhododendron barbatum
Main ride now swept of leaves and looking smart.

Main ride
Main ride

2016 – CHW
Hydrangea ‘Geoffrey Chadbund’ by the cash point still has one untouched flower at the very top and no leaf loss atall.The Camellia ‘St Ewe’ overhanging the cash point is full out but the wind has already blown off many scores of flowers onto the tarmac.

Hydrangea ‘Geoffrey Chadbund’
Hydrangea ‘Geoffrey Chadbund’
Camellia ‘St Ewe’
Camellia ‘St Ewe’
Camellia ‘St Ewe’
Camellia ‘St Ewe’


1998 – FJW
First snowdrop – very wet and thunderstorms.

1985 – FJW
Cold spell started.

1968 – FJW
Picked newly open bud of Trewidden Grande.

1952 – CW
Still mild – none can remember more grass, still fuschias, roses and Lapageria. 5 of original Saluenensis out, but little else bar Nobleanum Pink. Hardly any Rhodos and Hamamelis also late. One snowdrop at Vean where [Camellia] J.C.W. out for over a week. Here only odd buds show pink. Very bad storms.

1911 – JCW
I found 14 blooms of Narcissus M Clusii open outside

1908 – JCW
A hard frost for the last 4 days, Coums well on, a few roses yet.

1906 – JCW
The first daffs, Tin Garden, Tenby x Minimus.

1904 – JCW
The first Camellia

1902 – JCW
The first Camellia.