1st March

FJ Williams Profile Picture
FJW 1955-2007
CH Williams Profile Picture
CHW 2015-
JC Williams Profile Picture
JCW 1897-1939
C Williams Profile Picture
CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW
A trip to the nursery with Shayne House to make video clips of topical tips for the website. We made 19 which was rather more than expected. Still time however to photograph a few new plants in the 2017 catalogue.

Corydalis ‘Chocolate Stars’ is only just starting to reshoot but the leaves really are a delicate brown.

Corydalis ‘Chocolate Stars’
Corydalis ‘Chocolate Stars’

Corydalis ‘Chocolate Stars’
Corydalis ‘Chocolate Stars’
Corylopsis glabrescens ‘Chollipo’ – poor pictures in the sun between hailstorms but a good indication of the size of the plants.
Corylopsis glabrescens 'Chollipo'
Corylopsis glabrescens ‘Chollipo’
Rhododendron williamsianum ‘White Form’ – this is an Exbury form which we have not stocked before. It will not be out for six weeks.
Rhododendron williamsianum ‘White Form’
Rhododendron williamsianum ‘White Form’
Rhododendron williamsianum ‘White Form’
Rhododendron williamsianum ‘White Form’
Rhododendron calostrotum subsp riparium Nitens – a dwarf clump forming species with single mauve or purple flowers.
Rhododendron calostrotum subsp riparium Nitens
Rhododendron calostrotum subsp riparium Nitens
Restio-Rhodocoma capensis – an attractive reed like plant with architectural merit in a border.
Restio-Rhodocoma capensis
Restio-Rhodocoma capensis
Restio-Rhodocoma capensis
Restio-Rhodocoma capensis
Restio-Rhodocoma capensis
Restio-Rhodocoma capensis
Rheum palmatum – I have never noticed these plump red buds before. They soon burst to reveal the first reddish leaves.
Rheum palmatum
Rheum palmatum
Rheum palmatum
Rheum palmatum
Rheum palmatum
Rheum palmatum
A batch of Iris unguicularis is in full flower in the hailstorm.
Iris unguicularis
Iris unguicularis

2016 – CHW
Jaimie has placed out 30 of Burncoose’s specimen camellias in Kennel Close to break it up a bit and help create the microclimates which we need here at the top of the hill.

specimen camellias in Kennel Close
specimen camellias in Kennel Close
The evergreen azalea clumps, planted in the autumn, have settled well but they now have rather bronzy foliage from the wind.
evergreen azalea clumps
evergreen azalea clumps

2006 – FJW
Snow.

1993 – FJW
Very early year until frost.

1985 – FJW
My father A.M.W died.

1965 – FJW
Snow all day. 7 degrees of frost.

1958 – FJW
Came back from Plymouth to find Donkey Shoe Robusta full out. Flowers also on Michelia by Georges Hut. Sutchuenense in 40 Acres very good.


1947 – CW
Returned early. Most snow gone but Church Hill for 100 yards still one way traffic. No colour on any rhododendron except a few Sutchuenense hybrids, and almost all camellia buds brown that had begun to open. Hamamelis alone never hurt at all. Michelias losing almost all leaves.

1934 – JCW
Just out of several frosty nights, a very late daffodil year. R lutescens is very good in several places. Only one daffodil in all 4 gardens with a bloom nearly open.

1932 – JCW
Sutchuenense a fair lot showing colour, no calophytum yet Camellia speciosa has been and is very good. A very few daff moving. R sulfureum has been and is good. A cold wind for a week and today it is very cold indeed but no frost to speak of.

1918 – JCW
Rhodo sutchuenense and calophytum are at about their best, and the blood red x Thomsonii have never been so good.

1912 – JCW
Camellias very good. Prunus pissardi is going over. Most of the bulbs starting well.

1906 – JCW
Clematis indivisa open on terrace, picked a dozen incomps in Tin Garden.

1903 – JCW
We are ten days earlier than 1902, I see King G showing colour and Sirius is nearly showing colour.

1902 – JCW
Narcissi H Irving and Tenby several out, Caerhays a few, G Spur shows colour, many thrumpets in KG, R praecox and barbatum half open, some arboreums, crocus at their best, snowdrops also.

1897 – JCW
Some tulips nearly out (Ban, Thol), Barbatum nearly over.

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