2020 – CHW
A trip to see if any of the new Camellia sasanqua plantings at the entrance to Old Park have any flowers on as yet? These were supposed to be inaugurated at Beatrice Fleur Williams’ christening in the spring but COVID stopped that and it still has not happened.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Variegata’ outside the front arch. A fairly sickly virus/variegated plant in one sense but a pleasant colour contrast today between leaf and flower.
Photinia niitakayamensis now with fully ripe red fruits.
2018 – CHW
Since the crash in 2008 we have not seen many shooting parties arriving by helicopter but here is one arriving at 4.55pm on Tuesday.
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’ has one flower left. The first time this plant has flowered here. Wonderful brown/black/gold indumentum on the underside of its small leaves. Asia should try to propagate this.
The stump of the huge beech tree which fell by Higher Quarry Nursery in the spring in a strong north wind was removed with a digger today.Pity it rained yesterday but the minor mess will soon settle down. The stump and roots have now been moved to rot away in the laurels below the Crinodendron Hedge.
2015 – CHW
Yet another shooting day but time to revisit the sasanquas alongside the house. They are all, at last, showing some or more than some colour.The old original Camellia sasanqua ‘Alba’ has now quite large and plentiful flowers. The bush is low growing and spreading with slightly drooping branches.
Flowers on wall Delavayi – very mild and wet.
2000 – FJW
Rain and floods continue – the latter mild here – but bad up country.
1985 – FJW
Snow at Stenalees – a dry autumn after a very wet summer.
1964 – FJW
Another long dry spell has come to an end. The dry spell has held back the camellias and though the November Pink showed colour in early October – no flower has yet matured.
1933 – JCW
Prunus autumnalis is open in Rogers quarry. Fuchsias are going back as in 1930.
1930 – JCW
Old fuchsias flowering yet the new lot just going in autumn colour done in by wind and wet. Enks japonica has been good. Several Magnolia grandiflora buds left some useful neriiflorum assorted flowers. R lacteum very many and the same at Werrington. Lapageria go on.
1928 – JCW
Much as above. Acer nickoense and A griseum show good colour now as bad a year for rhodo bloom as 1925.
1920 – JCW
Hydrangea remain good, very good. A few Camellia sasanquas but it was too wet a summer for them. I picked some Moupinense two days ago. Erica hybrida began to open a week ago. I saw a late Magnolia delavayi flower.
1918 – JCW
The Armistice was signed on this day (official date was 11th).
1915 – JCW
We have put out near the daff frames two of Bob’s white Erica australis.
1914 – JCW
The Camellia sasanqua is quite good. Lapagerias, cassias are nice, solanum good not much else, no real frost and a fine dry autumn.