10th November

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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

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.

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’
An elderly clump of Camellia sasanqua above the quarry is plastered in flower and one plant has double flowers which I assume is s. ‘Rosea Plena’.
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Camellia sasanqua
Rhododendron ‘Beau Brummell’ has secondary flowers still and some are over.
Rhododendron ‘Beau Brummell’
Rhododendron ‘Beau Brummell’
Rhododendron ‘Beau Brummell’
Rhododendron ‘Beau Brummell’
Rhododendron ‘Beau Brummell’
Rhododendron ‘Beau Brummell’
The laurel hedge below Tin Garden has had a haircut along with a few camellias beside it. Also the young beech trees have been tidied up.
laurel hedge
laurel hedge
Polyspora buds close to opening.
Polyspora
Polyspora

2016 – CHW
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.
stump of the huge beech tree
stump of the huge beech tree
stump of the huge beech tree
stump of the huge beech tree
stump of the huge beech tree
stump of the huge beech tree
stump of the huge beech tree
stump of the huge beech tree
stump of the huge beech tree
stump of the huge beech tree

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.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Alba’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Alba’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Alba’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Alba’
The first pink sasanqua to come out looks really good alongside the white.
The first pink sasanqua
The first pink sasanqua
Further along the wall is another form of Camellia sasanqua ‘Alba’ with smaller, more delicate and more intricate flowers than the other one. Its habit is quite different too. Twice the size with more rounded leaves and dense, upright, close knit foliage.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Alba’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Alba’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Alba’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Alba’
Nearing the ladies’ loo is another form of Camellia sasanqua ‘Rosea’ with much smaller and rather darker flowers. Unlike its neighbour this one is only just beginning to come out. There is another identical plant just through the arch.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Rosea’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Rosea’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Rosea’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Rosea’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Rosea’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Rosea’

2002 – FJW
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.