13th November

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

2017 – CHW (photos to follow)

Vandalism on the bridge over the River Luney outside the Bottom Lodge. Clearly someone objected to the no parking sign on this listed 1910 bridge. The council were themselves the last ones to reverse a lorry into the bridge and break off the same battlement some 20 years ago. A tractor had to haul it out of the river last week and then Mark Pheasey quickly restores it into position with his usual skill and ability. Not worth a claim on insurers but a load of hassle and hardly in the tourist season so another ‘friendly’ local one must assume.

2016 – CHW
On a fine and sunny Remembrance Sunday a few pictures of the estate showing that autumn has arrived and most of the leaves are off.

autumn has arrived
autumn has arrived
autumn has arrived
autumn has arrived
autumn has arrived
autumn has arrived
autumn has arrived
autumn has arrived
Our new wedding venue site ‘Above Beach’ is greening up well and all the fencing looks settled in. Not sure if the kiosk will stay put in a strong gale?!
new wedding venue
new wedding venue
new wedding venue
new wedding venue
new wedding venue
new wedding venue
The sea was calm and just a single windsurfer somewhere in the centre of the bay.
The sea
The sea
The sea
The sea
The sea
The sea
Two happy swans and a cormorant!

swans
swans
2015 – CHW
A quick flip around the garden looking for colour in mid November.Aesculus wangii is only just shedding its leaves after a good first growing season. We have tried this £80 plus plant three times already but with abject failure. Tom Hudson believes it comes into leaf too early in the spring and is prone to frost. He has lost several semi mature trees but some have made it. A similar plant to the one pictured here is still to go out having featured at Chelsea this year.
Aesculus wangii
Aesculus wangii
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’ is starting to turn a nice yellow.
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’
Styrax japonicus ‘Pendula’

Despite it being mid November Magnolia ‘Star Wars’ still has full leaf and loads of flowers.

Magnolia ‘Star Wars’
Magnolia ‘Star Wars’
Rhododendron keysii is full out and not really a secondary flowering. This species has some flower on for most of the year.
Rhododendron keysii
Rhododendron keysii
Rhododendron keysii
Rhododendron keysii
Rhododendron keysii
Rhododendron keysii
Asimia triloba has nearly shed but remains a pale but attractive autumn display. I have tried this tree several times elsewhere and was unaware that this survivor still existed. ‘Must get out more often’ but this is one of the joys of a garden like Caerhays.
Asimia triloba
Asimia triloba
Asimia triloba
Asimia triloba
Jaimie has now finished the Donkey Shoe tidy up and pollarded the Rhododendron davidsonianum hedge. This is at least the third time this has been pruned back hard to reshoot.
Rhododendron davidsonianum
Rhododendron davidsonianum
Rhododendron davidsonianum
Rhododendron davidsonianum
A young and very special Magnolia campbellii yellow form originally a scion from Mount Congreve is in full leaf and looking very well two years from planting.
Magnolia campbellii yellow form
Magnolia campbellii yellow form
Jaimie told me that Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’ was just showing colour on 5th November. I had not got to see it until today and there are plenty of good sized flowers now on this late 1920s planted hybrid. No other x williamsii are out yet but this is about on time for ‘November Pink’. We have seen it in October some years but it seldom fails to show in November.
Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’
Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’
Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’
Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’

2000 – FJW
Flowers on C November Pink.

1931 – JCW
Just as in 1929. Lapagerias good.

1929 – JCW
Heavy storms and it grows colder. Camellia sasanqua open. Hydrangeas are yet nice. Coums hardly show. Neapolitanums wane, hardly any rhodo but Caucasicum. A lapageria or two, several Magnolia grandiflora and two buds of Magnolia delavayi.

1903 – JCW
C sasanqua very good for a long while, some coums open, lapageria good, primroses moving. Hidalagoa[?] good. Iris alata and stylosa out.