18th November

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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2017 – CHW

Camellia gigantocarpa is growing on rather well having looked a bit stunted for a few years after planting. No flowers yet (or signs of any) but new growth is now coming (dangerous) and the leaves become ever more gigantic. Certainly a plant to watch in the future.

Camellia gigantocarpa
Camellia gigantocarpa
Camellia gigantocarpa
Camellia gigantocarpa
Camellia gigantocarpa
Camellia gigantocarpa
Camellia gigantocarpa
Camellia gigantocarpa
First flower (facing inwards) on Camellia noblissima by front door. It would be interesting to find time to trawl back to the pre WW1 days to find out if this year is early or late?
Camellia noblissima
Camellia noblissima
The fallen leylandii (and some extras) have been felled and cleared leaving just a 6ft trunk of the Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’. I hope it will reshoot but time will tell!
Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’
Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’
Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’
Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’
Rhododendron nobleanum now nearly full out on the drive rather earlier than last year from memory. Some years not showing until Christmas.
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
Rhododendron nobleanum
The unnamed Camellia x williamsii on the drive by the Magnolia denudata is now full out and starting to drop after wind.
unnamed Camellia x williamsii
unnamed Camellia x williamsii
First flowers on the old Rhododendron mucronulatum outside the front gates. Just these two flowers and still some leaf left on the elderly bush. Last year I photographed almost exactly these same two flowers but rather later in January!
Rhododendron mucronulatum
Rhododendron mucronulatum

2016 – CHW
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ is full out with huge flowers that have pink outsides when in bud. This is the newer form sold by the nursery. The very old original plant on the top wall has much smaller flowers as we will see when it is out.
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’
Note the wasp going for the nectar and stuck in the flower. Quite late for wasps still to be alive after a few hints of frost and some colder nights recently. There were two in the flower and one drowsily dropped onto my trousers. No damage done!
wasp
wasp
You can just see a yellow wagtail on the ridge. Not a bird often seen in the yard although several pairs of pied wagtails nest here every summer living off the flies which the many house martins miss.
yellow wagtail
yellow wagtail

2015 – CHWLiquidamber styraciflua ‘Red Sentinel’ beside the drive is now at its absolute best. The top part of the tree is more purple than red but the odd remaining lower leaves are red. Marvellous in the sun today.

Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Red Sentinel’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Red Sentinel’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Red Sentinel’
Liquidamber styraciflua ‘Red Sentinel’
A seedling Cornus alternifolia self sown beside the original on Bond Street has promise as autumn colour with a few inner leaves turning yellow. However most of the upper leaves seem to curl inwards before they drop. The reference books say autumn colour ‘sometimes’ and we have had no frost yet.
Cornus alternifolia
Cornus alternifolia
Cornus alternifolia
Cornus alternifolia

1934 – JCW
A long spell of dryish cold.

1933 – JCW
Just as in 1931 but it has been calm and warm for the most part.

1931 – JCW
No dracenas they are away.C sasanqua open, no other camellias yet the first blooms of cherry are showing in the quarry. A few rhodo’s give us a chance flower. Lapagerias are quite nice and the first Erica hybrida showed in Oct 3.

1922 – JCW
Fruit on Dracena very good. Lapagerias fair. No C sasanqua, roses nice, a late season but very fine, most of the leaves off, could do rot almost anywhere in the wood.

1911 – JCW
C sasanqua remains very good, useful lot of roses in the three beds, various daffs mainly with jonquil blood are up. Lapagerias nice, cassia stays on, solanum good, cirrhosa is coming out.

1900 – JCW
I picked a Camellia sasanqua, several were open. A Romneya coulteri open, and several fair roses. I see 131 has come through, seedlings with maximus blood are showing. Lapagerias very good. The cold N.E wind has come.