2018 – CHW
Overnight the champion Osmanthus yunnanensis has blown over in the garden. I think that if we pollard it and carefully upright the stem while digging in the roots it may yet survive and reshoot. It might even remain a champion tree by girth!
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 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.
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.
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.