19th November

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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

The granite trough outside the Marketing Office still has a fine display of osteospermum and Euryops chrysanthemoides (the African daisy) in mid/late November!

Euryops chrysanthemoides
Euryops chrysanthemoides
The last of the single pink Camellia sasanquas is full out in the sun outside the back yard.
Camellia sasanquas
Camellia sasanquas
Camellia sasanquas
Camellia sasanquas
Around the corner the first flower on the paler of the two Camellia saluenensis. Seldom have the two been out together!
Camellia saluenensis
Camellia saluenensis
This fuchsia might even be at its best today although now shedding flowers in the wind. Not a named one but hardy and vigorous after 40 years in situ.
fuchsia
fuchsia
fuchsia
fuchsia
Erica arborea in flower at the top of the rubus bank is intertwined with yellowing foliage on the long tendrils of new growth from the nearby wisteria.
Erica arborea
Erica arborea
Erica arborea
Erica arborea
The new shop is getting there but by no means finished yet.
new shop
new shop
new shop
new shop
new shop
new shop
Sarcococca hookeriana ‘Digyna’ with flower tassels not quite yet out beside the new shop. Quite a clump now from what was once, 40 years or so ago, a single plant in the corner of George Blandford’s old vegetable garden which once held pride and place here.
Sarcococca hookeriana ‘Digyna’
Sarcococca hookeriana ‘Digyna’
Sarcococca hookeriana ‘Digyna’
Sarcococca hookeriana ‘Digyna’

2016 – CHW
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Wallaby’ is turning autumn yellow. A very dwarf growing variety which has yet to flower here. Needs more sun.
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Wallaby’
Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Wallaby’

Another batch of Camellia sasanqua varieties is full out below the greenhouse. Here we have:‘Winters Toughie’ – a delicate light pink double which opens out flat.

Camellia ‘Winters Toughie’
Camellia ‘Winters Toughie’
Camellia ‘Winters Toughie’
Camellia ‘Winters Toughie’
‘Snow Flurry’ – a delicate initially anemone shaped double white seeming fully double when full out. Large flowers for a sasanqua.
Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’
Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’
Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’
Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’
Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’
Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’
‘Winters Joy’ – a semi-double medium pink.
Camellia ‘Winters Joy’
Camellia ‘Winters Joy’
Camellia ‘Winters Joy’
Camellia ‘Winters Joy’

Quite a nice show overall with four more varieties yet to perform. ‘Polar Ice’ is nearly out and seems very similar to ‘Snow Flurry’ except that it has a more drooping habit.Rubus ichangensis has tiny raspberries which I seem to be a bit too late for sadly. Large trailing trusses of fruit not all of which has yet ripened properly. Quite a nice climber for a wall none the less.

Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis
Rubus ichangensis

2015 – CHWWork has started on the Nash arch on Battery Walk. This means we now have the pleasure of a portaloo and cabin in the Cutting. Dad keeps asking what it is doing there but, with Alzheimer’s, the question gets asked many times and the answer always forgotten. Typically, due to Natural England’s tardiness and obsession with ‘jobs for the boys’ rules, work has only now started at precisely the wrong time of the year.

PORTALOO and cabin
PORTALOO and cabin

1973 – FJW
Vase of November Pink in the house.

1932 – JCW
The best Sasanqua year I have seen. About 15 rhodo show bits of flowers of which Lutescens is the best.

1925 – JCW
C sasanqua has been fair, but a hard frost last night will finish them. Lapagerias remain the best as in 1918.

1918 – JCW
The old Sasanqua as good as it has ever been. Lapagerias fair, roses some, R decorum yet has flowers. Mucronulatum has a plant or two well out. Erica codonodes and darleyense show flower and so does Bob’s heath here and at Werrington, it is very nice and white.

1906 – JCW
C sasanqua good, lapagerias good, several daff with jonquil blood are up and a few others. Useful lot of roses now.