21st November

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

2018 – CHW (photos to follow)

Metasequoia glyptostroboides showing its wonderful coppery autumn tints.

The first flowers on a group of unnamed Camellia williamsii hybrids below Tin Garden. These are always the very first to flower.

Another new Camellia sasanqua with its first flowers. Setsugekka is a large single pure white.

Styrax japonica ‘Pendula’ beginning to show its impressive autumn tints.

As we have seen before Quercus dentata ‘Carl Ferris Miller’ holds its leaves right through the winter. As you can see here the upper leaves still show a hint of green while the lower leaves are completely brown.

2017 – CHW

A pheasant has hit the best bathroom window! Plenty of glass in the bath and it seems to have survived its mistake.

A pheasant has hit the best bathroom window!
A pheasant has hit the best bathroom window!

2016 – CHW
Two great seed discoveries today in Forty Acres by Jaimie:Schefflera macrophylla has produced flowers and a huge now ripe set of seeds unseen until now. The seed head stalks are covered in reddish-brown hairs. The seed head is about 4ft across when fully extended.
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
A row of young Crabiodendron yunnanense has also produced a massive array of seed heads. Far more than we have ever seen before on the original plant which is now 25ft or more tall.
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Crabiodendron yunnanense

Jaimie and his team successfully felled the tree which brought down the phone lines this weekend.

2015 – CHW

Sunny but severe hail storms impede my plans today or rather force me to complete the fucking Christmas cards in time to post on 1st December. Lizzie goes ‘hunting’ near St Columb and stays dry. Typical of weather differences between north and south Cornwall.

The Camellia x williamsii hedge on the drive is just coming out about a fortnight after Camellia ‘November Pink’. This lot have never been named and have a much more upright habit than ‘November Pink’. Clearly the cross dates from the late 1920s and they have been pruned more than once with great success.

The pictures are poor but they do show blue or great tit damage where the flowers have been partially dismembered to get at the nectar at the base of the flower. Since they have no scent there cannot be much nectar! Pre the first World War bullfinches did the same and several gardeners deliberately carried foldable 4.10 shotguns to deal with the problem. JCW records a tally of 40 shot on one day in his diary entries which will shortly be online. Some of these poachers’ guns can still be found here today though I will not say where. They fired bullets not cartridges and can hardly have been accurate at over 15 feet. I tried one on the lawn on a tin can a few years ago with staggeringly inaccurate results. No wonder bullfinches are so wary of people! I believe in Kent you could get a licence to shoot them in orchards for the same reason until the 1960s.

Camellia x williamsii hedge
Camellia x williamsii hedge
Camellia x williamsii hedge
Camellia x williamsii hedge
Camellia x williamsii hedge
Camellia x williamsii hedge

1991 – FJW
First proper ice of the winter.

1934 – JCW
Gerald Loder has had a very bad stroke but has held out for some days.

1926 – JCW
The Sasanquas are very pretty, also the Stransvaesias. Several blooms on Lutescens and the two Decorums have flowers.

1916 – JCW
An Rho thomsonii shows flower, some R fastigiatum and that is about all. C sasanquas are nice.

1914 – JCW
Some of the lapagerias are very good. Camellia sasanqua is good. Solanum nice. A cold east wind has come.