28th 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

2018 – CHW

Adult foliage finally starting to appear on Xanthocyparis vietnamensis. A good three years since this was planted and, as I have said before, in a stupid place. It needs moving!

Xanthocyparis vietnamensis
Xanthocyparis vietnamensis
An old lead label on a huge mature Camellia ‘Mathotianum’ emerged as it was given a haircut. Very few of these 100 year old lead labels have survived the gnawing of squirrels over the years. Quite why they have found lead labels so attractive is difficult to say. The individual labels were laboriously stamped letter by letter into the lead. Today this plant would be called Camellia ‘Mathotiana’ (‘Mathotiana Rubra’). The original spelling of ‘CAMELIA’ on the label is presumably a mistake? Or is it? There is a fine story about JCW who, on hearing that Americans were calling or pronouncing camellias as ‘camelia’, insisted that camellia was spelt with two Ls and pronounced as we all now know!
Camellia ‘Mathotiana’
Camellia ‘Mathotiana’
Camellia ‘Mathotiana’
Camellia ‘Mathotiana’

2017 – CHW
The Camellia sasanqua clump below the greenhouse still full out – just double pinks today; the whites are over.

Camellia sasanqua clump
Camellia sasanqua clump
Camellia sasanqua clump
Camellia sasanqua clump
First flower on Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’ rather earlier than usual. Three flowers only and just singletons.
Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’
Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’
Escallonia rubra var macrantha strangely full out by the greenhouses. At least that is what I think it is? Need to check with Jaimie.
Escallonia rubra var macrantha
Escallonia rubra var macrantha
Escallonia rubra var macrantha
Escallonia rubra var macrantha

2016 – CHW
A solitary flower left on the arum (Zantedeshia aethiopica) by the gents’ loos. Looking at the growth on the clump this may be the first of next year’s flowers rather than the last of this year’s. No frost at all yet anyway!
arum
arum

2015 – CHW

We do not think of wisteria as being good autumn colour but just look at this adorning the outside gents’ loo! The actinidia grows through it and is still green. This is Wisteria sinensis ‘Black Dragon’ but other older wisteria growing in ancient yew trees are just as colourful at present. Another nice surprise on a day threatening to wet the shooting party.

Wisteria sinensis ‘Black Dragon’
Wisteria sinensis ‘Black Dragon’
Wisteria sinensis ‘Black Dragon’
Wisteria sinensis ‘Black Dragon’

1979 – FJW
Philip brought in xmas cheer for the house.

1927 – JCW
The quarry cherry has a fair lot of flowers. The early Hamamellis mollis is open.

1927 – JCW
Much as in 1923.

1923 – JCW
We have had some frost as compared with 1922. Berberis polyantha is good now. Some Erica codonodes in flower. H mollis is moving but not showing colour. C sasanquas frosted. Erica darleyense not quite open.

1922 – JCW
Roses – lapagerias – hydrangeas – Erica darleyense are all fair. I saw the first bit of Hamamelis mollis, also the first few Camellia sasanqua. There is only one Maddeni hybrid open but it is very lovely.

1911 – JCW
Solanum not quite all out or C sasanqua, but we have had some frost. Roses hold on and the Erica codonodes are opening nicely. Clematis cirrhosa is good.

1909 – JCW
We have had two weeks of frost. Ice on the pond. A very rainless late summer and autumn. Very few daffs of any age moving. C sasanqua has been cut. Rho decorum is in flower now and has been all Oct and Nov. Lapagerias over.

1908 – JCW
The finest autumn anyone can remember. Daffs of most ages are showing. Roses the best I have known so late. Solanum good. Iris alata and stylosa open etc.

1902 – JCW
Camellia sasanqua by the stables very good. A few seedlings of all ages are up. A good lot of roses yet. Have renewed the lapageria border.

1898 – JCW
Many seedlings above ground, say a dozen. Some 3 yr olds about 10. A good few yearlings moving in particular the maximus x but no 2 yr olds.