2018 – CHW
A younger form of Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ with less pink blotching in the flowers than the old plant on the Top Wall.
A clump of Rhododendron davidsonianum has been hard pruned to reshoot.
A surprise unknown rhododendron in the yakusimanum hybrids clump has several flowers. Cannot place it.
2015 – CHW
Before the rain I revisit the liquidambers to see how the colour has developed in the last few days. Answer: virtually no progress and still largely green in leaf.
On the way I come across a small Ginkgo ‘Jade Butterflies’ which had previously been hidden away by deciduous azaleas now cut down. No hint of yellow autumn colour yet but a tidy little plant with very attractive leaves. A 2008 planting of three different leaved named ginkgos but very slow progress which is typical of ginkgos. I will try to catch up with the other varieties when they turn colour.
Many flowers on Nov Pink. Very wet year – very wet week.1962 – FJW
Rain came after 3 weeks.
1953 – CW
Picked first Camellia oleifera from wall almost open. Many pink Sasanqua as well as white open. Lot of Rho neriiflorum in Drive, also mucronulatum. November Pink showing colour, picked 2 buds.
1934 – JCW
Things are much as is usual and no frost as yet. Magnolia delavayi has had some fairish flower.
1918 – JCW
Lapagerias, hydrangeas, rose beds are fairly good. R decorum and neriiflorum look well. Various other rhodo’s give bits of flower. Clematis panniculata is good.
1906 – JCW
C sasanqua in flower (two or three). A few two year old daffs up. Cyclamen are good yet and so are the lapagerias and roses. There has been a long fine autumn now apparently breaking.
1903 – JCW
We have two Polyanthus seedlings in flower. Tin Garden, a few two years old showing, no one year old. The cyclamen are over now.
(Handwritten note attached to Garden Book page, 1931)
Put in about 18 seeds of C speciosa x Camellia reticulata close to Gun Room door.
(Additional Note: July 21st 1932: six seeds are up.)