1st September

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

2017 – CHW

Elephant or hummingbird hawkmoth caterpillar? Grazing happily on a weed in Kennel Close. The former I believe.

Elephant or hummingbird hawkmoth caterpillar
Elephant or hummingbird hawkmoth caterpillar
The tent for today’s 60th and 30th birthday party on Beach Meadow.
tent for today’s 60th and 30th birthday party
tent for today’s 60th and 30th birthday party
These are the hips on the white climbing rose which we hope Roy Lancaster can identify as a wild collected gift from him 30 plus years ago. The flower trusses have set relatively few small hips with some trusses having none.
hips on the white climbing rose
hips on the white climbing rose
hips on the white climbing rose
hips on the white climbing rose
Fruit just turning black on Vaccinum urceolatum. Fully juicy and ripe soon on this very rare plant.
Vaccinum urceolatum
Vaccinum urceolatum
Vaccinum urceolatum
Vaccinum urceolatum
Rhododendron aperanthum has survived for 100 years at Werrington and is still only 4-5ft tall there. This plant here in the Rockery suddenly looks more healthy. Nearly dead in the spring and never yet a flower after 10 to 15 years. Minimal growth in that time too. Our plants and the Werrington ones are in shade.
Rhododendron aperanthum
Rhododendron aperanthum
Rhododendron russatum has a single secondary autumn flower.
Rhododendron russatum
Rhododendron russatum
As does Rhododendron campylogynum although there are rather more here but half the bush has died over the summer. There seem to be seeds setting to collect later.
Rhododendron campylogynum
Rhododendron campylogynum
Rhododendron campylogynum
Rhododendron campylogynum

2016 – CHW
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’ has a massive second flowering in Kennel Close. The older plant flowered profusely by Georges Hut last autumn and again in the spring before turning up its toes.
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Magnolia ‘Yakeo’
Populus deltoides ‘Purple Tower’ has grown well since planting this spring. This is going to be a dramatic leaf colour plant against a predominantly green background.
Populus deltoides ‘Purple Tower’
Populus deltoides ‘Purple Tower’
Populus deltoides ‘Purple Tower’
Populus deltoides ‘Purple Tower’
Salix fargesii is now shaping up well after initial deer nibbling. The contrast between the red stems and large leaves is attractive and this is clearly a rounded shrub not a tree. It will be interesting to see how it shapes up for any autumn colour.
Salix fargesii
Salix fargesii
Salix fargesii
Salix fargesii
Sorbus japonica from Crug Farm was only planted in 2010 but is already a sturdy tree with attractive drooping branches and contrasting new growth to the old leaves. No fruits yet.
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus japonica
Sorbus thompsonii (also Crug and a 2010 planting) is very erect in habit with enormous leaves. Sadly again no fruits as yet. Both these newly introduced sorbus species are clearly very well worth growing. We have had relatively few sorbus species here historically but there are plenty of new ones now coming on in the garden.
Sorbus thompsonii
Sorbus thompsonii
Sorbus thompsonii
Sorbus thompsonii
Sorbus thompsonii
Sorbus thompsonii
2015 – CHW
Eucryphia cordifolia, late but now at its best. I have to wonder why the reference books say its flower is like a white ‘Rose of Sharon’ (Hypericum calycinum). A strangely absurd comparison between a white flowered tree and a yellow flowered groundcover plant currently very prone to dying of rust. Tut tut Mr Hillier!
Eucryphia cordifolia
Eucryphia cordifolia
Eucryphia cordifolia
Eucryphia cordifolia
Eucryphia cordifolia
Eucryphia cordifolia

1999 – FJW
Harvest finished.

1990 – FJW
Corn and straw in.

1975 – FJW
David killed first partridge – 2 in 1 shot.

1972 – FJW
Corn gathered in. A big lot of straw but yields poor.

1964 – FJW
Very blustery easterly gale (no rain). Lapageria good.

1958 – FJW
Returned from Scotland to find Lapageria out.

1957 – FJW
Charles Henry born.

1919 – JCW
Rhodo’s as above with Haematodes also. Roses fair, cyclamen nice, lapagerias moderate. R websterianum very pretty.

1917 – JCW
The following rhodo’s show bits of flower 10333 – 10278 – scintillans – rupicolum – 10311 – 12468 – decorum – trichocladum – Cunninghams Yellow. Buddleias are over, roses in the three beds are good, hydrangeas are good.

1916 – JCW
Bits of flower on the following rhodo’s – about 5 mountain species, decorum, chrysanthum, venustum, flavidum and auriculatum. The solanum is good, lapageria fair. wood hydrangeas of Wilson’s very nice, drive hydrangeas good, cyclamen nice.

1915 – JCW
The cassia is good, the cyclamen also, the lapagerias fair, the three beds are very good.

1914 – JCW
The cyclamen are at their best, the lapagerias are good, the 3 rose beds good. The cassia is very nice and that is about the end of it.

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