2023 – CHW (images to follow)
2022 – CHW
The cold snap continues. The Back Yard is a sheet of ice. Freezing rain showers. Roads unsafe.
Rhododendron augustinii with a few secondary flowers by Tin Garden.#
Cleaning out the roof gutters which run through the roof space over the castle is not a pleasant or easy job. They can readily become blocked by a dead bird or large magnolia leaves. Here is Jaimie actually in the roof space with the new inspection covers off rodding the roof gutters to remove silt and house martin droppings accumulated over the summer. Prior to the new leadwork these inspection covers did not exist.
A small smattering of rather unimpressive flowers on Osmanthus x fortunei which I have been waiting to catch. Some on the stems and a few as terminal clusters.
Camellia x hiemalis ‘Dazzler’ just coming out outside the front gate. A really good red sasanqua cross.
A few new plants at Burncoose today.Taxus baccata ‘Repens Aurea’ is a new golden yew. A new introduction for next year’s catalogue and website I guess.
Correas in full flower for Christmas. What great plants these are for the greenhouse.Correa ‘Marians Marvel’ looking pristine.
Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ just out through the arch. A little late this year.
2015 – CHW
Big tidy up in the Auklandii Garden underway with tree pruning, camellia pollarding and removal of deads. The large yew has been pollarded too, about 20 years since I last remember it being done. Lots more light for other things to grow better without letting in the wind.
1934 – JCW
I saw two Camellia speciosa buds showing flowers. So far no frost, no big wind smash, but it has been very rude weather.
1933 – JCW
Just the hardest frost I can remember, I expect all the fuchsias are dead and the flower buds in all our soft rhodo’s.
1932 – JCW
Erica darleyense is starting to open, had a record smash for one tree’s work on the Engine House nursery.
1926 – JCW
No Erica darleyense yet. Hamamelis mollis ¼ open, the rest much as in 1922, the Maddeni hybrid in particular.
1922 – JCW
Erica darleyense, Berberis polyantha, Cotoneaster salicifolia are the best things and a nice lot of flower on one. R cyanocarpum and one Maddeni x Roylei, this last has been out for six weeks.
1919 – JCW
Some Hamamelis is in full flower. Clematis cirrhosa is open well.