18th December

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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

2020 – CHW

A carpet of seedlings under a solitary Podocarpus salignus. You never see enough podocarps or red berries on the tree to realise it can produce such a crop. Nor had I realised that this was a female (and self-sown) tree about 40 yards from the main clump.

Podocarpus salignus
Podocarpus salignus
Styrax hookeri still has some leaf but the seeds have dropped.
Styrax hookeri
Styrax hookeri
Buds now showing up on Michelia doltsopa but nothing like the crop which it has produced in the last two years. Drought again I suspect but it did overdo it last spring.
Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa
Michelia doltsopa
A tail end flower on Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’ without any hints of red by Georges Hut.
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’
Hydrangea ‘Fireworks’
Most of the buds on a young Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ have shed the first of their outer bud coverings dangerously early in the wind and mild weather. A few years ago this plant flowered a bit in the autumn and, although the flowers did not open properly, the sap was up and dieback ensued after minor cold. This has now been pruned out and the plant has recovered for now.
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’

2019 – CHW
Camellia sasanqua ‘Sugar Plum’ lives up to its name and is well worth Asia propagating. One young plant above the two veitchiis.

Camellia sasanqua ‘Sugar Plum’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Sugar Plum’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Sugar Plum’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Sugar Plum’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Sugar Plum’
Camellia sasanqua ‘Sugar Plum’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ was full out three weeks from the first flower opening as seen then in this diary.
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’

2018 – CHW
The new gas operated squirrel traps which have been recently legalised by the government have just arrived and here is a picture of one of them. The bait smells particularly horrible and we must wait and see if the squirrels are inclined to play. The whole point about these traps is that they do not need to be inspected daily and that the dead squirrels simply fall to the ground. It will be interesting to see if they work.
squirrel traps
squirrel traps
On a happier note, here is a picture of a red squirrel enjoying its nuts in a garden in Seaview – very close to our holiday home. The Isle of Wight remains grey squirrel free.
red squirrel
red squirrel

2017 – CHW

Another trip to look at the schefflera collection.

Schefflera taiwaniana has just finished flowering and is now setting seed. It has a multi stemmed habit.

Schefflera taiwaniana
Schefflera taiwaniana
Schefflera taiwaniana
Schefflera taiwaniana
Schefflerea pauciflora is still a small plant with a single stem but is now sporting a fine crop of nearly ripe seeds.
Schefflerea pauciflora
Schefflerea pauciflora
Schefflera aff. myriocarpa has also recently finished flowering and has huge trusses of seeds setting.
Schefflera aff. myriocarpa
Schefflera aff. myriocarpa
Schefflera aff. myriocarpa
Schefflera aff. myriocarpa
Schefflera macrophylla is starting to put out a huge new growth shoot coated in orange-brown indumentum.
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera alpina has seeds like ivy berries in similar clusters.
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Schefflera alpina
Some schefflera species flowered in late summer and some in mid autumn but the seeds are all the key feature of these superb plants in mid to late December. Much seed for Asia to collect although not all of it is ripe yet.

2016 – CHW
Jaimie has discovered one of our last true Blood Red arboreums in Dry Walls. It was revealed when the laurel was felled around it. Certainly one to propagate from.
Blood Red arboreums
Blood Red arboreums
Blood Red arboreums
Blood Red arboreums
Blood Red arboreums
Blood Red arboreums
Blood Red arboreums
Blood Red arboreums

2015 – CHW

A few camellias emerge early alongside the drive below the Top Lodge. All were planted as large plants in 2009.
‘Jurys Yellow’ has a single flower.

CAMELLIA ‘Jurys Yellow’
CAMELLIA ‘Jurys Yellow’
So does ‘Prestons Rose’; or rather I think that is the right name but need to check.
CAMELLIA ‘Prestons Rose’
CAMELLIA ‘Prestons Rose’
CAMELLIA ‘Prestons Rose’
CAMELLIA ‘Prestons Rose’

1987 – FJW
First flower on C noblissima.

1979 – FJW
Storms (not so bad) still continue.

1965 – FJW
Pale Saluenensis by Gunroom door – a few flowers – November Pink sparse. Nobleanum good but Mucronulatum only coming. Very wet since November 15th.

1953 – CW
Still mild. Rhododendrons not forward but Camellias are. Saluenensis the shiny leaf form covered with flower, some of others opening. November Pink still good. Fuchsias and roses also lapagerias not out yet. Rho mucronulatum good and nobleanum but little else.

1934 – JCW
I picked the Devon polyanthus 3 days back, just as above for most things.

1931 – JCW
Rhododendron nobleanum is good in the Drive. Hydrangeas near the lodge not touched by the frost. Some roses about, I could pick bits of say 6 species of rhodo’n and 2 hyrbids.