A very dark and threatening sea on a cold day.
The first primrose on the bank outside the front door. Not a record early appearance I suspect.
A young Sorbus hupehensis (now Sorbus pseudohupehensis ‘Pink Pagoda’ apparently) with a good late show of berries in Kennel Close. Very fine today.
First flowers on the paler of the two original Camellia saluenensis by the ladies loo. A little later than last year but this needs checking.
Quite a few things out by the front door.Dahlia tenuicaulis finally has a decent flower. A single pinkish-purple which will grace Christmas Day.
The young Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ – pink form has two flowers out on the drive today. The mature clump in the garden has yet to show.
2015 – CHW
The darker form of the original Forrest Camellia saluenensis is now full out outside the ladies’ loo while its lighter counterpart next door has already shed most of its flush of flowers in the wind. Plenty of that in another drab week of gales, wind and no sun.
1932 – JCW
Fuchsias are nearly over from the wind. Hydrangeas are fair. Hamamelis mollis is very good indeed. 40-50 lapagerias under the bathroom window.
1927 – JCW
Our cold wind with zero in E and N England turned to S.W for the time. Flowers as above in 1920.
1920 – JCW
The frost left yesterday and Rho moupinense showed colour at once. Some lapagerias and Camellia sasanqua retain a few flowers.
1916 – JCW
A recent hard frost has cut away all kinds of blooms.
1914 – JCW
Some coums show, also some Cam sasanqua, lapagerias,. Rhodo’s lutescens, mucronulatum, nobleanum, keysii, thomsonii show bits of flowers.
1908 – JCW
Some coums, some polyanthus and blue primulas.
1903 – JCW
Coums begin to look well, three or four polyanthus daffs open, and have been some of them since October. Cam sasanqua just over, a few lapageria and some tame primrose.