24th December

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

2020 – CHW

Depressing news that Cornwall is now in Tier 2 so all shooting lunches now have to be outside. Malcolm Bell, the head of Cornwall tourist board, believes we should all be locked down completely in a Tier 4 area. Only 67 cases per 100,000 of population in Cornwall. Words fail me!

First flower on Camellia ‘Lady Clare’ by the front door.

Camellia ‘Lady Clare’
Camellia ‘Lady Clare’
Camellia ‘Reigyoku’ with a wonderful show of flowers against its variegated leaves.
Camellia ‘Reigyoku’
Camellia ‘Reigyoku’
Camellia ‘Reigyoku’
Camellia ‘Reigyoku’
Camellia ‘Reigyoku’
Camellia ‘Reigyoku’
Daffodils nearly in flower but the buds have been eaten by pheasants.
Daffodils
Daffodils
Pinus mugo ‘Zundert’ in the afternoon sun.
Pinus mugo ‘Zundert’
Pinus mugo ‘Zundert’
An elderly Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’ just into flower at the top of the bush (about 15ft up).
Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Donation’
First few flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘Jovey Carlyon’.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Jorey Carlyon’
Camellia x williamsii ‘Jorey Carlyon’
Camellia grijsii now full out.
Camellia grijsii
Camellia grijsii
Camellia grijsii
Camellia grijsii
First flowers out on Camellia reticulata ‘Mary Williams’ also high up.
Camellia reticulata ‘Mary Williams’
Camellia reticulata ‘Mary Williams’
An elderly Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’ just below it is now nearly full out (the smaller flowered form and a little later out).
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’
Catastrophe with a large beech tree falling into the young rhododendrons in Higher Quarry Nursery. The second time this has happened in five years. It would seem a northerly gale casualty.
beech tree
beech tree
As usual Azalea ‘Hinomayo’ has a few flowers out for Christmas.
Azalea ‘Hinomayo’
Azalea ‘Hinomayo’

2019 – CHW
Camellia grishii has just a couple of flowers out despite being supposedly a pre-Christmas flowerer in the latest issue of The Garden.
Camellia grishii
Camellia grishii
Camellia grishii
Camellia grishii
Cephalotaxus harringtonii ‘Korean Gold’ shows up well on an overcast afternoon. Two years on from planting in a cold exposed spot it is still finding its feet and filling out.
Cephalotaxus harringtonii ‘Korean Gold’
Cephalotaxus harringtonii ‘Korean Gold’
Cephalotaxus harringtonii ‘Korean Gold’
Cephalotaxus harringtonii ‘Korean Gold’
Magnolia “Todd’s Forty Niner” was showing colour this time last year but not today!
Magnolia “Todd’s Forty Niner”
Magnolia “Todd’s Forty Niner”
Another good yellow conifer showing up which I first saw at The Savill Garden. Picea glauca ‘Piccolo’ which is dwarf growing and colours up well in cold.
Picea glauca ‘Piccolo’
Picea glauca ‘Piccolo’
Nearby is Podocarpus totara ‘Aurea’ which I fear these pictures do not do justice to. A very visible yellow in the clearing above the greenhouse.
Podocarpus totara ‘Aurea’
Podocarpus totara ‘Aurea’
Podocarpus totara ‘Aurea’
Podocarpus totara ‘Aurea’
Saw two house martens today overflying the lawn and twittering forlornly to each other. It is mild enough still for insects to be about so they may yet survive.

2018 – CHW
Tree fern seedlings developing in the moss at the base of an elderly sweet chestnut tree.
Tree fern seedlings
Tree fern seedlings
The sweet chestnut is dying of old age and these two sets of fungi are starting to assist the process of decay.
fungi
fungi
fungi
fungi
The best thing in the garden on Christmas Eve is Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’ which is a glorious dark red and much darker than the nearby Rhododendron nobleanum which is one of the parents in my father’s original cross.
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Still some blue or bluish-green flowers on the hydrangeas on the drive.
hydrangeas on the drive
hydrangeas on the drive
hydrangeas on the drive
hydrangeas on the drive

2017 – CHW
A trip to Forty Acre Wood to inspect the biggest Schefflera macrophylla. Some leaves dropping and all the seeds have shed from the flower stalk already. This really is a huge and impressive plant.
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
Schefflera macrophylla
No seeds left on the ground but plenty of deer droppings so perhaps they have enjoyed them.
deer droppings
deer droppings
A few camellia seeds from an adjacent plant remain uneaten.
camellia seeds
camellia seeds
This 15 to 20 year old planting is really taking shape. The rhododendrons especially.
15 to 20 year old planting
15 to 20 year old planting
15 to 20 year old planting
15 to 20 year old planting
The Crabiodendron yunnanense hedge has plenty of seed clusters which I collect for Asia to grow.
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Crabiodendron yunnanense
Saxegothaea conspicua is doing well.
Saxegothaea conspicua
Saxegothaea conspicua
As are a row of Rhododendron arboreum but in too much shade.
Rhododendron arboreum
Rhododendron arboreum
A clump of Arundinaria anceps. Most other clumps at Burncoose have recently flowered and died.
Arundinaria anceps
Arundinaria anceps
Also a nice new self sown clump of Pseudosasa japonica which flowered and died out 20 to 30 years ago here as well.
Pseudosasa japonica
Pseudosasa japonica
The river could do with cleaning out by the bridge.
river
river
river
river
The pampas grass flowers on the islands in the lake show up well.
pampas grass flowers
pampas grass flowers

2016 – CHW
This is the first primrose out on the bank opposite the front door. I saw it a week ago first. No others yet showing.
first primrose
first primrose

2015 – CHW
Christmas Eve – still in bed with splitting headache.

1988 – FJW
Camellias as 1977. Very mild indeed for time of year. Supposed to be a 50°F xmas.1977 – FJW
Williamsii well out. Pink Saluenensis by Gunroom in flower. George Blandford ¼ out very early. Wet year to date with gales. Many big rhodo’s and magnolias seem to have decided to live after 1976 drought.1962 – FJW
10 degrees frost beginning of cold spell and easterly gales.

1941 – CW
Camellias out – oleifera, double white (Engine House), and a few speciosa hybrids. Cam sasanqua nearly over. Rho mucronulatum very good. Also a Sutchuenense hybrid above Rookery. Some lapagerias and fuschias. Odd bits of forsythia and hamamelis.