2023 – CHW (images to follow)
2022 – CHW
Looking at John Marston monthly December video from his garden at Gorwell near Barnstaple I was struck by how far ahead of him we are here. He showed sasanqua ‘Hugh Evans’ (long over) and (just starting) sasanqua ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ which were out here in late October. Also, today, I inspected over evergreen Euonymus myrianthus. John’s was covered in yellowy-orange seed pods showing real seeds. Ours dropped long ago. His Schefflera delavayi still in flower. Ours now with ripe seeds.
Three years after pruning a Hydrangea on the Main Ride still with little leaf drop.
So what can we now find out in flower on a drab and wet Boxing Day.The first flower now open (was not yesterday) on Camellia x williamsii ‘Rosemary Williams’. About on a par with recent years.
Gales on the way and already milder and overcast. The water meadows are finally free of flooding for the moment.New growth emerging early on the semi evergreen Pseudocydonia sinensis as it usually does. First few flowers and one large fruit on this 15 to 20 year old large shrub earlier in the year.
This semi-evergreen (perhaps) Sorbus with distinct bark is 20ft in height with a similar spread and has been plastered in berries for weeks. Clearly the pheasants/birds do not like them. It was a Werrington plant which we collected seed from 40 odd years ago and planted three (now one left) above the drive. Sadly the name is lost to me. Could it be Sorbus fansipanensis? This is however a fairly recent UK introduction and, on looking it up, the leaves are totally different to this plant as are the berries.After more research I think it may actually be Cotoneaster glabratus which grows to this sort of height and is evergreen. Several other cotoneaster species have berries which are still untouched in the garden (eg Cotoneaster franchetii).
On reflection I think this was the conclusion to the same query in this diary a year or three ago. A Google check confirms that it is C. glabratus and this makes sense since it was a Wilson 1906 introduction and could well have been growing at Werrington.
I see that we planted a young plant of C. glabratus in the new Beatrice Fleur plantation below White Stiles in late October but it is currently leafless as a young plant.
Another wander about later in the day to help dissipate the effects of a very good lunch at Burncoose yesterday.Azalea ‘Greenway’ with quite a few pale flowers above the greenhouse. Secondary flowers.
2018 – CHW
What do we find out on Boxing Day?
Lapageria rosea ‘Flesh Pink’ still has three flowers months after flowering began.
A few oddments for a brief Boxing Day maraud (entirely sober!).Quercus dentata ‘Karl Ferris Miller’ with all its old leaves intact as usual. It looks rather sinister today.
An elderly survivor from JCW’s cherry collection still grows above the Four in Hand. Prunus autumnalis is not a large tree but, as is typical, its branches have cankerous growths which make them appear somewhat monstrous and matted. The flowers are sparse and not very noticeable but this is an 80 year old cherry at least. Most of what is sold today are the more impressive pink flowering form which would probably have been out several weeks before.
2015 – CHW
Boxing Day – still in bed and so also miss the family lunch. Christmas has totally passed me by this year. No comment necessary!
1991 – FJW
First flower on Gunroom door light Saluenensis.
1970 – FJW
First snow of winter and 8 degrees of frost.
1920 – JCW
Very little open because of the recent frost. Erica darleyense by far the best thin. Lapagerias and Cam sasanqua a few and odd bits of rhodo’s.
1917 – JCW
Mary, May, PM and I at Werrington for the third time and 41 children being very cold indeed. Here Mucronulatum and Hamamelis mollis are good.
1916 – JCW
Mary, May, PM and I at Werrington for the second time. The cold knocked all the flowers out at home but the first bud of Mucronulatum shows.
1915 – JCW
Mary, May, PM and I at Werrington for the first time.
1914 – JCW
All four boys away at the war. A few lapagerias and coums, a rose or two, and some flowers on one of the Thonsonii x Arboreum hybrids. This starts the rhodo season, though Nobleanum and Lutescens have been open for some time.
1913 – JCW
Many good roses, over 100 lapageria on the pillar plant. Clematis cirrhosa very good. Camellia sasanqua, some heaths nice. Sweet leaved geranium fairly good. C coum up. No daffs in flower. Solanum jasminoides very good. R nobleanum fair. No frost marks on the wall. Geraniums uncut.
1909 – JCW
A lot of frost in Nov and Dec, nothing much shows, but a few coums and lapageria and an odd rose. General Election.
1908 – JCW
Much as in 1907 but some bulbs are well on, from the 1 year old pans [?]. R nobleanum nice.
1907 – JCW
No frost yet, some gunnera have green leaves. C sasanqua moderate, a fair lot of roses, lapageria, and coums. Erica hardly open, geraniums fair, wall flowers starting.
1906 – JCW
Much as in 1905. Coums coming on. Cam sasanqua going over, has been very good. Roses some good yet snow but no real frost. Geraniums uncut.
1905 – JCW
Ericas open, C imperati just. Colour on the snowdrops. Frost and damp day stopped rose. Various Stylosa open, just a ting of colour. Lapagerias fair. Primroses moderate, a late year for them. C coum coming on well. Some aconite.
1898 – JCW
Crocus imperati open.
1897 – JCW
120 flowers open on the lapagerias. Charles saw the Lent Lilies breaking through the ground.