2020 – CHW
Blustery day of heavy showers, thunder and lightning. Cold and unpleasant.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Inspiration’ is nicely out in the Auklandii Garden.
Camellia x vernalis ‘Dawn’ with its irregular and sometimes minimal yellow leaf blotching or variegation has been out for some time outside the School Room. The two 1895 plants had a haircut this summer while scaffolding was erected to replace the leadwork on the roof. So not many flowers, lots of new growth and variegation mainly on the older untrimmed foliage. An impressive semi-double white flower and certainly one to add to the Tregothnan national collection of sasanquas. They have x vernalis but not ‘Dawn’.
Here is the plain yellow form of Rhododendron Golden Oriole Group – ‘Talavera’.
An investigation into some new young trees below the tree fern on the main ride.Acer heptaphlebium has no real autumn colour here at a young age but holds its leaves late into autumn. Odd name to pronounce!
Hamamelis day in the nursery! Most varieties are just out in pots and rather splendid although more flowers to open on most. The nursery plants readily beat the garden ones which have yet to show.Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Rubin’ (small size catalogue plant and plant as you would order it today) – a new variety for us to stock which I saw as a large clump last spring at Rosemoor.
Hamamelis mollis ‘Pallida’ – small sized plants.
2015 – CHW
Continuing the theme of absurd things being out in late December we have:Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’ full out with a few leaves still on what may have once been a secondary flowering flush in September.
Rhododendron ‘Countess of Haddington’ is trying to come out four months early.
2000 – FJW
Cold spell started – south coast of Cornwall the mildest place to be.
1987 – FJW
Flowers on Cam George Blandford. November Pink well out.
1972 – FJW
Four days of gales.
No Camellia sasanqua open yet.
1931 – JCW
The first camellia speciosa is open today.
1930 – JCW
White Cam japonica has been open for a fortnight. H mollis is very good. Caucasicum venustum is good in the dwelling house. Some few flowers of Gordonia have been excellent.
1921 – JCW
The above camellia has been out a month also Thea 1, Thea 11. Speciosa, sasanqua and heaths very good indeed. R mucronulatum nice. Rho venustum good. R [?] fair. The Gordonia anomala is just going out of flower. Many daffs are up. Coums have been showing for a week.
1919 – JCW
The white camellia by the Engine House has a flower open. Hamamelis mollis is about at its best. Rho mucronulatum is very good indeed but it should be better presently.
1900 – JCW
C picked a snowdrop open.
1899 – JCW
Crocus imperati not open yet shows colour. Iris stylosa (two kinds) and Iris bakeriana open. Several roses yet.