3rd December

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

2019 – CHW

Jaimie and the team have started leaf clearance on the drive. We spent some time at the Royal Cornwall Show trying to identify a machine with a brush which could do the job more quickly. However the gap between the tarmac and the bank is usually very narrow and it gets filled with soil over the year as well as leaves. Without hard digging the drains simply do not work. Everything mechanical which we have tried does not do the job as well as the old fashioned spade and a lot of effort.

leaf clearance on the drive
leaf clearance on the drive
A few seeds for the first time that we have noticed high up on the 40 year old Davidia involucrata in the Auklandii Garden. This tree replaced the one here before whose trunk split out three ways. It was probably three Davidias planted together as there used to be a competition between large gardens to produce the Davidia with the biggest girth.
Davidia involucrata
Davidia involucrata
Gutter damage in the winds on the Stable Flat.
Gutter damage
Gutter damage
Actinidia deliciosa with good autumn colour by the gents’ loo long after the intertwined wisteria has shed its leaves.
Actinidia deliciosa
Actinidia deliciosa
Actinidia deliciosa
Actinidia deliciosa

2018 – CHW
Storms bring down a tree on the road to Tregavarras by the post box. A few other branches and small trees to clear as well. Not as much damage as expected.
down a tree
down a tree
We hear a coastguard siren rushing from Caerhays Beach to Portholland. A car has rolled off the concrete slipway at Portholland with, thankfully, no one inside. The waves have battered the car and moved it along the beach. We need to get bollards erected here to prevent a ‘handbrake incident’ (or an insurance event?) occurring when the beach is full in the summer. The council refused to do this a few years ago.
car has rolled off
car has rolled off

2017 – CHW
Here is Isla Rose standing on her hind legs for the first time aged seven months. I am not ashamed to be a rather proud grandfather but am doing my planting bit for her to enjoy in 30 years’ time or sooner! More dreckly!
Isla Rose standing
Isla Rose standing
A new evergreen plant to us in flower – Dasyphyllum diacanthoides. Very odd flowers which look a lot like Illicium flowers. Not in Hillier’s or New Trees no nothing to find out other than what I see.
Dasyphyllum diacanthoides
Dasyphyllum diacanthoides
Dasyphyllum diacanthoides
Dasyphyllum diacanthoides

2016 – CHW
First few flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’. We have seen earlier but a cold east wind these last two days.
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’
Camellia x williamsii ‘St Ewe’

Camellia ‘Jurys Yellow’ will soon be out as well above the Auklandii Garden.

Camellia ‘Jurys Yellow’
Camellia ‘Jurys Yellow’

2015 – CHW

A rough windy day but none of the rain again forecast by day.The Rhododendron nobleanums are now full out on the drive and making quite a decent display. No sign yet of its lovely hybrid, ‘Winter Intruder’, though.

Rhododendron nobleanums
Rhododendron nobleanums
The unnamed x williamsii camellia opposite is now full out but its three neighbours are not in the same hedge. Normally they all come together. Quite a show on the drive which attracts comment from our shooting parties who ask if this is all early. ‘Not really’ is the answer although this has been the mildest of autumns. We often think that a cold snap vernalises camellias into flower quicker than prolonged mild. Rather like the snowdrops.
unnamed x williamsii camellia
unnamed x williamsii camellia
Still only one solitary flower on Camellia ‘Gauntlettii’ by the front door. After a visit to the nursery I wonder if this is in fact Camellia ‘Noblissima’? The family have always called it ‘Sodegasuki’ which I may have interpreted as ‘Sodekakushi’ (ie ‘Gauntlettii’). The two are similar and ‘Gauntlettii’ is described as a ‘weak’ grower which would certainly fit but ‘Noblissima’ is described as ‘very early’ (for a Camellia japonica cultivar). If the camellia ‘bible’, which is currently at Burncoose, says ‘Sodegasuki’ is another name for ‘Noblissima’ this solves the puzzle. If not then this very ancient original japonica cultivar remains a puzzle or perhaps the family have promulgated the wrong name? When it is fully out we can ‘go compare’ on other websites.
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Camellia ‘Gauntlettii’
Camellia ‘Gauntlettii’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
These three pictures [from gardenruminations.wordpress.com] make it clear it is Camellia ‘Noblissima’ but you can see how the confusion has arisen.

1974 – FJW
Potatoes at last in ground. Very wet year.

1950 – CW
Snow and some frost. Not bad so far. A few Saluenensis hybrids out and Taliensis. Hardly any rhodo’s. Some fuchsias and lapageria.

1949 – CW
Camellia sasanqua still very good also Oleifera. Big quarry early pink been out for 3 weeks, also Engine House double white. Lapagerias good, some fuchsias still nice. Rho lutescens a lot out and very many other odd bits. Yellow Hammer good. Large vases of pink and yellow Maddeni hybrids in the hall. Leaves by no means all off. White heath very nice.

1934 – JCW
Lapagerias have some flowers. Camellia sasanqua several also.

1930 – JCW
No real frost yet. Camellia sasanqua, Christmas camellia all with flowers, also lapageria and some fuchsias. Erica darleyense in flower and some Rho lutescens and neriiflorum.

1925 – JCW
Frost on and off for a good many nights, today it’s right across the pond. Berberis polyantha is far the best thing we have.