4th December

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FJW 1955-2007
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CHW 2015-
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JCW 1897-1939
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CW 1940-1955

2020 – CHW

Incredibly mild and sea fret overnight under a full moon. The camellias are rushing out day by day in the warmth and sun of unlocked down Cornwall.

Views today of the reflections in the lake and the castle in a slight haze as the last mist lifts.

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Prince Charles’ blue cedar was planted on 24th April 1984. I could not remember the other day.
blue cedar
blue cedar
Camellia ‘Show Girl’ is out. A tiny bud but a huge flower which opens flat. Asia has propagated this and it should soon be in the Burncoose catalogue. Very early flower. A cross between Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ and Camellia reticulata ‘Damanao’ bred in California in 1966.
Camellia ‘Show Girl’
Camellia ‘Show Girl’
Camellia ‘Show Girl’
Camellia ‘Show Girl’
I had expected Camellia cuspidata to be out soon and have checked but here it suddenly is in the Rookery. Only one of the several plants here has flowers as yet.
Camellia cuspidata
Camellia cuspidata
Camellia cuspidata
Camellia cuspidata
Every day there is something to find which you have never seen before. Griselinia ruscifolia in flower. Purplish flower stems and fluffy erect heads of tiny flowers from quite small plants. The flowering branches are bending over with the weight of the flower heads.
Griselinia ruscifolia
Griselinia ruscifolia
Griselinia ruscifolia
Griselinia ruscifolia
Griselinia ruscifolia
Griselinia ruscifolia
Three windbreak conifers now in place. Thuja koraiensis, which was a 1917 Wilson introduction. One has done well up in Kennel Close and these small resilient trees seem just the job in this gap nearest the sea.
Thuja koraiensis
Thuja koraiensis
I have been looking at Camellia ‘Winton’ (Camellia cuspidata x Camellia saluenensis) above Orchid House Nursery for some days and suddenly it is well out. It really was not yesterday!
Camellia ‘Winton’
Camellia ‘Winton’
Camellia ‘Winton’
Camellia ‘Winton’
Camellia ‘Admiral Spry’ is another unexpected early bird. Clearly a bird has had a go at one of these large flowers.
Camellia ‘Admiral Spry’
Camellia ‘Admiral Spry’
Camellia ‘Admiral Spry’
Camellia ‘Admiral Spry’
Fallen flowers already from the record sized but unnamed Camellia x williamsii outside the front gate which is now at its best.
Camellia x williamsii
Camellia x williamsii
Camellia x williamsii
Camellia x williamsii

2019 – CHW
Sunshine and finally some of the cold autumn weather we have been promised after six wet weeks.The Camellia x williamsii ‘JC Williams’ hedge outside the front arch is now full out and I cut a bunch for Lizzie to decorate Dad & Mum’s new granite headstone and surround which is finally complete in the churchyard.

Camellia x williamsii ‘JC Williams’
Camellia x williamsii ‘JC Williams’
Camellia x williamsii ‘JC Williams’
Camellia x williamsii ‘JC Williams’
A week on again the Ginkgo biloba is now shedding and almost totally yellow. Three gorgeous weeks of colour.
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba
One does not think of Rehderodendron macrocarpum as having autumn colour but this is not too bad I suppose beside the ginkgo.
Rehderodendron macrocarpum
Rehderodendron macrocarpum
Rehderodendron macrocarpum
Rehderodendron macrocarpum

2018 – CHW
The camellia season is upon us with many first flowers to be seen.Camellia ‘Tricolor’ on the drive.
Camellia ‘Tricolor’
Camellia ‘Tricolor’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ on the Main Ride.
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’ at The Pound. The plant beside the front door had a few odd flowers which I failed to capture before they were frosted and then blown away. Some frost damage can be seen here.
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Camellia ‘Noblissima’
Vaccinum megaphyllum with nearly ripe berries which Asia could soon collect.
Vaccinum megaphyllum
Vaccinum megaphyllum
Sarcocca wallichii in flower in the Auklandii Garden. About the same timing as last year.
Sarcocca wallichii
Sarcocca wallichii
Sarcocca wallichii
Sarcocca wallichii

2017 – CHW
Erica arborea coming out above the castle. No scent today late afternoon.
Erica arborea
Erica arborea
Erica arborea
Erica arborea
Worrying that this brick buttress on the top wall is breaking up largely caused by an ilex oak seedling which is now embedded. The buttress is no longer attached to the wall either so remedial action here soon.
buttress is no longer attached to the wall
buttress is no longer attached to the wall
oak seedling
oak seedling
brick buttress
brick buttress
Also large cracks and holes in the wall and a Cotoneaster franchetii ‘doing nicely’ growing from the top between slate slabs. Time for a KPK attack to relay the slate slabs in cement and fill in the holes.
large cracks and holes in the wall
large cracks and holes in the wall

2016 – CHW
First flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ on the Main Ride. Rather small flowers on this old plant.
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’
Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’

2015 – CHW

Nice colours on Parrotia persica which will probably be out in flower in four to six weeks with no winter hibernation at all.

Parrotia persica
Parrotia persi
Hydrangea ‘Madame Mouilliere’ still has some perfect flowers left above Red Linney. Staggering after many months of show but this clump was massively invigorated by a major chop down three or four years ago.
Hydrangea ‘Madame Mouilliere’
Hydrangea ‘Madame Mouilliere’

2000 – FJW
George Williams fired air gun and connected with a tin. [?] and played the flute.

1932 – JCW
Lapagerias nice. Cam sasanqua has been good. R lutescens opening some early ones. Erica darleyense has fairly started opening. Fuchsias our best things.

1921 – JCW
Just about as in 1917 but we have had good planting weather for November. Erica cordonodes is nice, the lapagerias hold on and one Rho sutchuenense is opening.

1917 – JCW
Had three weeks dry, it is a cold S.E wind. Bits of Cam sasanqua and Cam japonica open also Erica codonodes and darleyense. Rho venustum is nice. Cotoneaster salicifolia is good.

1916 – JCW
Much as in 1914 but it is dry now after a very wet autumn.

1914 – JCW
No snow so far, not much frost. Geraniums holding on. Lapagerias several. Camellia sasanqua a few. Some roses. We have lately had real rain in a dry autumn.

1904 – JCW
Heavy snow and some frost last week, not very much damage. Measured a leaf of Mag hypoleuca to be 17 1/2 inches by 8 ½. Lapagerias and Cam sasanqua coming again after the frost. Bits of Erica codonodes out. Nar M clusii open in a frame.