11th January

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

2021 – CHW

Milder and overcast today.

The elderly Pieris forrestii ‘Forrest Flame’ above the top wall has well developed flower clusters for the spring as well as equally impressive clusters of not quite yet ripe seeds. Some brown but mostly still green.

Pieris forrestii ‘Forrest Flame’
Pieris forrestii ‘Forrest Flame’
Pieris forrestii ‘Forrest Flame’
Pieris forrestii ‘Forrest Flame’
The elderly (25 to 30 years) Daphne bholua ‘Alba’ is beautifully scented and just coming out today by the greenhouses. The plant is 12ft tall with a similar spread and has shot vigorously where dieback has been pruned out over the years. Rather thin at the top.
Daphne bholua ‘Alba’
Daphne bholua ‘Alba’
Daphne bholua ‘Alba’
Daphne bholua ‘Alba’
Daphne bholua ‘Alba’
Daphne bholua ‘Alba’
A cow parsley in full flower by the frames under a Corylopsis despite the cold last week.
cow parsley
cow parsley
Acacia melanoxylon is still some way off flowering. The trunk is maturing on this large tree which has attractive splitting stripes lower down.
Acacia melanoxylon
Acacia melanoxylon
Acacia melanoxylon
Acacia melanoxylon
The Escallonia ‘Iveyi’ have now had their haircut to reshoot rather quicker than I expected!
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’
Escallonia ‘Iveyi’
Two camellias hatstanded in the Auklandii Garden for the second time in the last 20 years (a ‘Debbie’ and a ‘Mary Costa’).
camellias hatstanded
camellias hatstanded
Uplifting the Nothofagus fusca with the long handled pruner. Now a small chainsaw on a pole! This is to give more light to the next door Magnolia ‘F J Williams’ which the southern beech has started to overshadow.
Nothofagus fusca
Nothofagus fusca
Nothofagus fusca
Nothofagus fusca
Cut back one Camellia ‘Debbie’ to give more room for a Corylopsis clump but leave the two behind standing to cut out the wind and under draft. Good thinking!
Cut back one Camellia ‘Debbie’
Cut back one Camellia ‘Debbie’
First flower (frosted) at the very top of Camellia ‘Anticipation Variegated’.
Camellia ‘Anticipation Variegated’
Camellia ‘Anticipation Variegated’
Still a good half of the leaves still present on Magnolia sieboldii ‘Genesis’ x Magnolia virginiana which, on reflection, is to be expected.
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Genesis’ x Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia sieboldii ‘Genesis’ x Magnolia virginiana
I collected ripe seed today on Schefflera aff. myriocarpa. Then I noticed the first ripe seed ever seen here on this Schefflera delavayi. Lots of small seeds of which by no means all are black and ripe as yet. One for Asia to collect.
Schefflera aff. myriocarpa
Schefflera aff. myriocarpa
Schefflera delavayi
Schefflera delavayi

2020 – CHW
Some interesting white fungi on a dead scots pine.
fungi
fungi
fungi
fungi
Nearby wonderful peeling bark on Betula utilis var. jacquemontii.
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
Betula utilis var. jacquemontii
As ever a few flowers on a young Rhododendron keysii.
Rhododendron keysii
Rhododendron keysii
Rhododendron keysii
Rhododendron keysii
Enormous prickles on the stem of Aralia foliosa.
Aralia foliosa
Aralia foliosa

2019 – CHW
A general post Christmas holidays tidy up of fallen branches from various storms on the main path by Georges Hut.
tidy up
tidy up
The new automatic squirrel traps are starting to work. Spreading the same bait as is in the traps onto the bark of the tree below the trap is working. The squirrels are gnawing at the bark with the bait on.
bark with the bait
bark with the bait
The trick is to stick whole maize onto the tree trunks near the trap within the bait itself. The traps have automatic counters on them which go up to 18. So far two on this trap.
maize
maize
maize
maize

2018 – CHW
Lindera tonkinensis (FMWJ 13123) two years on from planting is clearly thriving and fully evergreen. Large lindera-like leaves.
Lindera tonkinensis
Lindera tonkinensis
Lindera tonkinensis
Lindera tonkinensis
First primroses creeping out all over the garden.
First primroses
First primroses
Last summer’s ripe seed pods and those from the year before (black) still hang on Stewartia pteropetiolata.
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
I know that the old original plant of Stewartia pteropetiolata had lost 20ft of its crown in 1990 and thereafter produced side shoots from the base which are now mature. What I had not realised until looking properly was that the old trunk had rotted and died completely between the new shoots. You can now see daylight through the old trunk at the base.
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Note too how the bark structure has changed from the immature shoots to the more mature ones. A fissured bark but, unlike other species, not a peeling, flaking or exfoliating bark structure.
I have just written a new article on stewartia species at Caerhays so these pictures will be helpful.
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
Stewartia pteropetiolata
A good young Magnolia nitida getting away well for once. We have failed with several in recent years all from seedlings grown here.
Magnolia nitida
Magnolia nitida
Evergreen Viburnum awabuki is new to us and only a year from planting out. Hillier’s say it is a form of Viburnum odoratissimum and this had occurred to me as well. I will photograph the true V. odoratissimum shortly.
Viburnum awabuki
Viburnum awabuki
Viburnum awabuki
Viburnum awabuki
This Rhododendron singogrande is too exposed to the wind. This has limited its leaf size greatly and wind damage is obvious on the leaves. However there is no reduction in the size of the many flower buds for this spring!
Rhododendron singogrande
Rhododendron singogrande
Rhododendron singogrande
Rhododendron singogrande

2017 – CHW
The large clumps of Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’ on the drive are now full out. The old Rhododendron nobleanums beside them are over having been bashed by rain, hail and north wind. Unlike some years they were never really out together.
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’
Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’

2016 – CHW
Another magnolia is out, this time in the main clearing in Forty Acres wood. Magnolia ‘Ethel Hillier’ is a seedling of Magnolia campbellii ‘Alba’ collected from wild collected seed and named after Sir Harold Hillier’s mother. This is often confused with Magnolia ‘Sir Harol Hillier’, another near white ‘Alba’ seedling and named by Nigel Holman of Chyverton.
Magnolia ‘Ethel Hillier’
Magnolia ‘Ethel Hillier’
Magnolia ‘Ethel Hillier’
Magnolia ‘Ethel Hillier’
Magnolia ‘Ethel Hillier’
Magnolia ‘Ethel Hillier’

Camellia ‘Mary Jobson’ has one tit damaged flower by the side door. This x williamsii hybrid has some scent which makes it unusual. Mary Jobson was my father’s niece.

Camellia ‘Mary Jobson’
Camellia ‘Mary Jobson’
Camellia ‘Mary Jobson’
Camellia ‘Mary Jobson’


2004 – FJW
Mild – wet at night – snowdrops out – as is Winter Intruder, Camellias etc.1993 – FJW
Snowdrops well out.1987 – FJW
First snowdrops seen.1963 – FJW
Another hard spell – pond partly frozen over. 10° of frost.

1932 – JCW
A lot of Camellia speciosa in flower, Hamamelis is very good, R mucronulatum wanes, some R sulphureum opening, we have had some good flowers off Caucasicum x for about two months.