Warm and sunny but chilly at night.
Dicksonia antarctica growing out of an elderly Camellia japonica.
I was quite wrong a week ago. Today Magnolia ‘Todd’s Fortyniner’ is again the first magnolia to show colour. Only a couple of flowers yet showing but it will not be long in this sun and warmth before it is properly out.
Camellia ‘Buttons and Bows’ is a dainty, slow growing and upright plant but the flowers tend to be a bit hidden in the foliage. Not sure about the name either!
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.
Some interesting white fungi on a dead scots pine.
A general post Christmas holidays tidy up of fallen branches from various storms on the main path by Georges Hut.
Lindera tonkinensis (FMWJ 13123) two years on from planting is clearly thriving and fully evergreen. Large lindera-like leaves.
I have just written a new article on stewartia species at Caerhays so these pictures will be helpful.
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.
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.
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.
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.