2023 – CHW
Camellia japonica ‘Volunteer’ is out early with quite a variation in the colour of its flowers as you can see here. Some redder and some pinker. Pinker ones turn redder before dropping.
The sun has attracted large flocks of gulls of several species to enjoy the warmth. The swans seem unperturbed in their midst.
A depressing overcast and drizzly day to match the depressed mood of everyone you speak to on the telephone or by email. Even harsher lockdowns still are threatened by the government which presumably means a curfew and even less people at work. I really do wonder if we will be able to open the gardens on 14th February. The National Garden Scheme have today closed and cancelled all their garden openings for a month at least. The end of this misery still seems a long way off.So a look at some leaves and bark on evergreen oaks above Crinodendron Hedge.This is one of Lady Anne Palmer or Alan Coombes’ Mexian evergreen oaks; or so I thought! Planted in 2008 with a very distinct habit and bark colourings. Large leathery leaves and when I look further into the plans it is actually a Schima wallichii which I had forgotten about. We do have four separate species of Schima (khasiana, argentea and superba).
2020 – CHW
We are now switching to using sunflower seeds in the squirrel traps as the maize is not attracting them any more.
First flowers on Osmanthus yunnanensis. Only a few bits of the old pollarded tree survive.
More evergreen azaleas out on the Main Ride. A clump of my father’s hybrids which are unnamed and quite dark in colour but not really that good.
Very heavy rain all day. Cold north wind and snow up country. I think that the plants all knew this was coming and hence why, despite the mild autumn, everything is well behind last year. The garden has not moved at all from Christmas really and the camellias are definitely late overall.
2016 – CHW
Despite the thunder, hail and torrential rain over the weekend the magnolia outside the back yard continues to come out despite some damage. Now about a dozen flowers.
1997 – FJW
Thaw came and produced very mild weather.
1987 – FJW
The coldest day I have seen. 10° frost (10 a.m), 18° frost (10 p.m), moderate snow.
1978 – FJW
Fine unspoilt blooms of Trewidden Grande brought in by Philip.
1935 – JCW
A few Lutescens, the best of the mucronulatum killed on Jan 11th.
1914 – JCW
Coums at about ⅓. Flowers are open on the following species of Rhodoⁿ chrysanthum, keysii, yunnanense, lutescens, blood red Arboreum, mucronulatum (vg), Fargesii, 2 or 3 Camellias.
1902 – JCW
Coums at their very best. The first Soleil D’or open.