2023 – CHW (images to follow)
A cold snap looms again this week and the garden looks grey, wintery and uninviting.
Camellia x williamsii ‘Galaxy’ just out high up – only 2 flowers.
Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ out a bit more.
2022 – CHW
Warm and sunny still with a few bumblebees confused by the weather. Good to see. Is spring here? The birds think so!
Acacia cultriformis nearly out in flower – earlier than usual.
2021 – CHW
Camellia ‘Adolphe Audusson’ now coming out properly on Burns Bank.
Sixty mile an hour winds thrash the garden again two days after Storm Brendan. Twigs and branches all over the newly swept paths.The first colour on a magnolia this year today as a result of the gales. Some pale flowers showing on the elderly Magnolia campbellii by Tin Garden. This is usually the forerunner of the magnolia season but “Todd’s Forty Niner” has come first in the last two years. Nothing doing here yet.
All three flower colours are now evident on Camellia ‘Adelina Patti’ as you can see here. What an extraordinary ‘sporting’ camellia this is. The white flower has some touches of pink but I suspect there will be pure white flowers soon.
The old Paulownia tomentosa tree, located in the Main Quarry, has a dead side branch and from the fissure in the trunk is growing a Pinus radiata seedling. It has clearly been developing here for three or four years. The Pinus radiata grows above the quarry. The paulownia was a birthday gift to my mother from my father but has never really thrived here. Perhaps the soil is too thin or its top is too exposed and cold. Flowering has been sparse over the years with plenty of dieback.
An update on the newer climbing hydrangeas on the top wall. Hydrangea serratifolia (ex Holland) is now romping away but no flowers as yet. Most of the leaves have now serrations at all but the odd larger one has two or three spines on its leave edges and some odd spotting within some leaves. This is possibly insect larvae but does not look like it.
Magnolia ‘Todds Forty-Niner’ ten days on and looking superb.
1985 – FJW
Still very cold (5°), snow and pond frozen over – woodcock and duck shooting forbidden.1973 – FJW
Heaviest gale it is said since 1928 – climax of a very rough fortnight – tree damage considerable – 3 on drive alone. Very mild.
1935 – JCW
Prunus pissardi is showing white. 1898 is ahead of 1935.
1898 – JCW
M de Graaf breaks through, also Princep Mary, Sirius, Golden Bell etc, one seedling of Maximus shows colour and one or two Blandas.