2023 – CHW
Cold North wind but no frost yet.
Fatsia polycarpa now out. Too big a plant now to photograph easily.
First solitary flower on Camellia ‘Sundae’. None of the other newer varieties on Sinogrande Walk are showing as yet.
The elderly Camellia ‘Imbricata’ on the top wall just starting.
Daphne bholua ‘Limpsfield’ one year on from planting in a border is full out.
Magnolia ‘Star Wars’ has had the odd rather decimated flower as we have seen over the last two or three months but here is a proper one bursting open. Again, we fear what might be coming weather-wise.
Rhododendron mucronulatum full out in the sun despite a cold SE wind. A much darker colour on this old plant than on the younger plants elsewhere.
The Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is just out and rather later into flower than last year by the side door. This is a replacement plant for one which died here after 12 to 15 years. A short lived plant. No scent on it yet.
Another magnolia is out in Bond Street. It is Magnolia Red Lion which is the same cross as Magnolia ‘Star Wars’ and therefore a lengthy flowerer. The colour is perhaps slightly less insipid than ‘Star Wars’ but the tree has a much less upright habit.
1935 – JCW
Just as in 1935.
1932 – JCW
R parvifolium is over but has done us very well since before Christmas day. The double white Camellia has been nice since Christmas day and so the Hamamelis.
1924 – JCW
The best Rhodo’n after mucronulatum is R parvifolium, moupinense is nice, to C coums are fair, the hamamelis are going over whilst the Caucasicums have no buds this year like all the early rhodos. Clematis cirrhosa and snowdrops both open fairly well.
1913 – JCW
A good bit of cold and frost, flowers have been pushed aside rather.
1911 – JCW
Most of the coums open, it is the best thing now with the R nobleanum, some Anenome blanda show colour. Iris stylosa has been on and off since December, several roses going, a Camellia or two, also R barbatum is fair, and white Clianthus, a trumpet has been open 10 days under the big wall.