2023 – CHW
First battered flowers out on Camellia x williamsii ‘Mary Pickthorn’ which we intend to try to register this year with the International Camellia Society.
Unusual though to find leaf still covering Rhododendron ‘Ostara’. It is more or less deciduous and should be in flower in 4-6 weeks.
A dark seedling form of Camellia saluenensis above the greenhouse is already shedding flowers. The old original by the ladies loo is about as dark a colour as this but still only a few flowers at the very top of the bush and unphotographable.
Real frost again on New Year’s Day.Big leafed rhododendrons expressing their displeasure in the normal way.
Yet another dull overcast day turning to drizzle – the fifth in a row. Pigeons cooing all round and thinking spring has come and time to mate. I fear they may yet be in for a nasty shock.Seed heads still cling onto a young Halesia macgregorii. The ones I picked six weeks ago were clearly not ripe while some of these only just are. Time to try again with this impressive and relatively newly introduced species.
2019 – CHW
Plenty of flowers still and most of its leaf on Fuchsia gracilis.
Sorbus japonica (10 years from planting) still has plenty of orange to orange-red fruits in evidence. Worth collecting too.
Noticeably colder today and a bit wet so a check on the rhododendrons out before the frost gets them later in the week perhaps? My fingers are almost too cold to write this after the trip around which is a novelty for this winter.Rhododendron concatenans has many flowers by Donkey Shoe but I think these are a secondary autumn effort as the main buds are still intact.
New Years Day – Another howling gale with torrential rain until lunchtime. For 10 days or so I have meant to picture the first ‘wild’ daffodils out in the garden by the Four in Hand. By today they have been blown to smithereens in the southerly gale. By wild I mean I think native and certainly self sown and, as a guess, nothing to do with JCW’s hybridisation programme of 100 years ago. There are more in the Auklandii Garden below the nerine bed. Very plain and very early although not by the standards of what one sees field grown today at Fentongollan.The rare and unusual Tilia henryana which flowers in early autumn still has most of its leaves on despite the gales.
And still a perfect flower on Hydrangea Madame Mouilliere. Absolutely unbelievable but there it is for all to see.
The tide is out but the sea and wind rage. I can hardly stand to take this poorish picture. The car park now has enormous potholes where the wind and spray have washed in. More cost to put right for the spring.
2004 – FJW
Mild and rain.
2003 – FJW
Very wet start to the year – the moors flooded as badly as I have seen.
2000 – FJW
A very beautiful day. Calm and warm and sunny. Camellias look magnificent.
1997 – FJW
Garden completely different from 100 years ago. Very cold – a little flower on Tree Heath on the bank. Very few Camellias, a bit of Nobleanum. Narcissi very far behind.
1994 – FJW
Primroses out on bank. Very early year. Very wet December and continues mild.
1975 – FJW
David killed first woodcock.
1974 – FJW
David killed first pheasant.
1968 – FJW
CHW killed first Sparrow.
1967 – FJW
Rh mucronulatum well out
1962 – FJW
David John born
1914 – JCW
1913 – JCW
We have had 2 days of hard frost and don’t know what flowers are alive.
1912 – JCW
1911 – JCW
No Aconite. Coums good (¾), odd bits of Erica, Erica hybrida good, some roses, some Lapagerias and Primroses.
1910 – JCW
No Aconite, Coums fair, Ericas slowly coming. Rhodos – some, Solanum – none, Roses – a few. Nothing else, a lot of frost in the Dec and Nov. A few Lapagerias.
1909 – JCW
No Aconite, coums good, Ericas very nice, Rhodo nobleanum plenty, Solanum nice, some roses, bedding geraniums in flower, a few Lapagerias.
1908 – JCW
No Aconite, coums good, Ericas not out, Rh nobleanum a few, some roses now, a fair vase in the house.
1907 – JCW
No Aconite, coums fair, Ericas just coming, Rh nobleanum moderate, frost a little but a lot of snow.
1906 – JCW
Several aconite, snowdrops open, Cyclamen coums good very, Ericas nice some of them, Rh nobleanum nice, no frost for a month, Cro imperati open.
1905 – JCW
I saw Aconite open, the rest much as in 1904.
1904 – JCW
C Imperati open, coum half open, one or two Stylosa, several Nobleanum, Erica is open, Aconite open, many blue primroses, a few daffodils, P megasoefolia very good, Lapagerias fair.
1903 – JCW
C Imperati hardly open, coum half out, a very few styloza, a few Nobleanum, Erica hardly open, a few blue prims, some daffs up say a tenth.
1902 – JCW
Crocus Imperati at its best, coum nearly so, Iris stylosa nearly over, Rh nobleanum open, Erica out, blue primroses bad, fair lot of daff up (unmoved ones, moved hardly show) no Cyclamineus minimus, I saw the first snowdrop.
1901 – JCW
Crocus Imp at its best and also Cyclamen coums, open bits of Camellia, Solanum, roses, Iris stylosa at its best, more than half the daffs are through, minimus is open, Rh nobleanum good, Erica in flower, Blue Primroses good.
1900 – JCW
C Imperati, C Coum, two species of Camellia, Solanum, out, several roses, Iris stylosa, Emperors just breaking the ground, less than half the daffs started, plenty of Blue Primroses.
1899 – JCW
Lilly White, C Imperati, C Coum, Habrothammus, 1 snowdrop, not half the daffs show a sign, Solanum well out, Iris stylosa good.
1898 – JCW
Narcissus, C Coum, Snowdrops in flower, not so many daffodils showing above ground.
1897 – JCW
Var minimus, Crocus, C coum, Aconites, Snowdrops in flower, most of the daffodils showing above ground.