The new replacement camera has arrived much more quickly than expected and I can catch up on what was missed since the aquatic accident in the mule on Monday. I may well take time to work out the settings and take some poor pictures to start with as you will see. It is the same camera but an upgraded version costing £2,600. The price has not changed much over the years and the lens is the expensive bit and not the camera itself.
Camellia x williamsii ‘J. C. Williams’ is nicely out now by the Rockery.
First proper flowers on Rhododendron mucronulatum.
First flowers this year on the original and paler Camellia saluenensis by the ladies loos.
Likewise on Rhododendron lutescens by the quarry. Not secondary flowers but the real thing!
Camellia x williamsii ‘November Pink’ looking splendid. See the size of the trunk of this tree now. The best thing (by far) in the garden today and filmed as part of a vlog.
Still colour on Hydrangea aspera subsp. robusta outside the front gate. What a long laster this is.
The Ginkgo biloba is changing colour but has remained green for longer than I expected.
Ivy shoots which have formed a mat of aerial roots in the darkness at the base of a sycamore which Jaimie was pruning below the old Hardy & Berts Nursery Bed (they were the gardeners who created it in the (?) 1920s).
2019 – CHW
First flower this season on Polyspora longicarpa already on the ground. Another bud opening and loads more buds to come.
Jaimie has pollarded two large camellias by the Podocarpus plantation. If we can dig these out this might clearly make a wonderful site for smaller young rhodos.
A visit to the nursery to have a good walk around and enjoy the autumn colours.The young plants of Puya venusta have grown on extremely well in a year.
Horrendous storms last night which cut the phone lines when a tree fell on them at Battery Walk. The police arrived at midnight so the ‘Redcare’ phone disconnection system actually worked. They came in 45 minutes unlike the ambulance service on a call out for Dad recently who took two and a half hours while he lay incapacitated on the stairs half naked and complaining. Useless twats!
2015 – CHW
I had seen Rhododendron nobleanum out from the shooting trailer for a day or two but not had time to photograph it properly until today. It is not out properly or fully and a poor colour implying the buds have been blown open in recent gales. Part of this ancient clump has been smashed by a falling small dead oak so a bit of work to do here after the shooting season. Lots of ivy to deal with here too. Still it is open two months earlier than recorded in the Garden diary in the 1900 to 1930 period. Climate change or just a run of mild winters?
2002 – FJW
Flowers on Rho nobleanum – many still on wall Delavayi – still very wet.
1991 – FJW
First dry day of the month – only Sasanquaa and Yellow Hammer.
1987 – FJW
First flower seen on November Pink.
1960 – FJW
Saw flowers on Drive Nobleanum. Lapageria still hangs on. Hare active on lawn. White heaths on bank have been out for some time. No colour on Liquidambar.
1929 – JCW
Bits of the following rhodo show flowers – Decorum, Trichocladum, Radicans, Lutescens, Keysii, Intricatum, Burmanicum, Racemosum, Saluenensis, Parviflorum, Sanguineum. Lapagerias and Camellia sasanqua are nice.
1928 – JCW
Two good Magnolia delavayi blooms are open. Some white Maddeni by brown gate. Many lapagerias. Some C sasanqua. One Decorum. Several Neriiflorum. Bob’s heath.
1920 – JCW
A nice lot of lapageria, bits of many rhodo’s in flower say 30. Sasanqua fair. Erica darleyense begins to be good.
1915 – JCW
A very few Sasanqua buds this year. Lapagerias nice. We have bad frost but nothing to stop planting. The white camellia at the Engine House just open.
1905 – JCW
A very hard frost last night, a good bit of ice on pond. C sasanqua out, it has been very good. Several roses left now. Are digging 150 pits in the wood by electric light engine for the Arboreum x Fortunei.