2023 – CHW
The Magnolia virginiana ‘Havener’ has opened more fully and so has the seed pod.
Cotoneaster glomerulatus with berries (ex. Roy Lancaster). The older plants on the drive and below Slip Rail have none after the drought.
2021 – CHW
Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ starting its brilliant autumn tints.
A neat job on the laurel hedge below Rookery (top) Path which needed a hard pruning.
Seed on the ground from Illicium aff. Griffithii (WW 711911). It still does not look quite ripe yet but we will store it and see.
More ripe fruit on another medlar tree.
Tree surgery work on an elderly oak tree at the entrance to the Auklandii Garden. It was threatening to fall on a record tree; Lithocarpus pachyphyllus. Some evidence of bleeding cankers and rot at the base.
Cotoneaster hualiense has very ripe berries which are starting to fall. I saw these first last year but they were not then as ripe as this. Another Crug Farm discovery.
A week ago I looked at a very few camellia seeds on this Camellia japonica variety and they were still green and unripe. Today, after a warm, dry week, the seed casings have split and shed most of their seeds. I should have picked them unripe (in theory) and left them to open and shed in the potting shed.
2015 – CHW
Azalea ‘Babeuff’ outside the backyard showing good reddish purple autumn colour.
Above it on the wall the old brown flower heads on Hydrangea seemanii hang down from the plant in an attractive way which I had not seen before. Another big plus for this curious evergreen self clinging hydrangea.
1995 – FJW
Use of Rododendron Nobleanum in church.
1991 – FJW
Sasanqua bottom of Auklandii Garden well open and Rho mucronulatum outish at front gate.
1990 – FJW
Sasanqua bottom of Auklandii Garden well open – also largest white larger R.
1973 – FJW
White cyclamen back after 10 year lapse.
1930 – JCW
Came from Scotland 3 days ago. Camellia sasanqua has some flowers. Mag grandiflora has flowers. M nitida has one flower, the cyclamens are very good. C panniculata is good on the big wall. Fuchsias are good. I am starting to clear the wall opposite this window for them in the newer forms. Hydrangeas very good. Many Haematodes and neriiflorums show flowers.
1928 – JCW
Much as in 1927 Camellia sasanqua shows flower also late Maddeni on a wall. Several flowers on the Mag delavayi, some blooms on Auriculatum x Decorum.
1927 – JCW
Came from the north last night. The hydrangeas V.G. Hoheria very nice. Plants as a whole have done very well. Cyclamen quite fine yet.
1924 – JCW
Hydrangeas good. Rhodo’s up to 25 species have some bloom. Haematodes is the best. Roses fair, Cassia nice. Flower bud for next year is very bad but better than 1921. Cyclamen quite nice.
1921 – JCW
The Yuccas are our best flower after the great heat, hydrangeas bad. Camellia sasanqua good, one with strong scent. Some Erica [?] are very good. Clematis paniculata is nice and so are the lapagerias.
1918 – JCW
Rho decorum still the best rhododendron, other things as before.
1910 – JCW
The rain came three days since, and the summer has gone. Solanum and hydrangeas are the best things. Some roses are nice.
1901 – JCW
Several Iris alata open. Roses good yet also cyclamen. The weather has not broken yet.
1899 – JCW
Cyclamen very fine. Lapagerias moderate. Some Rho nobleanum in flower in the Drive.