2023 – CHW
Pam Hayward found an amusing exchange between JC Williams, my great grandfather, and Captain Collingwood Ingram (‘Cherry’ Ingram) when the latter sought advice as to what to next when pensioned from serving in the British Indian Army at a young age. (This was mentioned in Conifer Quarterly in 2005).
JCW’s reply was “You should start crossing rhododendrons. It is the greatest fun – you have 10,15 or 20 years of joyful anticipation and only one day of disappointment – the day they open their first flowers!”
2022 – CHW
A compilation of Autumn seeds collected from the garden this week. Most will go onto the RMC Group seed distribution list for group members.
2021 – CHW
A fine flower on Magnolia grandiflora ‘Russet’.
I just found Hemiptelea davidii on an availability list from Pavia nurseries and ordered it up. A new genus to me completely which is related to Zelkova. Totally hardy, a shrubby tree with spine tipped branchlets and small yellowish-green fruits. Introduced from Korea/China in 1908.Also on the Pavia list were up to 50 species of Crataegus so I could not resist ordering a batch of these as well for the new collection here. C. schraderiana has proved to be exceptional in its first time fruiting and several other species good too. An expanding patch of Crataegus species at the bottom of Kennel Close in a couple of years.Burncoose on a day of sun and showers.Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ nicely out.
The Tetrapanax papyrifer ‘Rex’ outside the Old Packing Shed at Burncoose has decided to put up a huge flower spike very late in the year and from a four to five year old plant growing on top of a stone faced earth bank.
On the way to the greenhouses a large branch of the original Camellia sasanqua ‘Narumigata’ has been broken off in the storms. The buds show some colour and are nearly out.
Rhododendron ‘Michaels Pride’ with a few secondary autumn flowers outside the front gate.
The new plaque is now in place and the medlar has several fruits.
2015 – CHW
I was attracted to excellent autumn colour on the deciduous Rhododendron mucronolatum. However, on closer inspection, I discover a few dark purple flowers hidden amid the colourful foliage. Since this species normally has light pinkish flowers on bare stems in December/January this must presumably be a second flowering. I have never seen this before. This plant is the only survivor of a once large clump. The rest have died of old age but there are several clumps of replacements with slightly different coloured flowers and flowering times. Mainly from Glendoick but some from Crug which have fared poorly in a coldish spot near Red Linney.
Next door Hydrangea aspera subsp. robusta is still in full but fading colour. Very late out and still attracting comment from shooting parties as they arrive. Quite a plant which I photographed earlier in the year as it came out pure white.
1978 – FJW
Very dry since August 15th.
1960 – FJW
Planted 7 bulbs of GHJ’s 4957 by Front Gate (8 bulbs and stock). The weather has been bad all the month. Little gale damage to date. Bad year for horse chestnuts but good for beech nuts and acorns.
1957 – FJW
Grandiflora by Play House has flowered almost non-stop for 12 months.
1932 – JCW
Much as in 1931, see above.
1931 – JCW
Mag delavayi and grandiflora a few nice blooms. PD’s vinca very good by the big wire fence. Some Camellia sasanqua and lapageria. PDW reports that 500 golden plovers have arrived there.
1926 – JCW
Lapageria nice and so fuchsia. Hydrangeas only fair. No Nobleanum. Some bits on the Maddeni hybrids. Camellia sasanqua fair.
1913 – JCW
Cassia and lapagerias are good – not a Polyanthus showing anywhere. Fuchsias good, the big lot of stuff from Coombe Wood came.C sasanqua coming on. Rho primulinum, solanum good. A lot of R nobleanum open.
1911 – JCW
A few daffs show in the beds, mostly jonquil crosses. The old Berberis in the Kitchen Garden is fruiting in a remarkable way. Acorns are nearly double the normal size. It has been an abnormal summer for sun and heat.
1904 – JCW
Polyanthus dyere several of them up. Polyanthus primus many in flower. No seedling daffs showing yet in pans or in beds.
(Hand written note attached to Garden Book page)
re tasks to be done.