30th June

…our first sight of the pale pinkish flower spikes above the dark blackish leaves. Astilbe ‘Chocolate Fascination’ Astilbe ‘Chocolate Fascination’ Paeonia tenuifolia is setting ripe seed quickly after flowering in…

15th July

…properly as here beside the Magnolia delavayi in partial shade. As good as some Astilbe? Filipendula ulmaria Filipendula ulmaria A final few flowers on Rhododendron zaluanicum beside the Meadowsweet. Rhododendron…

11th February

…Burncoose to see how a mail order operation works. They plan to start a mail order offering from the garden. Astilbe first with other herbaceous and Dr Smarts camellias later.Time…

4th July

…via Dorchester and Honiton. Marwood Hill Garden have just won a Gold Medal at Hampton Court for a display of their national collection of astilbe. Wonderful! A great leap forward…