22nd April

…which may reach 20-30 feet. Daphniphyllum macropodum var. humile nicely in flower with contrasting yellowish new growth. First flowering of Rhododendron tanastylum (an Alan Clarke collection). Another one on the…

22nd May

…Drinks at the Burncoose Stand Drinks at the Burncoose Stand Drinks Chelsea drinks Chelsea drinks Chelsea interview Alan Titchmarsh visited The Great Gardens stand at Chelsea to promote their new…

8th April

…x Magnolia ‘Purple Breeze’. First bud showing colour on the new Magnolia (Michelia) ‘Fairy Lime’. Magnolia (Michelia) ‘Fairy Lime’ Another of Alan Clarke’s introductions – a Rhododendron maddenia subsection [?]…

11th November

…away for another year.Alan Clark delivers the following rhododendrons from his Vietnamese collection. I am tied up with a shoot but see him briefly at the front door. collage of…

27th June

…the Crug collection number). Acer sikkimense Acer sikkimense Quercus georgii is multi-stemmed even as a small newly planted tree. This came from an Alan Coombes collection and I cannot find…

11th June

…old Orchid House Nursery bed.An Alan Clarke collection of what I assume is Rhododendron maddenii with the most enormous scented flowers. Definitely one for Asia to concentrate on with cuttings…

29th July

…the nearby evergreen Quercus stenophylloides; a Mexican (?) oak given to us by Alan Coombes in 2002. It is now up to 12 to 15 or so feet in rather…

21st February

…Rhododendron monosemanthum, a new species to us, with its first flower and hairy leaf stalks. The collector’s number is 5978. I assume Alan Clarke. Rhododendron monosemanthum Rhododendron monosemanthum Camellia ‘Hiraethlyn’…

14th February

…huge new autumn planted daffodil clumps A rhododendron which is very probably Rhododendron brevinerve (Alan Clarke 4296 collection number) is nicely out and new to me. Planted in 2008 it…

12th November

…probably from being waterlogged and this has been burnt up as well. Not a place for rhododendrons and certainly not Alan Clark’s Vietnamese introductions. clearing of a laurel clump 2000…