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

…Tremayne (Heligan), Alan Titchmarsh, Lucinda Rimmington (Caerhays), Tim Hubbard (the author), Charles Williams (Caerhays) and Jonathon Jones (Tregothnan) Great Gardens Book Chelsea Alan Titchmarsh – Great Gardens Book Chelsea 2016…

8th April

…Rosse’ 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

…even as a small newly planted tree. This came from an Alan Coombes collection and I cannot find it in any reference book under this exact name. It is planted…

11th June

…to the confusion Chevalier published Michelia tonkinensis from Vietnam but that has proved to be a synonym of M. balansae. Even more chaos as Dandy published Michelia floribunda var tonkingensis…

29th July

…be overshadowed by 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…

21st February

…the wall. three magnolias three magnolias 2019 – CHW Camellia ‘Mona Jury’ is a must have for any serious camellia gardener. A New Zealand cross between a Camellia x williamsii…

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…