22nd April

…yellowish new growth. First flowering of Rhododendron tanastylum (an Alan Clarke collection). Another one on the ‘rarely in cultivation or of doubtful provenance’ list. I doubt Alan would agree! The…

22nd May

…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 book ‘The…

8th April

…showing colour on the new Magnolia (Michelia) ‘Fairy Lime’. Magnolia (Michelia) ‘Fairy Lime’ Another of Alan Clarke’s introductions – a Rhododendron maddenia subsection [?] just starting (CW & J 6342)….

11th November

…what has now largely blown 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…

12th January

…misery still seems a long way off.So a look at some leaves and bark on evergreen oaks above Crinodendron Hedge. This is one of Lady Anne Palmer or Alan Coombes’…

14th January

…– identity has been queried L. corneus | Alan Coombes. Identity needs checking – see New Trees. L. lepidocarpus | Alan Coombes L. glabratus | Crûg Farm or Pan Global…

31st March

…flower and leaf. An Alan Clark collection I assume. Plants purchased when he moved from his nursery which came here in a couple of vanloads and were mainly planted in…

11th June

…above the 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…

29th July

…will have to get a move on or be overshadowed by the nearby evergreen Quercus stenophylloides; a Mexican (?) oak given to us by Alan Coombes in 2002. It is…

21st February

…rireii 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…