22nd April

…‘Livingstone’ is a bit battered but a fine colour. A New Zealand hybrid I assume. A bit like ‘Serene’? Never seen before here. Worth buying from New Zealand for the…

22nd May

…Drinks with Charles 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…

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…

28th April

…new species? Polyspora axialis Polyspora axialis Polyspora speciosa (from Crug) – no such problems here but a very floppy habit needing a good stake. Polyspora speciosa Polyspora speciosa An Alan

20th April

…mix of griffithianum and arboreum? huge ‘blowsy’ rhododendrons huge ‘blowsy’ rhododendrons Another flower or two on Ucodendron whartonii. Ucodendron whartonii Rhododendron mengtszense collected by Alan Clarke with his collector’s number…

28th May

…Group is one of Alan Clark’s raisings and in the new species section of Old Park. Quite pretty but fades in colour. Rhododendron concinnum Pseudoyanthimum Group Rhododendron concinnum Pseudoyanthimum Group…

19th June

…own mind up. Styrax hemsleyanus The very large trees of Styrax obassia and Styrax hemsleyanus measured in 1964/6 by Alan Mitchell are long dead. However today I have found a…

23rd March

…of this nearby today with rather different leaves collected by Alan Clarke. Earlier than last year I think. Rhododendron suoilenhense Rhododendron suoilenhense Rhododendron suoilenhense Rhododendron irroratum ‘Polkadot’ as also exhibited…

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…

8th April

…bought in for the Isla Rose Plantation. This is an introduction from New Zealand and is the ideal crab apple for making jelly. Malus ‘Jelly King’ Malus ‘Jelly King’ 2018…