28th February

…stand at Chelsea now out three months early. Azalea ‘Amoena’ Azalea ‘Amoena’ Rhododendron kiyosumense (a form of Rhododendron reticulatum) has unusually retained much of its leaf but is now coming…

11th April

…pink at the base of the tepals on the buds before opening. Not bad for this dull species. Magnolia amoena Magnolia amoena Magnolia ‘Delicatissima’ – more of the same –…

6th March

…eight foot) Michelia doltsopa seedling in the teeth of the wind (north) has its first few flowers. Quite a surprise. Michelia doltsopa The hugely dull Magnolia amoena has a few…

25th December

…few odd premature or secondary flowers on Azalea amoena which is unusual but just on one of the elderly bushes on the drive. Azalea amoena Hydrangea ‘Ayesha’ with several nearly…

18th November

…‘Carl Ferris Miller’ Magnolia amoena still in full leaf. Magnolia amoena Enkianthus serrulatus with striking reddish autumn colour. Enkianthus serrulatus Enkianthus serrulatus Enkianthus serrulatus Styrax tonkinensis (WWJ11868) is going to…

14th February

…the light is fading now above the greenhouse. About as early as last year and very like Magnolia amoena but rather earlier into flower. Endangered in the wild I believe….

7th May

…poor this year. Berberis stenophylla good. Falconeri really fine for the first time. Azalea amoena V.G. 1905 – JCW Recurvas nearly all open, and picked my last seedling today, just…

9th June

…Loderi fully out, Ponticum and Fortunei in Beech Walk really a fine mass – Auklandii almost over. Azaleas very good. Rain in time but not for Amoena, all small due…

6th April

…the wane. No yellow trumpets left but nice Leiden and a little colour. Rho amoena at their best. Cherries in Drive very good. Magnolia conspicua, denudata and stellata are all…

31st December

…double Azalea and bits of one yellow below Hovel road. Bits of Davidsonianum and Sutchuenense hybrids. No reds. Bits of Azalea Amoena and several Kurume.1940 – CW Cold spell began…