11th April

…its parentage but not in the Callaway reference book. Magnolia ‘Anticipation’ Magnolia ‘Anticipation’ Magnolia ‘Anticipation’ Magnolia ‘Cup Cake’ has a silly name and insignificant flowers that have been battered and…

20th March

…‘Anticipation Variegated’ towers over the main ride and is well worth being more widely grown. It is the large flowers not the leaves which are ‘variegated’.Questing further to photograph more…

17th March

…Star’ Magnolia ‘Royal Crown’ nicely out in a tunnel. Magnolia ‘Royal Crown’ Magnolia ‘Royal Crown’ Magnolia ‘Anticipation’ likewise. Magnolia ‘Anticipation’ Magnolia ‘Anticipation’ Rhododendron russatum now full out and a striking…

31st March

…white variegated flowers rather than pure red ones as they should be. Much like Camellia ‘Anticipation Variegated’. We must try to propagate this as it is equally good. Magnolia ‘Sweet…

27th March

…the variegation is on the outside of the outer petals and only evident on fallen flowers. Camellia ‘Midnight Variegated’ Camellia ‘Midnight Variegated’ An elderly Rhododendron sutchuenense. Not as good as…

25th March

…better I think but, perhaps, early days. Magnolia ‘Livingstone’ Magnolia ‘Livingstone’ Magnolia ‘Gold Cup’ – fair I suppose but nothing exceptional. Magnolia ‘Gold Cup’ Magnolia ‘Gold Cup’ Magnolia ‘Anticipation’ –…

28th March

…think and well up with Debbie, Brigadoon, Anticipation etc. Parrotia persica has a most extraordinary branch and stem structure in this small widely spreading tree. A few small dead flowers…

26th July

…Gaura ‘Rosyjane’ – another pretty bicolour one, rather floppy. Gaura ‘Rosyjane’ Gaura ‘Freefolk Rosy’ – variegated leaves, another bicolour with a stupid name. Gaura ‘Freefolk Rosy’ Coreopsis ‘Rum Punch’ –…

24th March

…the evergreen Hoheria populnea ‘Variegata’. The tree is almost completely defoliated although it looked fine 10 days ago. I had feared the worst for these variegated Hoherias. Hoheria populnea ‘Variegata’…

28th February

…‘Judy Carlson’ Magnolia ‘Leda’ – likewise. Magnolia ‘Leda’ Serena’s plaque is now up at the Isla Rose Plantation beside a young oak tree. Serena’s plaque Camellia ‘Midnight Variegated’ has light…