11th March

…they originally looked like! A confused show with a few nice things which were new: magnolias on Friday night magnolias on Friday night magnolias on Friday night magnolias on Friday…

21st March

…on the way:Camellia ‘Midnight Magic’ – still a sparse flowerer at a young age. Camellia ‘Midnight Magic’ Camellia reticulata – white form is new to us. Crinkly leaves when young….

20th March

…Burncoose. Not a very vigorous grower but what a colour when first out. Darker even than ‘Midnight Magic’ we saw a day or two ago? Camellia ‘Night Rider’ Camellia ‘Night

28th March

…a fortnight. First flowering here that I have seen of Rhodoleia aff. parvipetata (WWJ 11943) which is startlingly good. The tree has attractive bark and is now about 12-15ft tall…

5th January

…the whole country at 8pm last night. So Lockdown 3 it is and the end of our now hugely loss making shooting season. Nearly everyone on partial furlough but, it…

26th July

…Labrador, Nutty, ran off on the foreshore late last night and only returned at 6.30am smelling of rosemary. Presumably he slept in someone’s bush. Very contrite and tired but a…

23rd May

…and our Viburnum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ from 2015) would close ‘tonight’. It actually closed at lunchtime. Jill also told us that she had arranged for Sir Nicholas Bacon (the RHS President)…

30th April

…fortnight or more. Magnolia ‘Lois’ Magnolia ‘Lois’ Rhododendron ‘Harry Tagg’ just coming out. Rhododendron ‘Harry Tagg’ 2020 – CHW The rain this week has been exactly what the garden and…

22nd April

…the house. Camellia ‘Night Rider’ Camellia ‘Night Rider’ 2020 – CHW How much longer can the BBC keep the death panic going?Clearly they are itching to get the death statistics…

9th March

…first of the darker coloured magnolias above the wall remains unfrosted. darker coloured magnolias Much more frost damage to the magnolias than yesterday after a second night’s frost of -4.8°C…