21st March

…‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Serene’ – an interesting first flower. Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Serene’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Deep Purple Dream’ – now named ‘Aphrodite’ or ‘Antje…

14th April

in the Isla Rose plantation. Well worth its place. Magnolia ‘Black Bird’ Rhododendron neriiflorum phaedropum flowering even better this year in what was Orchid House Nursery bed – now a…

1st May

…Rhododendron ‘May Day’ The first of the ancient mixed group of Azalea indicum near the top lodge just into flower. Azalea indicum Azalea indicum Wonderful violets in the St Michael…

5th May

…completes the trio of magnolia trees all in flower. Magnolia officinalis Magnolia officinalis A magnolia felled in the 1987 hurricane had reshot into a three stemmed tree in two places….

3rd March

…plenty of rain and the water meadows flooded yet again, no damage to the magnolias!The new signage in the Tin Garden hut is now in place and with the FJW…

11th April

…Paler than ‘Black Tulip’ as you would expect but with a rounded Black Tulip shape. Magnolia ‘Rose Marie’ x ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Rose Marie’ x ‘Black Tulip’ Rhododendron irroratum ‘Polka…

17th March

…calophytum on the drive. Rhododendron calophytum Rhododendron calophytum Azalea ‘Kirin’ out already on the drive. Azalea ‘Kirin’ Azalea ‘Kirin’ 2016 – CHW New planting completed in the large cleared area…

8th March

…of money and inflation as we start to worry about inflation again. I drove this car in my teens, and I think my brother finally ran it into the ground…

5th March

…setting. Scilla bifolia Camellia ‘Black Magic’ almost black in bud. Camellia ‘Black Magic’ Camellia ‘Black Magic’ Magnolias tower over the woodland valley garden. The dark one may well be ‘Bishop…

25th April

…problem and inadequate feeding. climbing rose Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ in the Rockery is one of the later evergreen azaleas to flower. The best very dark red? Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ Azalea…