30th May

…doing that well but a dark red. Rhododendron ‘Rabatz’ Rhododendron edgeworthii – pink form – one survivor from three planted by Georges Hut. Looks quite like our own hybrid, ‘Berts

9th May

…bud and the smell was just coming. Too far out already for Chelsea though. RHODODENDRON ‘Berts Own’ Rhododendron ‘Berts Own’ is nearly over so much of the pink flashing had…

3rd May

…has opened in a flash. Azalea ‘Babeuff’ Azalea ‘Babeuff’ A young clump of Rhododendron ‘Berts Own’ just coming out. Fabulous scent. Rhododendron ‘Berts Own’ The rare Symplocos dryophylla full out…

24th April

…full of berries too. unknown cotoneaster unknown cotoneaster I think this is Chionanthus virginicus. Chionanthus virginicus. Chionanthus virginicus. Chionanthus virginicus. Koelreuteria paniculata with attractive new growth. Koelreuteria paniculata Koelreuteria paniculata…

13th May

…Professor Ferguson and the Imperial College modelling which forced the government, so unwisely, into lockdown. Everyone should read this to understand what a monstrous absurdity and financial disaster lockdown has…

24th May

…job of lockdown which is to actually write up the 1895 to today garden diary in my own hand for the last year rather than just writing this long pictorial…

19th June

…we found a few very nice things. Rhododendron megacalyx – three plants grown from our own seed of this very tender ‘smelly’ species. Rhododendron megacalyx Rhododendron megacalyx Rhododendron sinonuttallii above…

12th June

…in flower. It is in fact the reddish new growth fronting the older silvery foliage as you can see close up. Very attractive in its own way. Eucalyptus crenulata Eucalyptus…

31st May

…back down through Hardy and Berts Nursery between the two ferneries. Who Hardy and Bert were I have no idea nor do I ever remember the nursery bed which is…

28th March

…link to the relevant response for you to make your own minds up. Holding your breath for 10 seconds to see if you cough does not sound as fake as…