11th March

…very early flowering Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedlings ‘Bishop Peter’ and‘Bishop Michael’ (two bishops of Truro from the 1980s). Peter is darker purple and sometimes the first magnolia to show colour in…

26th September

…a wonderful September combination. Amaryllis belladonna and Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ As do Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ and Verbena bonariensis intertwined. hanging basket Anemone hopehensis ‘Hadspen Abundance’ was very fine…

21st February

…next week or the week after. In Lockdown 3 we are well ahead of a normal season’s planting in March. piles of plants piles of plants piles of plants piles…

7th March

…Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’ Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’ Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’ Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’ Rhododendron Golden Oriole var ‘Busaco’ – a hint of red in the flowers unlike ‘Talavera’ which is a…

10th March

…last summer. Rhododendron seed of scores of varieties now sown. Rhododendron seed A fine crop of pricked out Puya seedlings. We have never managed results like this before. Puya seedlings…

18th March

…with Magnolia campbellii alba in Rogers Quarry. Normally the bishop is over before alba is showing. Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’ together with Magnolia campbellii alba Magnolia ‘Hawk’ out on Burns Bank….

22nd December

…the pile of prunings. Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ I wonder if we cut down the new apparently dead (blown out of ground and most roots…

7th February

…anticipation of its demise. You can see the red seed stems. A lecturer at the University of York contacted us wanting large samples of bark and foliage to test for…

16th February

…out. A hint of pink in the buds. Camellia reticulata Camellia reticulata Some of the Rhododendron grande seedlings are pink in bud as we have seen before. Rhododendron grande seedlings…

20th February

…Eunice and still looks fantastic. These pictures show the colour range on the opened flowers. Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ Branches laden with flowers blown off the original Magnolia…