21st March

…and better. Magnolia ‘Aphrodite’ Magnolia ‘Aphrodite’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Pickard’s Ruby’ is excellent too but, as yet, unnamed. Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Pickard’s Ruby’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’…

14th April

…‘Black Beauty’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ An elderly clump of Rhododendron loderi types which I had completely forgotten about and may have missed completely for years. Rhododendron loderi Rhododendron…

1st May

…Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ is very fine and black as it opens. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ Another new one…

9th April

…Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ with its first flowers out above Crinodendron Hedge amid the Styrax species planting. Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ beside it. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black

5th May

…light creamy white insides to the near black tepals. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ Our largest Magnolia rostrata has flower buds showing pink very high up. This was given to…

11th April

…Marie’ x ‘Black Tulip’ has been out for a while now and the leaves are emerging. Paler than ‘Black Tulip’ as you would expect but with a rounded Black Tulip…

17th March

…in open woodland Edgeworthia chrysantha Edgeworthia chrysantha Sarcocca wallichii with huge black berries Sarcocca wallichii Sarcocca wallichii Nothofagus dombeyi trunk Nothofagus dombeyi Camellia ‘Black Lace’ Camellia ‘Black Lace’ Camellia ‘Black

5th March

black in bud. Camellia ‘Black Magic’ Camellia ‘Black Magic’ Magnolias tower over the woodland valley garden. The dark one may well be ‘Bishop Michael’. Magnolias Magnolias Magnolias Camellia ‘Fairy Wand’…

25th April

…Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ in the Rockery is one of the later evergreen azaleas to flower. The best very dark red? Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ This is Rhododendron reticulatum…

4th May

…of Littleworth’ at its best and now layered for posterity. Rhododendron ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ Rhododendron ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ Rhododendron cinnarbarinum subsp. xantocodon Purpurellum Group with a few flowers. This is…