17th March

…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 Lace’ Dacrycarpus dacrydioides trunk….

31st July

…the drought.Sambucus niger ‘Black Lace’ under-planted with Dahlia ‘Moonfire’ was a most effective combination of foliage and flower colours. Sambucus niger ‘Black Lace’ Sambucus niger ‘Black Lace’ Sorbus vilmorinii fruiting…

14th April

…these brooklynensis hybrids providing you catch the flowers as they just emerge from the very black buds and ahead of the leaves. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ Magnolia x brooklynensis…

3rd March

…as Magnolia ‘Genie’ from a day ago. Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ is now full out too. What an impressive…

13th March

…‘Kick Off’ Camellia ‘Black Lace’ with its first offering. Camellia ‘Black Lace’ Camellia ‘Duchess de Caze’ is also now on parade. I don’t like the colour mix. Camellia ‘Duchess de…

25th April

…Chocolate is easier) is another good new birch variety. The bark will become better but it isn’t bad now. Betula utilis ‘Wakehurst Place Chocolate’ Betula utilis ‘Wakehurst Place Chocolate’ Crataegus…

5th May

…reticulatum behind it which we saw last week. Planted deliberately for the colour contrast 100 years ago I guess? Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ A young plant of Rhododendron…

11th April

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

5th July

…yourself! Kniphofia ‘Rufa Rasta’ Kniphofia ‘Rufa Rasta’ Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’ without its pretty contrasting blue flowers. Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’ Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’ Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’ Ajuga…

9th March

…than Rhododendron sinogrande in this one probably. rhododendron seedling rhododendron seedling First flowers (and very early) on Azalea ‘Black Hawk’. Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ The view from Rookery across to the…