11th July

…not seen before. The leaves are not those of any other arborescens variety and contrast nicely with the frilly greenish flowers. Hydrangea arborescens ‘Emerald Lace’ Hydrangea arborescens ‘Emerald Lace’ Hydrangea…

5th April

…no less than nine expeditions by the great Chinese plant hunter George Forrest. JC also received just as many species of new Chinese plant seeds from Ernest Wilson. It was…

28th August

Lace’ Hydrangea paniculata ‘White Lace’ Hydrangea paniculata ‘Kyushu’ has smaller, more lacecap flowers and is more spreading but less tall overall. None the less the overall impact is just as…

2nd July

…the garden entrance has much to say about biodiversity and nature but is clearly also a tacit admission that the place is becoming scruffy and untended. A botanic garden surely…

11th April

…out properly yet. Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ Rhododendron moorii just coming. Rhododendron moorii Betula albosinensis ‘Chinese Garden’ (syn. ‘China Rose’) with wonderful peeling bark. Betula albosinensis ‘Chinese Garden’ Betula albosinensis ‘Chinese

20th April

…Osteomeles subrotunda just coming into leaf. Attractive fern-like pinnate young leaves on this rare and unusual shrub which is said to be rather tender. Chinese origin. We await the ‘hawthorn-like’…

2nd August

…do in a large pot. Hydrangea paniculata ‘White Lace’ Hydrangea paniculata ‘White Lace’ Hydrangea paniculata ‘Pink Diamond’ – by Hovel turning in a huge clump of around eight feet tall….

17th March

…trunk Nothofagus dombeyi Camellia ‘Black Lace’ Camellia ‘Black Lace’ Camellia ‘Black Lace’ Dacrycarpus dacrydioides trunk. These are growing as a clump of five trees. Dacrycarpus dacrydioides Dacrycarpus dacrydioides Rhododendron frangipanensis…

31st July

…Sambucus niger ‘Black Lace’ Sambucus niger ‘Black Lace’ Sorbus vilmorinii fruiting away on the drought to capacity. Sorbus vilmorinii Sorbus vilmorinii A very near black agapanthus which might have been…

9th June

…‘Red Star’ Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ Protea cynaroides ‘Little Prince’ Protea cynaroides ‘Little Prince’ Sambucus niger ‘Black Lace’ Sambucus niger ‘Black Lace’ Picea pungens ‘Glauca Globosa’ and Sambucus niger ‘Black…