23rd March

…much more doltsopa (nearly as good as Tom’s M. maudiae on Friday?). seedlings from Michelia doltsopa ‘Silver Cloud’ seedlings from Michelia doltsopa ‘Silver Cloud’ seedlings from Michelia doltsopa ‘Silver Cloud’…

19th April

…young tree. Prunus ‘Fragrant Cloud’ Prunus ‘Fragrant Cloud’ Rhododendron aberconwayi nicely out. Rhododendron aberconwayi Rhododendron aberconwayi Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Evamaria’ just out below Slip Rail. It will change colour radically…

27th June

…the new buttons on the new camera to try to get the pictures better. Total failure I fear. Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’ Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’ Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’…

8th September

…flower while autumn approaches.Cornus amomum ‘Blue Cloud’ with wonderful autumn colour. Cornus amomum ‘Blue Cloud’ Cornus amomum ‘Blue Cloud’ Cornus amomum ‘Blue Cloud’ Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ looking very fine. Rudbeckia…

29th May

Cloud’ as good as ever in the Isla Rose Plantation. Crataegus laevigata ‘Crimson Cloud’ Crataegus laevigata ‘Crimson Cloud’ Aesculus x mutabilis ‘Induta’ had pride of place in the Morgan Stanley…

13th March

…with very large pure white (rather than creamy) flowers and a different scent to the parent. This is more like cinnamon. Michelia doltsopa ‘Silver Cloud’ Michelia doltsopa ‘Silver Cloud’ Michelia…

15th May

…‘Pyramidalis’ Rhododendron ‘Sappho’ has a scruffy habit. Rhododendron ‘Sappho’ Rhododendron ‘Sappho’ Crataegus laevigata ‘Crimson Cloud’ is a wonderful hawthorn! Better even than ‘Paul’s Scarlet’. Crataegus laevigata ‘Crimson Cloud’ Crataegus laevigata…

19th February

…red and a profusion of buds this year. Quite attractive bark too. x Sycoparrotia semidecidua x Sycoparrotia semidecidua x Sycoparrotia semidecidua x Sycoparrotia semidecidua A clump of nine Rhododendron viscosum…

23rd May

…in perfect weather for this. Scaffolding A pheasant’s nest with nine eggs made from Echium leaves outside the Ante Room. Unusually this hen pheasant is actually trying to incubate them…

15th November

…in the spring. seed Prunus ‘Fragrant Cloud’ (‘Shizuka’) just turning colour. Prunus ‘Fragrant Cloud’ Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula Aurea’ with autumn tints. Fagus sylvatica ‘Pendula Aurea’ Salix fargesii just turning. Salix…