24th April

…floccigeum Rhododendron ‘Beauty of Littleworth’. We must layer this plant! Rhododendron ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ Rhododendron ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ Rhododendron ‘Hotei’ now full out. Rhododendron ‘Hotei’ Rhododendron tanastyllum with one flower….

12th April

…have become casualties along the way. Camellia reticulata ‘Lasca Beauty’ is quite well known. Camellia reticulata ‘Lasca Beauty’ Camellia reticulata ‘Simpatica’ is not. Camellia reticulata ‘Simpatica’ Camellia reticulata ‘Simpatica’ Camellia…

14th April

…as they just emerge from the very black buds and ahead of the leaves. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ An…

13th May

…Planted the two lots in about 1980 and 1991. The former now relieved of the laurel hedge is flourishing. Rhododendron ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ Rhododendron ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ Rhododendron ‘Beauty of…

8th April

…japonica ‘Woodsii’ Camellia japonica ‘Woodsii’ Magnolia ‘Dark Shadow’ on a Crown Estates exhibit. Magnolia ‘Dark Shadow’ Camellia japonica ‘Matterhorn’ is one we need to obtain. Camellia japonica ‘Matterhorn’ Camellia japonica…

18th April

…brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ in bud and flower. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ What I am now certain is the white form of Staphylea holocarpa flowering…

4th May

…is a very dark red. Rhododendron ‘Rabatz’ Rhododendron ‘Polyroy’ is from Millais Nurseries breeding. Rhododendron ‘Polyroy’ Rhododendron ‘Polyroy’ Still some decent flowers on Magnolia ‘Genie’ even with the leaves. Magnolia…

5th April

…first three dark flowers. Never seen Dark Purple Dream and Black Tulip not out yet to compare. MAGNOLIA ‘Petit Chicon’ MAGNOLIA ‘Petit Chicon’ e) Magnolia ‘ Petit Chicon’ is nothing…

18th March

…sends me three pictures from his garden in Kent. Magnolia sargentiana robusta (Caerhays Dark Form), Magnolia ‘Philip Tregunna’ and Magnolia campbellii ‘Trelissick Alba’. Magnolia campbellii ‘Trelissick Alba’ Magnolia sargentiana robusta…

27th June

…is about the very last of the deciduous ones to flower and a very good dark red it is. Not listed in Hillier’s. Planted 2009. Azalea ‘Jane Fire’ The dark