30th December

…duclouxii have been frosted. Catalpa duclouxii First flowers out on Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’. Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ Ehretia thyrsiflora still in full leaf but has caught the frost as…

11th January

…expected! Escallonia ‘Iveyi’ Two camellias hatstanded in the Auklandii Garden for the second time in the last 20 years (a ‘Debbie’ and a ‘Mary Costa’). camellias hatstanded Uplifting the Nothofagus…

19th January

…barbatum in the Ririei Opening. Rhododendron barbatum A rather younger Rhododendron barbatum with its wonderful bark. Rhododendron barbatum Rhododendron barbatum Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ just out. Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’…

27th January

…out. Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ Camellia x williamsii ‘Caerhays’ just now out as well on Burns Bank. Camellia x williamsii ‘Caerhays’ Still many yellow berries left…

1st January

…flower and show all around the Four in Hand. snowdrops First flowers on Camellia ‘Debbie’ below the fernery. Camellia ‘Debbie’ Similarly the first flush on Camellia x williamsii ‘Golden Spangles’…

2nd January

…williamsii ‘Debbie’ has just the odd decentish flower. Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ Camellia ‘Midnight Magic’ coming out on Sinogrande Walk. Three plants together. A good early red – variable semi…

10th February

…the huge (seedling) Magnolia campbellii above Crinodendron Hedge. Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ now has a few decent flowers on several plants. Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ The Magnolia campbellii seedling is…

25th February

…out and buds with colour on Magnolia ‘F.J. Williams’. Magnolia ‘F.J. Williams’ Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ just getting going properly. Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ Camellia japonica ‘Faith’ looking especially fine…

5th March

…out again. A half decent Camellia x williamsii ‘Monica Dance’ Camellia x williamsii ‘Monica Dance’ A pretty fair Camellia ‘Dr Burnside’ Camellia ‘Dr Burnside’ Some Camellia x willimasii ‘Debbie’ starting…

2nd April

…‘E G Waterhouse’ Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ and Camellia japonica ‘Paul’s Apollo’. Camellia x williamsii ‘Debbie’ Camellia japonica ‘Vittoro Emanuele II’ Camellia japonica ‘Vittoro Emanuele II’ Camellia x japonica ‘Anticipation’…