1st July

…Cornus kousa ‘China Doll’ with few flowers this year. Planted 2006. Cornus kousa ‘China Doll’ Cornus kousa ‘China Doll’ Cornus kousa ‘Samaritan’ looking superb with the contrast between leaf and…

6th July

…was a gift from Nantes Parks. Lagerstroemia limii Lagerstroemia limii The evergreen Cornus augustata ‘Empress of China’ has really perked up after repotting. Cornus augustata ‘Empress of China’ Surprising to…

29th May

…why Hillier don’t list it? . Fits well in the Flora of China. I have a small group of three growing here that came from just north of Lijiang in…

6th May

…passenger lists and spoken to some of the infected. Nice to know that the long arm of China was yet again encouraging its allies to break the lockdown and spread…

30th May

…are confused and irritated. The answer is that ALL azaleas (evergreen and deciduous) are the product of hundreds of years of breeding from a relatively few species of deciduous and…

5th May

…list of names with descriptions of just a word or two. Azalea ‘Northern Hi-Lights’ Two Rhododendron heliolepsis of which one is much darker than the other. Rhododendron heliolepsis Rhododendron heliolepsis…

25th September

…programmes in the series of Signature Flowers of China which cover rhododendrons, roses, chrysanthemums and paeonies. Work is proceeding apace at The Hovel. We have a site meeting with Bill…

15th June

…slight. Amelanchier bartramiana Two out of three casualties in our deliberately closely planted trio of Betula albosinensis ‘China Rose’ (in the Isla Rose planting) due to the recent drought and…

3rd September

…Styrax species Regrowth after decades of shade under trees sees a fine crop of Verbascum olympicum flowering away. How the seed got here in the first place is anyone’s guess….

19th February

…Another lot of ‘you are here’ sign maps for around the gardens. Another lot of ‘you are here’ sign maps What a lot of new signage for this year to…