6th October

…the Isla Rose Plantation. Cercis chinensis ‘Avondale’ I attach a list of the ilex species collected by George Forrest on various expeditions to China derived from my father’s notes. Remembering…

6th April

…15782 – an especially fine form and better than I have ever seen before Rhododendron sulphureum – Forrest 15782 Rhododendron sulphureum – Forrest 15782 Rhododendron tanastylum – extremely rare! Rhododendron…

16th February

…trees here collected by George Forrest I discovered in Bean a reference to a group of seven Ilex cyrtura trees growing in Trewithen Gardens. I therefore wrote to Gary Long,…

10th January

…A couple of decent young Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ below Rogers Quarry. Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ Camellia ‘Alba Simplex’ nicely out but slightly…

13th March

…is now full out. Magnolia denudate ‘Forrest Pink’ Magnolia denudate ‘Forrest Pink’ Opposite it the enormous flowers on this Magnolia campbellii alba seedling on the drive are suddenly full out…

24th May

…need not have worried. Merrilopanax alpinus A late flowering Rhododendron loderi ‘King George’ tucked away out of sight. Excellent today. Rhododendron loderi ‘King George’ Rhododendron loderi ‘King George’ Rhododendron loderi…

4th December

…with many first flowers to be seen.Camellia ‘Tricolor’ on the drive. Camellia ‘Tricolor’ Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ on the Main Ride. Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ Camellia ‘Noblissima’ at…

6th December

…of the lawn. ice First and only flower so far on Camellia ‘Lady Clare’. Camellia ‘Lady Clare’ Aesculus wangii turning colour quickly now. Aesculus wangii Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’…

29th December

…in tight bud. Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’ Rhododendron ‘Winter Intruder’ 2016 – CHW Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ is now full out in the sun. George’s ashes were scattered underneath the…

26th July

…found out much more about JCW’s original enkianthus collection. He wrote in the Rhododendron Society notes of 1926 (reproduced here). Enkianthus deflexus was collected several times by Forrest so it…