12th April

…‘Dr Clifford Parks’ Camellia reticulata ‘Hulyn Smith’ – another one much like ‘Captain Rawes’. Camellia reticulata ‘Hulyn Smith’ Camellia reticulata ‘Hulyn Smith’ Camellia reticulata ‘Hulyn Smith’ Camellia reticulata ‘Frank Houser’…

19th May

…cannot be far off that. Echium pininana Echium pininana My father was also very fond of granny’s bonnets which still thrive outside the dining room. granny’s bonnets Weigelia florida ‘Variegata’…

24th April

…‘Nancor’ Rhododendron ‘Nancor’ Rhododendron floccigeum has always been one of my favourite species. These were tissue cultured plants originally from Ross Smith at Duchy College. Rhododendron floccigeum Rhododendron floccigeum Rhododendron…

4th May

…and ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ were tissue culture grown by Ros Smith at Rosewarne in the laboratory. Rather leggy plants but this is how they grow from tissue culture. rhododendron planting…

28th August

…(behind the spaniel). dogs Sheila Tidball and Peter Bickford-Smith collecting the clay shoot entries. Sheila Tidball and Peter Bickford-Smith Schefflera myriocarpa is about to flower – three flower spikes showing….

6th May

…Arum lilies are untouched by the winter and in full flower already Granny’s bonnets – Aquilegia – my father’s favourite wild(ish) flower Euphorbia mellifera is about to come out. It’s…

31st July

…for long (to date) but it had rained from Sept – May 1st almost non-stop. 1999 – FJW A hot dry fortnight. Everything well out. 1981 – FJW Granny’s 70th…

12th March

…new addition to our national collection. I find a brief reference to this in ‘New Trees’ but I believe this was a gift from Doug Smith who also has a…

5th May

…startling form of Rhododendron floccigerum above the main quarry. These were tissue culture raised plants by Ros Smith and planted in 2015. First flowering I think. Rhododendron floccigerum Rhododendron floccigerum…

14th October

…(tissue culture grown by Ross Smith at Rosewarne) flowering away well for the second time (as usual) below Donkey Shoe. Planted 2015 in a place where the cinnarbarinum x concatenans…