12th April

…much like ‘Captain Rawes’. Camellia reticulata ‘Hulyn Smith’ Camellia reticulata ‘Hulyn Smith’ Camellia reticulata ‘Hulyn Smith’ Camellia reticulata ‘Frank Houser’ – a good red in bud. Camellia reticulata ‘Frank Houser’…

4th May

…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 outside the front…

28th August

…in the tent during the clay shoot. Dexter won the dog scurry (behind the spaniel). dogs Sheila Tidball and Peter Bickford-Smith collecting the clay shoot entries. Sheila Tidball and Peter…

31st July

…rained from Sept – May 1st almost non-stop. 1999 – FJW A hot dry fortnight. Everything well out. 1981 – FJW Granny’s 70th birthday – the rain came after a…

6th May

…Fuchsia excorticata which has been in flower since mid-January. The Arum lilies are untouched by the winter and in full flower already Granny’s bonnets – Aquilegia – my father’s favourite…

24th June

…35 years ago by torchlight after a drunken dinner there with Peter Bickford-Smith. The gardens are no longer open to the public and are now owned by an American and…

5th May

…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 This looks like Rhododendron…

24th April

…habit and has sat happily and unnoticed towards Green Gate for decades. Now thanks to the work at Rosemoor by Ros Smith we have saved this hybrid for posterity and…

12th March

…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 national…