12th April

…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’ – a…

28th August

…the front door. Volunteers Peter Bickford-Smith collecting the entries for the annual GWCT clay shoot here as he has done for 30 to 40 years (barring COVID last year). Peter…

19th May

…of granny’s bonnets which still thrive outside the dining room. granny’s bonnets Weigelia florida ‘Variegata’ with the usual reversions. Weigelia florida ‘Variegata’ Weigelia florida ‘Variegata’ Jasminum humile ‘Revolutum’ just coming…

24th April

…like this. Rhododendron ‘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…

4th May

…two ‘Moonstone’, three Rhododendron canadense, four ‘Beauty of Littleworth’, two helolepsis, two fargesi and several others. The ‘Moonstone’ and ‘Beauty of Littleworth’ were tissue culture grown by Ros Smith at…

6th May

…x Rhododendron formosum. The backdrop here is 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…

31st July

…– 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 very long HOT…

12th March

…welcome 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…

5th May

…so 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…

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…