12th April

…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 good…

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

…18ft being the tallest. These 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….

24th April

…‘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 floccigeum Rhododendron…

4th May

…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 gate rhododendron planting…

6th May

…full flower already Granny’s bonnets – Aquilegia – my father’s favourite wild(ish) flower Euphorbia mellifera is about to come out. It’s a shrub really rather than a herbaceous plant and…

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

…from Doug Smith who also has a national collection. Podocarpus spinulosus The second flowering (that I have seen) of Michelia maudiae below Slip Rail. The ‘tree’ is now nearly 20ft…

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

…to me. The leaf shape and habit however suggests the true species. Photinia niitakayamensis Rhododendron concatenans (tissue culture grown by Ross Smith at Rosewarne) flowering away well for the second…