26th April

Favourite’ opens out flat as a flower and is much larger than plain laevifolia. Another good thing! Michelia laevifolia ‘Gail’s Favourite’ Michelia laevifolia ‘Gail’s Favourite’ Reversion in Quercus cerris ‘Argenteovariegata’…

7th June

…‘Cleopatra’ Eremurus x isabellinus ‘Cleopatra’ Eremurus ‘White Beauty Favourite’ Eremurus ‘White Beauty Favourite’ Eremurus ‘White Beauty Favourite’ Wisteria floribunda ‘Alba’. Flowering with the leaves. Wisteria floribunda ‘Alba’ Gillenia trifoliata in…

26th May

…stand (pretty close from the reference books). It was Jim Trudgeon’s favourite deciduous azalea and responding badly to a cutting back 40 years ago where the cut back plants died….

25th March

…Zealand form The question often gets asked by visitors as to what is your favourite plant or what is your favourite magnolia? The only answer possible is that on any…

IDS Thank you email and photos

…certainly have added a whole bunch of magnolias to my wish list. I don’t think we asked you what your favourite tree was. Not necessarily my favourite but a huge…

9th April

…Rhododendron rex ssp rex – yet another big leaf. Rhododendron rex Rhododendron cinnarbarinum subsp xanthocodon ‘Purpurellum Group’ – perhaps my favourite colour. Half the superb clump has died since last…

5th May

…heliolepsis Rhododendron heliolepsis Rhododendron heliolepsis My favourite species – Rhododendron floccigerum. This very old plant struggles on having falling over as you can see. Rhododendron floccigerum Rhododendron floccigerum Rhododendron floccigerum…

28th February

…definitely my favourite, has finally opened up in the two pots outside the front door. Unlike other named forms which are now nearly over ‘Mary Rose’ has been in bud…

23rd February

…in cultivation when Forrest wrote about it so admiringly. We have a few young plants and here are Tom’s. A wonderful species which will become a garden favourite I expect….

Other nice things from the Rosemoor Show

…‘Spring Morning’ (now Rhododendron) Menziesia ‘Smokey Rose’ (now Rhododendron) Magnolia laevifolia ‘Gails Favourite’ Rhododendron argyrophyllum ‘Chinese Silver’ Rhododendron wallichii Rhododendron excellans Rhododendron tyermanii Rhododendron ‘Plover’ (edgeworthii x dendrocharis) Azalea ‘Irohayama’…