23rd May

…‘Cetemayo’ – bought from Millais Nurseries Rhododendron ‘Glendoick Velvet’ Rhododendron ‘Glendoick Velvet’ Rhododendron ‘Glendoick Velvet’ – plastered, but not my colour. Rhododendron ‘Norfolk Candy’ Rhododendron ‘Norfolk Candy’ Rhododendron ‘Norfolk Candy’…

25th May

…with a hint of a yellow stripe amid the dark purple. Rhododendron ‘Glendoick Velvet’ Rhododendron ‘Glendoick Velvet’ Reevsia sinica has shed what was left of its old leaves after the…

26th March

…flowers in the frame. Nothing startling really. Magnolia ‘Cup Cake’ Magnolia ‘Cup Cake’ Magnolia ‘Black Velvet’ is a surprising white with, I admit, a blackish velvety stem. Wrongly named? No…

20th May

…campanulatus ‘Red Velvet’ out on Burns Bank. Enkianthus campanulatus ‘Red Velvet’ Acer pycnanthum – a dullish rarity. The Japanese counterpart to the North American Acer rubrum as its leaves show….

14th August

…‘Apollo’, Magnolia ‘Apollo’ Magnolia laevifolia ‘Velvet and Cream’ with extraordinary and colourful seed pods. Magnolia laevifolia ‘Velvet and Cream’ The climber tunnel looking pretty good too. The climber tunnel 2022…

10th May

…variety of different pollen parents as shown. R.GRIFFITHIANUM x glendoick em velvet cross R.GRIFFITHIANUM x purple splendour cross R.GRIFFITHIANUM x JC Williams cross R.GRIFFITHIANUM x arboreum sub delavayii cross R.GRIFFITHIANUM…

28th May

…taiwania Schefflera taiwania Schefflera macrophylla has lovely brown ‘velvet’ on its new growth as it emerges above its gigantic leaves. A sure fire winner and seller. Schefflera macrophylla Schefflera macrophylla…

30th May

…x M. laevifolia) with its first flower. Orange velvet on the new growth. Magnolia figo var crassipes x (M. foveolata x M. laevifolia) Magnolia figo var crassipes x (M. foveolata…

6th January

…Michelia doltsopa still covered in velvet indumentum. Two years ago they were blown open in January on this elderly tree. Some way to go yet it would seem – hopefully….

29th January

…unvariegated in its leaves. B. ‘Buzz Velvet’ and B. ‘Sugar Plum’ are better than B. ‘Royal Red’. A fair bit of naughtiness and cheating in the naming of new varieties…