5th May

…‘Jack Fogg’ Michelia x foggii ‘Jack Fogg’ Michelia x foggii ‘Jack Fogg’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ is looking good. The best thing is the light creamy white insides to…

21st March

…spring colours. The out of season flowers are much more turgid and darkish purple. Magnolia ‘March-Till-Frost’ Magnolia ‘March-Till-Frost’ The nearly pure white form of Camellia reticulata is an excellent plant….

26th December

…8 degrees of frost. 1920 – JCW Very little open because of the recent frost. Erica darleyense by far the best thin. Lapagerias and Cam sasanqua a few and odd…

12th March

…bit frosted. 1928 – JCW Two nights of frost have cleared the big Kobus of bloom and every Rhodo on the place and there was a lot of bloom. 1925…

1st April

…Rhododendron edgeworthii x leucaspis Magnolia ‘March-till-Frost’ with its true flowers at the proper time. Much darker and muddier in colour in the second autumn flowering. Magnolia ‘March-till-Frost’ Magnolia ‘March-till-Frost’ Camellia…

29th March

Frost damage to callistemon Rhododendron burmanicum full out. Larger flowers than you would get outside. Rhododendron burmanicum Rhododendron burmanicum Dicksonia squarrosa hard hit by frost. Will new fronds still emerge?…

16th December

…very harsh wind, next to no frost. 1926 – JCW Hardish frost last night. Cam sasanqua holds yet. Cotoneaster salicifolia is very good indeed but requires a sunny day. 1907…

11th March

…macrophylla untouched by frost or cold of -9oC!! Schefflera macrophylla Schefflera macrophylla Camellia ‘Grandiflora Alba’ just coming out again. Loads of buds and only the odd flower frosted earlier. Camellia…

23rd March

…JCW Magnolias kobus, salicifolia, halleana, conspicua, brozzoni, soulangeana and denudata all showing flowers after the frost. 1922 – JCW Hard frost which cuts the bloom but is a dry frost,…

1st January

…Noticeably colder today and a bit wet so a check on the rhododendrons out before the frost gets them later in the week perhaps? My fingers are almost too cold…