12th April

…‘Dobro’ Camellia reticulata ‘Lady Piet’ – another red full double. Camellia reticulata ‘Lady Piet’ Camellia reticulata ‘Lady Piet’ Camellia reticulata ‘Lady Piet’ Camellia reticulata ‘Lady Piet’ Camellia reticulata ‘Nuccios Ruby’…

5th March

…campestre Scilla bifolia in a woodland setting. Scilla bifolia Camellia ‘Black Magic’ almost black in bud. Camellia ‘Black Magic’ Camellia ‘Black Magic’ Magnolias tower over the woodland valley garden. The…

11th April

…orders A robin has nested in an old gardening bag at The Hovel. The nest is made from Mary’s horse’s mane. robin’s nest robin’s nest The paler original Camellia saluenensis…

25th April

…back. Maddeni hybrids very good indeed in new planting, not yet in 40 Acres. 1908 – JCW Snow again last night, just as above. 1907 – JCW The Recurvas seedlings…

4th March

…a much lighter colour in flower than ‘Felix Jury’. Excellent! Prunus ‘Collingwood Ingram’ Prunus ‘Collingwood Ingram’ Wonderful peeling bark in the sunlight on Betula prattii. Planted in 2010. Betula prattii…

18th April

…rhododendrons Some young Rhododendron ‘Snow Ladyin the bed have grown well in two years and will be ready to go into the garden next spring. Rhododendron ‘Snow Lady’ Rhododendron…

14th April

…today. Now a big vigorous tree with striped bark. Prunus matsumae ‘Beni-yutaka’ Prunus jamasakura from Japan is a Wilson introduction again planted in 2006. Very pretty in the dappled sunlight….

9th April

…little to acknowledge the existence of this old variety but I tracked it down in the camellia encyclopaedia or international register to Treseders nurseries in the 1960s. It got an…

1st May

…the detailed Chelsea Flower Show plans and, more importantly, inspecting the plants themselves in the show tunnel. With such an early year in the garden and the rhododendrons full out…

10th April

…maudiae Michelia maudiae Wonderful Telopeas in full flower too in the nursery:‘Shady Lady White’ TELOPEA ‘Shady Lady White’ TELOPEA ‘Shady Lady White’ ‘Braidwood Brilliant’ TELOPEA ‘Braidwood Brilliant’ TELOPEA ‘Braidwood Brilliant’…