29th July

…South Africa. Melianthus leaves all right (although green) but look at the flower colour! Melianthus villosus Melianthus villosus Melianthus villosus Melianthus villosus Muehlenbeckia complexa with a flower! No idea if…

28th July

Melianthus major Melianthus major Melianthus major Firmania simplex in full flower. Note the huge leaves with five lobes. Firmania simplex Firmania simplex Firmania simplex Musa basjoo growing as a huge…

9th August

…confertiflora Melianthus villosus setting seed. This was grown from seed from Ventnor Botanic Garden. Not as tall growing as Melianthus major but very attractive in flower which I missed here….

3rd August

…be available from Kernock as a plug liner? We used to stock this once and it sold well. What else is blue in flower in August? Commelia colestis Commelia colestis…

5th July

…Jaimie and Michael’s visit two to three weeks ago. Melianthus major has finished flowering and has three tall seed heads with ripening seed pods. Melianthus major Melianthus major Plenty of…

16th March

…Camellia “Fire ‘n’ Ice” Camellia ‘Free Spirit’ Camellia ‘Free Spirit’ Camellia ‘Free Spirit’ Camelia ‘Silver Ruffles’ Camelia ‘Silver Ruffles’ Camelia ‘Silver Ruffles’ And some newer magnolias:Magnolia ‘Sentinel’ – quite dull!…

28th November

…The original spelling of ‘CAMELIA’ on the label is presumably a mistake? Or is it? There is a fine story about JCW who, on hearing that Americans were calling or…

8th July

…come and the bark is fissuring nicely. Arbutus menziezii Arbutus menziezii Arbutus menziezii Last year this was a huge 6-7ft tall clump of Melianthus major. The cold has reduced it…

17th July

…acetabulosa Ballota acetabulosa This is the seed of Bencomia caudata which has a leaf a bit like a Melianthus. Bencomia caudata Bencomia caudata The first walnuts I have ever seen…

24th July

…owners and partners. I buy a Melianthus major to make amends.Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ is just coming out on huge stalks. Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ Crocosmia ‘Limpopo’ – newish…