29th July

…flower colour! Melianthus villosus Melianthus villosus Melianthus villosus Melianthus villosus Muehlenbeckia complexa with a flower! No idea if it is a male or a female flower? Muehlenbeckia complexa Muehlenbeckia complexa…

9th August

…beautiful and striking. Salvia confertiflora Salvia confertiflora Salvia confertiflora Melianthus villosus setting seed. This was grown from seed from Ventnor Botanic Garden. Not as tall growing as Melianthus major but…

28th July

…seen this on our Burncoose stockplant. Melianthus major Melianthus major Melianthus major Firmania simplex in full flower. Note the huge leaves with five lobes. Firmania simplex Firmania simplex Firmania simplex…

5th July

Melianthus major Melianthus major Plenty of seed heads forming on Acacia dealbata overhanging the garden. Acacia dealbata Hypericum ‘Hidcote’ and Jasminum officinale affine flowering nicely together outside the doorway into…

16th March

…Spirit’ Camellia ‘Free Spirit’ Camellia ‘Free Spirit’ Camelia ‘Silver Ruffles’ Camelia ‘Silver Ruffles’ Camelia ‘Silver Ruffles’ And some newer magnolias:Magnolia ‘Sentinel’ – quite dull! Magnolia ‘Sentinel’ Magnolia ‘Sentinel’ Magnolia ‘Millie…

3rd August

…is blue in flower in August? Commelia colestis Commelia colestis Sedum ‘Gold Mound’ may be dwarf and a rockery plant but it is still quite striking. No idea about its…

8th July

…year this was a huge 6-7ft tall clump of Melianthus major. The cold has reduced it just to a couple of tiny shoots from the old roots. Mostly dead. Melianthus…

28th November

…Today this plant would be called Camellia ‘Mathotiana’ (‘Mathotiana Rubra’). The original spelling of ‘CAMELIA’ on the label is presumably a mistake? Or is it? There is a fine story…

1st February

…– over 30ft high – Rhus blown over in gale week before also one Camelia oleifera. Snowdrops good – some Lapagerias. 1931 – JCW H mollis after three weeks in…

2nd February

…Audusson. 1930 – JCW Perhaps 20 species of Rhodo and 6-8 hybrids showing flower, the Camelia speciosa have been very good, there are some good Lapagerias yet, we have had…