28th July

…Leaves 6-8ft long. Tallest stem perhaps 18-20ft. No flowers in evidence. Musa basjoo Musa basjoo Musa basjoo Musa basjoo The very rare Mallotus japonicus in full flower and new growth….

11th July

…with a very peculiar flower! I have never seen anything quite like this before. Musa velutina Musa velutina Agapanthus ‘Brilliant Blue’ was another good dark form not seen before. Agapanthus…

23rd July

…you with a few pictures of exciting plant combinations: Clethra barbinervis and Stypholobium japonicum ‘Pendula’ Clethra barbinervis and Stypholobium japonicum ‘Pendula’ Musa basjoo and Romneya coulteri Musa basjoo and Romneya…

13th January

…again in earnest. herbaceous plants The Musa basjoo (banana) has not enjoyed the recent cold. Musa basjoo A huge seedpod fell off a cycad during unloading and ripe seeds are…

30th July

…Viburnum odoratissimum and Viburnum cinnamomifolium in leaf and flower? Viburnum cylindricum Our next crop of Musa basjoo looking particularly healthy. Musa basjoo Stachyurus praecox ‘Devon Purple’ really is striking. Stachyurus…

7th October

…Portholland. No leaves seen by me but it must be Musa basjoo to be alive and flowering outside. The tiny bananas are forming and the flower is clearly a draw…