28th February

Azalea ledifolium (formally ledifolia ‘Alba’ just to confuse you) is also now coming out months early. We saw the odd flower weeks ago but now, slowly, the full monty is…

29th June

…less in hot weather. This plant has been in flower for at least five months since well before the leaves first emerged. Good value! Fuchsia exorticatica 2016 – CHW Magnolia…

26th April

…form). Rhododendron decorum Rhododendron decorum Rhododendron ‘Lady Montagu Group’ (Exbury) is quite nice but not a ‘Mrs Butler’ special. Rhododendron ‘Lady Montagu Group’ Rhododendron ‘Lady Montagu Group’ Rhododendron ‘Lems Cameo’…

25th April

…Halesia diptera The tallest Pinus monticola in the UK. Pinus monticola Pinus monticola A group of three Rhododendron augustinii ‘Electra’. Rhododendron augustinii ‘Electra’ Horrors in the grotto! Horrors in the…

April 2018 Irish trip (Day 3)

…blue tinged needles as seen at Blarney Castle. Pinus montezumae Pinus montezumae Pinus montezumae Pinus montezumae Abandoned urns date from 1878. Abandoned urns Abandoned urns Drimys winteri being killed by…

14th April

…survived and now out a month late. Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ Magnolia ‘Kalleberg’ – rather dull and I planted two not far apart above Crinodendron Hedge. Magnolia ‘Kalleberg’…

28th September

…not yet ripe. Collect in about a month I guess. Trochodendron araliodes Trochodendron araliodes Stewartia rostrata in Penvergate is plastered in red seed pods but here, unlike on the drive,…

Irish trip April 2018

…rock with a huge spread. Yew Pinus montezumae – a blue form which seemed more cold hardy than ours ever were. Pinus montezumae Pinus montezumae Cupressus dupreziana was attractive and…

1st February

…feels like it has rained for the last three months. Everything sodden underfoot. It must dry up soon! Perhaps a fine dry flowering spring? landslip on Porthluney Hill landslip on…

12th February

…a show like this to survive the winter months intact. Cotoneaster franchettii Camellia ‘Salutation’ out early as usual (Camellia reticulata x Camellia saluenensis). Some frost/wind damage but not much near…