13th February

…bholua ‘Sir Peter Smithers’ Daphne bholua ‘Sir Peter Smithers’ Daphne bholua ‘Sir Peter Smithers’ Daphne bholua ‘Mary Rose’ – OUTSTANDING and a huge flower Daphne bholua ‘Mary Rose’ Daphne bholua…

2nd May

…was the former head gardener at Lanhydrock. Magnolia campbellii ‘Peter Borlaise’ Magnolia campbellii ‘Peter Borlaise’ Magnolia campbellii ‘Peter Borlaise’ Nearby a young Magnolia ‘Peachy’ has its first flowers. The big…

14th February

…labelling situation Sir Peter? Magnolia ‘Peter Smithers’ Magnolia ‘Peter Smithers’ The first magnolia to show from afar above the castle. from afar Outside the back yard these two are nearly…

30th January

…a bit of confusion.Daphne bholua ‘Spring Beauty’ is very lovely. Daphne bholua ‘Spring Beauty’ Daphne bholua ‘Spring Beauty’ Daphne bholua ‘Peter Smithers’ Daphne bholua ‘Peter Smithers’ Daphne bholua ‘Peter Smithers’…

5th March

…a dark red – so wrongly named. Magnolia ‘Peter Smithers’ Magnolia ‘Peter Smithers’ Magnolia ‘Peter Smithers’ A rather surprising red hybrid of my father’s right at the end of the…

11th March

…father named two very early flowering Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ seedlings ‘Bishop Peter’ and‘Bishop Michael’ (two bishops of Truro from the 1980s). Peter is darker purple and sometimes the first magnolia to…

21st February

…Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ is now almost fully out as well. Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’ The Magnolia mollicomata x sargentiana robusta seedling above the Crinodendron Hedge is perhaps the…

17th February

…if it is not nearly as pink as the reference books say it should be. Magnolia ‘Peter Smithers’ Magnolia ‘Peter Smithers’ Magnolia ‘Peter Smithers’ On the day we open outside…

16th February

…first few flowers on Magnolia ‘Bishop Peter’. BBC Spotlight showed these as part of their weather forecast a day or two ago. However there are still only a few out…

28th August

…good. In shade this can be a straggly grower with few flowers and we had a poor clump at Burncoose. Hydrangea paniculata ‘Kyushu’ Hydrangea paniculata ‘Kyushu’ Hydrangea paniculata ‘Kyushu’ Hydrangea…