11th April

…yet got a registered name. I suspect it will! Magnolia ‘Rose Marie’ x Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Rose Marie’ x Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Rose Marie’ x Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’…

5th March

…campestre Scilla bifolia in a woodland setting. Scilla bifolia Camellia ‘Black Magic’ almost black in bud. Camellia ‘Black Magic’ Camellia ‘Black Magic’ Magnolias tower over the woodland valley garden. The…

1st May

…sun. Fagus sylvatica ‘Black Swan’ Fagus sylvatica ‘Black Swan’ Salix moupinense (from Tom Hudson / Vietnam) is very different from Salix fargesii despite what the reference books say. I had…

25th April

…of the later evergreen azaleas to flower. The best very dark red? Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ This is Rhododendron reticulatum which is nearly (but not quite) deciduous. It…

21st March

…Magnolia ‘Serene’ – an interesting first flower. Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Serene’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Deep Purple Dream’ – now named ‘Aphrodite’ or ‘Antje Zandee’. The latter…

14th April

…as they just emerge from the very black buds and ahead of the leaves. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ An…

8th March

…x ‘Purple Dream’ – first flowering here Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x ‘Purple Dream’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x ‘Purple Dream’ Magnolia ‘Atlas’ x ‘Vulcan’ – first flowering here Magnolia ‘Atlas’ x…

9th April

…Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ with its first flowers out above Crinodendron Hedge amid the Styrax species planting. Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ beside it. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black

3rd March

…not as dark in bud as Magnolia ‘Genie’ from a day ago. Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Caerhays Splendour’ is now full…

16th March

…x Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ remains a small and rather odd flower on a young plant. I am not sure that it yet reflects its parentage. Magnolia ‘Vulcan’ x Magnolia ‘Black