11th March

…This is what they originally looked like! A confused show with a few nice things which were new: magnolias on Friday night magnolias on Friday night magnolias on Friday night

8th September

…‘Prairie Sun’ Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Stephi’ now full out. Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Stephi’ Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Stephi’ Agastache fren. ‘Blue Fortune’ likewise. Agastache fren. ‘Blue Fortune’ Agastache…

21st March

…crocosmia Camellia ‘Night Rider’ in the greenhouse. Clusters of flowers all open at once. Camellia ‘Night Rider’ Camellia ‘Giant White’ largely unfrosted. Strange shape as the bud unfurls. Camellia ‘Giant…

20th March

…Crystal’ Camellia ‘Night Rider’ which grows by the mist houses at Burncoose. Not a very vigorous grower but what a colour when first out. Darker even than ‘Midnight Magic’ we…

30th July

…and Buddleia ‘Black Knight’ looking good together. Escallonia ‘Iveyi’ and Buddleia ‘Black Knight’ 2020 – CHW An old clump of Hydrangea ‘Blue Wave’ on the drive. Hydrangea ‘Blue Wave’ Hydrangea…

28th March

…its upsides) and so off to Old Park Wood to see what has not been frosted last night. The sun is up so early that all signs of frost quickly…

26th July

…Labrador, Nutty, ran off on the foreshore late last night and only returned at 6.30am smelling of rosemary. Presumably he slept in someone’s bush. Very contrite and tired but a…

5th January

night. So Lockdown 3 it is and the end of our now hugely loss making shooting season. Nearly everyone on partial furlough but, it seems, we may still be able…

23rd May

…and our Viburnum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ from 2015) would close ‘tonight’. It actually closed at lunchtime. Jill also told us that she had arranged for Sir Nicholas Bacon (the RHS President)…

30th April

…‘Lois’ has been out for a fortnight or more. Magnolia ‘Lois’ Magnolia ‘Lois’ Rhododendron ‘Harry Tagg’ just coming out. Rhododendron ‘Harry Tagg’ 2020 – CHW The rain this week has…