28th April

…Williams’ is mauve when full out but greenish yellow initially. Rhododendron ‘Emma Williams’ Rhododendron ‘Emma Williams’ Scrambling up the bank above the drive and hidden away are three good pinkish…

19th May

…president (Nikko Bacon) comes in person to the Plant of the Year stand to make the presentation accompanied by Sue Biggs, the RHS Director General, who is exactly as her…

17th June

…water feature Lupinus chamissonis scrambling beautifully through a clipped hedge of Lonicera nitida. A very nice Lupin species which we ought to stock. Here freestanding at the edge of a…

16th April

…St Gorran Rectory Garden, nothing much there. 1932 – JCW Much as in 1927 but Ciliicalyx has lost its flower buds. Camellia speciosa wanes, a bad year for flowers on…

31st March

…and was sold for a ‘quid’ to a Dutch bank (curtesy of Mr Leeson’s gambling in the markets) a Barings director asked the then governor and the Accepting Houses Committee…

Tom Hudson – Camellia cuspidata saga!

…and Gary Long (Head of Trewithen Gardens and Parks & Director of the International Camellia Society). Tom’s initial response to my request 15th Feb:- Charles/Gary Tom Hudson’s image I hadn’t…

19th February

…day with two photographers and the features director of The Field getting shooting pictures for her forthcoming article which she has written. As a Purdey’s ambassador she has the full…

23rd February

…and I believe it has flowered at Ladock Rectory. This is not bad and the flowers will become larger and paler pink in due course. campbellii seedling campbellii seedling These…

19th August

…Guests of a director of Surrey cricket club. 1983 – FJW Rain started. 1916 – JCW After heavy rain some roses are coming on, but there is very little flower…