26th April

…hint of pink in bud and you have to strain your eyes to see the pink in the tepals after that. Magnolia ‘Pink Kobus’ Acer palmatum ‘Orange Dream’ is quite…

11th March

…Aucuba japonica ‘Dentata’ Chionodoca ‘Pink Giant’ – a good light pink form too which appeared to self sow itself. Chionodoca ‘Pink Giant’ Chionodoca ‘Pink Giant’ Chionodoca ‘Pink Giant’ And a…

13th March

…a similar leaf form and trunk to the nearby michelias. Manglietia insignis Manglietia insignis trunk Manglietia insignis trunk Manglietia insignis Manglietia insignis Two 1991 planted Michelia doltsopas have made wonderful…

2nd June

Pinkish red with an orange flare. Hugely scented in today’s heatwave and gentler east winds. Pinkish red Pinkish red Pinkish red Pinkish red Then a red one with an orange…

24th June

…second mature Lithocarpus cleistocarpa. Did I know it was there? Once perhaps but long since forgotten! M. insignis M. insignis M. insignis M. insignis M. insignis This is the Manglietia…

20th November

…Azalea ‘Kirin’ Lagerstroemia indica ‘Rhapsody in Pink’ living up to its name. Lagerstroemia indica ‘Rhapsody in Pink’ Lagerstroemia indica ‘Rhapsody in Pink’ Cornus florida ‘Daybreak’ with a wonderful mix of…

20th June

…Less pink in this one, other than the bud, in contrast to the one in full sun further up the drive. Even a long tailed tits nest in the crown…

24th April

…the ribbon More ‘work in progress’! ‘work in progress’! Rhododendron groenlandicum in the new border. Rhododendron groenlandicum Rhododendron groenlandicum Cercis siliquastrum about to open in what has become a huge…

14th April

…Magnolia ‘Pink Surprise’ (Magnolia ‘Galaxy’ x Magnolia ‘Toro’) flowering properly for the first time. Magnolia ‘Pink Surprise’ Magnolia ‘Pink Surprise’ Magnolia ‘Pink Surprise’ Magnolia ‘Tikitere’ is now fully open and…

5th May

…the trio of magnolia trees all in flower. Magnolia officinalis Magnolia officinalis A magnolia felled in the 1987 hurricane had reshot into a three stemmed tree in two places. magnolia…