29th March

…January. We need to propagate more this year. One side of this tunnel was completely full in January Fothergilla major coming into flower rather later than usual. Fothergilla major Fothergilla…

28th July

major Melianthus major Melianthus major Firmania simplex in full flower. Note the huge leaves with five lobes. Firmania simplex Firmania simplex Firmania simplex Musa basjoo growing as a huge multistemmed…

5th July

…Michael’s visit two to three weeks ago. Melianthus major has finished flowering and has three tall seed heads with ripening seed pods. Melianthus major Melianthus major Plenty of seed heads…

28th October

…Fothergilla major Fothergilla major Eucommia ulmoides – a dull yellow and green but nice close up. Diospyros lotus – another yellow of some merit. Diospyros lotus Callicarpa kwangtungensis – mauve/violet…

1st November

…flowers full out so far. Camellia ‘Noblissima’ Camellia ‘Noblissima’ Vinca major with a flower growing through the lower branches of Picea omorika. Vinca major Vitis coignetiae colouring nicely as it…

30th August

…August! Branches down Major collapse of an old Pinus insignis Major collapse of an old Pinus insignis 1961 – FJW Harvest definitely finished. 35cwt average per acre. Best fields –…

2nd March

…Burncoose or Caerhays. The first report of major roof damage at Caerhays Barton Farmhouse but nothing can be done in these conditions. More serious damage by close of play today.It…

10th April

…beech trees which fell in the winter. Ready for a major replant next spring when all the stumps dug out. Nevertheless sad evidence of cold damage to several mature big…

14th June

…The two unlabelled Carpinus with a weeping habit are, I think, C. shensiensis. 2019 – CHW One of the rhododendrons grown from seed supplied by Major Howell decades ago. Late…

30th July

…castanena x sapadifolia growing reasonably beside Acer sterculiaceum which is doing well. Of Quercus affinis and Quercus rugosa there is no sign. Major casualties because of minimal care and maintenance…