17th April

…Tin Garden. An excellent plant to grow in the north of the country. Magnolia ‘Serene’ Magnolia ‘Serene’ Rhododendron ‘Loch Aure’ is very nice by the Pound. It looks like a…

12th April

…Magnolia ‘Peachy’ Magnolia ‘Peachy’ Magnolia ‘Serene’ still out but the flowers are smaller and paler than usual. Magnolia ‘Serene’ Magnolia ‘Serene’ Tilia mongolica ‘Harvest Moon’ just coming into leaf. Tilia…

25th April

…it first came out. Despite the leaves now appearing it is a delicate light colour. Mauve not pink or red at this late stage. Magnolia ‘Cleopatra’ Magnolia ‘Serene’ full out…

21st March

…‘Apollo’ Magnolia ‘Apollo’ Magnolia ‘Crystal Chalice’ not terribly exciting. Magnolia ‘Crystal Chalice’ Magnolia ‘Crystal Chalice’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Serene’ – an interesting first flower. Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x…

23rd March

…schlippenbachii Prunus ‘Shirotae’ holds sway over the drive. Just out and not quite full out. Prunus ‘Shirotae’ Magnolia ‘Serene’ is the last of the genuinely tree magnolias to come out….

2nd April

…Chalice’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Serene’ (no name as yet) Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Serene’ Magnolia ‘Hot Lips’ (much better than ‘Hot Pants’). [I fear this is actually…

22nd April

…‘Serene’? Never seen before here. Worth buying from New Zealand for the next catalogue. Magnolia ‘Livingstone’ An unnamed present from Tony Kirkham at Kew in 2014. Must ask him what…

3rd April

…perform and even later than ‘Serene’. Last year it was equally late but a bit battered. The colour is excellent this year. It is a New Zealander (of course) from…