11th May

…wait and see what the 50 pages of government guidelines say today. Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ in bud. Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Cercis canadensis ‘Flame’ making a good show….

13th May

…now. What a spectacle and to think it took us years to notice it was even flowering! Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ A…

30th May

…Kennel Close. Why are the buds and flowers so much larger than on the original? Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ The Magnolia ‘Daphne’ in Kennel Close…

25th May

…larger. What a simply wonderful magnolia this is! Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ A few Crataegus species in flower perhaps for the first time: Crataegus combyi…

24th May

…is ‘one of those’. Two military drunks require Mary and the bouncers in the early hours. Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ is going over and I have missed the…

25th July

…‘Indian Summer’ – tall growing with bronzy foliage. Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ Alstroemeria ‘Summer Breeze’ – same applies. Nice colour mix close up but not so eye-catching. Looks…

27th April

…Snowflake’ Magnolia laevifolia ‘Summer Snowflake’ Magnolia laevifolia ‘Summer Snowflake’ Magnolia laevifolia ‘Summer Snowflake’ Another (just out) Rhododendron niveum which is a rather stronger colour. Another Rhododendron niveum Another Rhododendron niveum…

12th May

…Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ 2018 – CHW Jaimie and the garden team have given a ‘light’ pruning (as we discussed a week or so ago) and a heavy…

26th May

…Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’ Magnolia ‘Porcelain Dove’ The magnolia with huge buds in Kennel Close turns out to be Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’. Label has vanished. Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’…

31st October

…‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Firmania simplex leaves badly eaten by slugs. I fear this plant is too tender for us. Firmania simplex 2016 – CHW Jaimie’s team have cleared…