26th March

…fine tree visible from the castle lawn. Magnolia ‘Sweet Merlot’ Magnolia ‘Sweet Merlot’ Magnolia ‘Sweet Merlot’ 2019 – CHW A trip to the greenhouses to see what new is out.The…

5th March

…Collins Magnolia ‘Sweet Valentine’ just showing nicely as the small tree matures. Magnolia ‘Sweet Valentine’ Magnolia ‘Sweet Valentine’ Magnolia sargentiana ‘Blood Moon’ – the first flower on this young plant…

18th March

…really rather splendid. Another new variety from Stervinou. Camellia ‘Sweet Jane’ Camellia ‘Sweet Jane’ Camellia ‘Sweet Jane’ 2020 – CHW Another cry off from the forthcoming gardening weekend by Maurice…

30th April

…castle lawn. Magnolia ‘Sweet Merlot’ Magnolia ‘Sweet Merlot’ 2015 – CHW A filthy day with some rain and a strong south east wind. Perhaps a good night for lamping! Two…

11th March

…in Old Park. Some felled, some with just dead branches removed. All under a statutory felling order. sweet chestnuts sweet chestnuts One forgets what a frost pocket Old Park is…

27th February

…older magnolias which were out there. We do not have any of the new sweet chestnut disease but a few older sweet chestnuts may have minor Phytophthora ramorum infection in…

15th October

…This has not stopped a squirrel making a pile of eaten ones. Sweet chestnut fruits Sweet chestnut fruits Sweet chestnut fruits Large numbers of blue seedpods nearly ripe on Decaisnea…

1st August

…this year. layered his sweet peas layered his sweet peas layered his sweet peas Pear ‘Merton Pride’ was producing a big crop and Will had covered the tree to keep…

2nd September

…absence, a formal visit from Plant Health to inspect our sweet chestnut trees for disease. Apparently they have been overflying the woodland here looking for new infection in old Castanea…

16th February

…and the nicely pruned hydrangeas. ‘Mr Billy’ Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’ is looking anything but ‘sweet’ but Magnolia ‘Pegasus’ is coming out nicely nearby with a bit more shelter. Magnolia ‘Sweet