22nd June

…Clematis florida ‘Taiga’ really is an outstanding show. Clematis florida ‘Taiga’ Clematis florida ‘Taiga’ Delphinium ‘Wishful Thinking’ will be a pleasant bicoloured addition to next year’s catalogue. Carpinus tuczaninowii will…

26th March

…However the plant at Burncoose is now starting to get ‘true’ flowers at the very top of the plant and others are experiencing this too. So current thinking is that…

3rd August

…have bred well at the Hovel but, in the early mornings, the telephone wires are already full of martins and swallows thinking about migration or perhaps just more bad weather…

29th July

…several years thinking it might be a clerodendron species but suddenly now it has a proper label. Reddish new growth, oddly shaped leaves and peculiar flower spikes. Mallotus japonicus Mallotus…

23rd February

…this in the greenhouse. Maurice Foster grew this first in the UK and removed all the buds thinking they were dead. Droopy habit. Camellia chekiangoleosa Camellia chekiangoleosa Polyspora longicarpa (formerly…

20th July

thinking it was dead too early in the spring. There used to be an elderly clump of H. sargentiana here years ago which sprawled rather than being upright as this…

11th August

…wrote in the spring. It will be a cold spot facing the sea winds. The planting list is attached so you can see how the thinking has gone. There is…

24th June

…Donkey Shoe Manglietia below Donkey Shoe Manglietia below Donkey Shoe I cannot find this young Manglietia caveana on any list? Perhaps I am wrong in thinking it is a Manglietia?…

30th May

…with a little pink fizz (36 bottles for 24). No London traffic or weekend wedding celebration noise into the evening/night. Total quiet and a start to thinking about our 2016…

13th April

…a new garden in Dorset and are thinking about how to create something serious. They have been staying in St Mawes and have visited Heligan and Tregothnan before Caerhays. The…