22nd June

…later. blueberries blueberries At the nursery today for various meetings. Clematis florida ‘Taiga’ really is an outstanding show. Clematis florida ‘Taiga’ Clematis florida ‘Taiga’ Delphinium ‘Wishful Thinking’ will be a…

6th April

…again, for doing so much better now! The ghastly woman on Radio 4’s Today programme continues to bleat and sneer in equal measure thinking this is good journalism. How I…

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

…the buds thinking they were dead. Droopy habit. Camellia chekiangoleosa Camellia chekiangoleosa Polyspora longicarpa (formerly gordonia) – gordonias are now limited to American species and polyspora are the Asian ones….

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…

10th April

…Australian appeal court. This set me thinking about the almost daily missives from the diocese of Truro which I now seem to get as parish council treasurer. A good few…

24th June

…am wrong in thinking it is a Manglietia? [No it is after checking but Magnolia caveana now of course.] Manglietia caveana Manglietia caveana Manglietia caveana This one is supposedly Manglietia…

26th March

…starting to get ‘true’ flowers at the very top of the plant and others are experiencing this too. So current thinking is that the New Zealand ozone hole and/or the…