3rd October

…When will this USA tree be big enough to flower? Cladastris lutea (kentuckea) Cladastris lutea (kentuckea) Cladastris lutea (kentuckea) 2004 – FJW First really wet day for a long time….

28th July

…African salvia species certainly has an odd flower and remaining bract – Salvia africano-lutea (Beach salvia). Salvia africano-lutea Salvia africano-lutea Salvia africano-lutea Crassula coccinea with striking red flowers. Much better…

8th March

…in the warm. Sparmannia africana Sparmannia africana Sadly the excellent young Magnolia nitida which we looked at a few weeks ago has taken a hit in the wind. Partial defoliation…

16th May

…‘nobbly’ trunk! Styrax japonicus Styrax japonicus The Rosa bankiae ‘Lutea’ which we pruned hard and shaped in the winter is reshooting vigorously. Rosa bankiae ‘Lutea’ The newspapers have been full…

30th April

…Paeonia ‘Isononami’ Paeonia lutea var. ludlowii – a very fine large flowered form Paeonia lutea var. ludlowii – a very fine large flowered form Paeonia lutea var. ludlowii – a…

2nd May

…well. This is however its first decent flowering since the cutback. Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ The stock plant of Berberidopsis beckleri is now in a shady corner on…

31st August

lutea (kentuckea) Cladastris lutea (kentuckea) Another, rather dull, form of Hydrangea sargentiana from Crug flowering for the first time at Donkey Shoe. A poor replacement for the old clump which…

14th July

…half by cold. Protea cyanaroides Protea cyanaroides Sparmannia africana cut to ground level but reshooting at last. Sparmannia africana Datura chlorantha just about shooting now from ground level. These were…

4th February

…out in the sun after a wet night. A good colour and so far undamaged. Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ Amazingly after the frost last week Sparmannia africana has flower buds…

2nd August

…summer. Holboellia latifolia Sorbus rosea (SEP 492) with first fruits forming but not yet pink. Sorbus rosea This was the Sparrmannia africana cut to the ground in the ‘Beast’ and…