16th June

…as scented. White flowers at first which develop a pink hue. The California buckeye is an excellent species. Aesculus californica Aesculus californica Aesculus californica A third Carrieria calycina in the…

2nd July

…quite slow growing compared to some of the other species. Aesculus californica Aesculus californica Eucalyptus simondsii finally in flower. Saw the swelling buds months ago. Eucalyptus Buddleia loricata nearly out…

April 2018 Irish trip (Day 3)

californica Myrica californica Picea parviflora – no seed still in the cones. Picea parviflora Picea parviflora Picea parviflora Rossdohan House as a ruin. Rossdohan House Rossdohan House Rossdohan House Rossdohan…

18th May

…dizziness when crushed. Umbellularia californica Umbellularia californica Another slightly different flower on Magnolia ‘Honey Liz’. Magnolia ‘Honey Liz’ Rhododendron ‘Lemon Meringue’ just out. Rhododendron ‘Lemon Meringue’ Rhododendron ‘Ruby Hart’ –…

25th November

…is still pretty dry today. Umbellularia californica Umbellularia californica 2017 – CHW It is amazing how a blue hydrangea can turn and fade into such extraordinary dark colour. Mainly dark…

4th September

…by any means. Magnolia ‘Sweet Sixteen’ Aesculus californica also has a few smallish seed pods as it did last year. For Asia to observe and collect when ripe. Aesculus californica

Irish trip April 2018

…a huge tree planted in 1941. Phyllocladus trichomanoides Phyllocladus trichomanoides A young Torreya californica much like ours. Torreya californica A vast Olearia paniculata with wonderful peeling bark. Olearia paniculata Olearia…

8th July

…got it is Tetrapanax papyifera ‘Rex’. Alive however where there was more shelter. Tetrapanax papyifera ‘Rex’ Tetrapanax papyifera ‘Rex’ Aristolochia californica (Californian Dutchman’s pipe) is shooting well from the base…

6th June

…magnolias in flower today but nothing much new with two exceptions. Umbellularia californica Growing well, but incorrectly in full shade, I find Umbellularia californica. You get more than a headache…

31st May

…Philadelphus caucasicus Philadelphus caucasicus Philadelphus caucasicus Aesculus californica still in tight bud. Aesculus californica Eucalyptus simonosii is covered in buds but the only flowers out as yet are on the…