13th April

officinalis var. biloba Magnolia officinalis var. biloba Magnolia officinalis var. biloba Magnolia officinalis var. biloba Paulownia fortunei now properly out. Its early white flowers were frosted. Paulownia fortunei Magnolia ‘Scented…

5th May

…the trio of magnolia trees all in flower. Magnolia officinalis Magnolia officinalis A magnolia felled in the 1987 hurricane had reshot into a three stemmed tree in two places. magnolia…

15th April

…the flowers open. Very erect habit and nicely unusual. Apparently there is now a true ‘red’ form in the USA. Magnolia officinalis var biloba Magnolia officinalis var biloba Magnolia officinalis

13th August

…fairly common wild plants.Betony, Stachys officinalis, which I had not seen before. Stachys officinalis Stachys officinalis Stachys officinalis Harebell, Campanula rotundifolia, which you often see on moorland edges. Campanula rotundifolia…

31st January

officinalis Cornus officinalis Cornus officinalis Sycoparrotia semidecidua has extraordinary flowers and here they are spot on for late January. Completely deciduous here in the tunnel. Sycoparrotia semidecidua Sycoparrotia semidecidua x…

18th May

…five weeks and perfect for cutting. Enkianthus hirtinervus Magnolia officinalis ‘Biloba’ (pink form) is too tight in bud to cut. Magnolia officinalis ‘Biloba’ The game larder is filling up with…

14th July

…initially overcast day which then went back to normal.Althaea officinalis – Marsh-mallow – comes from Europe and is from the malva family. Quite attractive but clearly tender. Althaea officinalis Althaea…

11th February

…unusual. Out of kilter to put it mildly. Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ Not a single flower bud this year on their big Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ by the back door….

2nd September

…As last year also a secondary flower. Magnolia officinalis var biloba Magnolia officinalis var biloba Tilia henryana has flowered early and the seeds are setting. The whitish bracts behind the…

24th February

…be out now in the tunnels but I have seen this elsewhere recently. A delicate light blue tinge. Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Severn Sea’ Rosemarinus officinalis ‘Severn Sea’ Calceolaria ‘Camden Hero’ is…