9th July

…seed heads all here today. Magnolia delavayi Magnolia delavayi Magnolia delavayi Magnolia delavayi Magnolia delavayi More Magnolia grandiflora flowers from below the lawn. Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia grandiflora An…

23rd June

…from New Zealand about 20 years ago.‘Main Street’ – with large and unpleasantly floppy flowers. MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Main Street’ MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Main Street’ MAGNOLIA grandiflora ‘Main Street’ ‘Russet’ – with…

4th August

…‘Rex’. The old trunks have died and vigorous new suckers have appeared in the border. Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’ Tetrapanax papyrifera ‘Rex’ I was right! It is an aristolochia called Aristolochia…

24th May

…‘Otari’ Podocarpus ‘Otari’ Plenty of flowers still showing up on the extraordinary blue Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x Magnolia ‘Patriot’. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x Magnolia ‘Patriot’ Magnolia x brooklynensis…

30th November

…in this run of mild winters. Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia grandiflora This seed pod looks as if it might just be viable? If so a new first for us…

15th October

…the frames. Quercus x schuettii ‘Silver Shadow’ Quercus x schuettii ‘Silver Shadow’ Quercus x wavei ‘Chimney Fire’ has turned a lovely red too. Both are new oaks to go out…

5th August

…Pseudopanax crassifolius as a 10-12ft small tree. Pseudopanax crassifolius Pseudopanax crassifolius Pseudopanax laetus 12-15ft in height. Pseudopanax laetus Pseudopanax laetus The disease killing mature clumps of Cordyline australis which we…

1st October

…rate! Eucalyptus mannifera var praecox Eucalyptus mannifera var praecox Eucalyptus mannifera var praecox 1999 – FJW Wet but warm September. Sasanqua both pink and white well out. 1988 – FJW…

10th November

…of its small leaves. Asia should try to propagate this. Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’ Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Parris’ An elderly clump of Camellia sasanqua above the quarry is plastered in…

4th January

…yet! Another youngish plant also has a flower or two below the main ride. Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia ‘March till frost’ 1972 – FJW Cold spell started.1959 – FJW…