9th July

hardly looks like a pear! Pyrus x michauxii Pyrus x michauxii Pyrus x michauxii Opuntia ficus-indica, the prickly pear cactus from Mexico, full out and no ill effects from the…

23rd June

came 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’ –…

4th August

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 californica. Aristolochia californica A nice…

24th May

Podocarpus ‘Otari’ Podocarpus ‘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’…

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 ferox Huge pea like seed pods on Phormium tenax. Phormium tenax Phormium tenax Colletia hystrix 12ftx10ft. Colletia hystrix Colletia hystrix Catalpa bignonoides full out rather earlier than usual. Catalpa…

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

‘Cornish Snow’ Stachyurus lancifolius with exceptional colours today and next spring’s flowers already well formed as you can see in the close up picture. Stachyurus lancifolius Stachyurus lancifolius I have…

4th January

excellent yellow needles in parts. Very slow growing with a fastigiate habit. Cephalotaxus harringtonia var koreana Cephalotaxus harringtonia var koreana Cephalotaxus harringtonia var koreana Very few buds either on Magnolia…