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…

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…

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’ –…

24th May

Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x Magnolia ‘Patriot’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x Magnolia ‘Patriot’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x Magnolia ‘Patriot’ Strong new growth on the Rhododendron macabeanum has appeared…

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…

15th October

rain. Except on Mag delavayi and grandiflora. There are very few blooms. Cyclamen nice. 1931 – JCW Back from Scotland, a very warm autumn, very little flower except fuchsias and…

30th November

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 as M. grandiflora

4th January

struggling. Not sure what has eaten the leaves. Looks more like vine weevil or tortrix moth than slugs? Schefflera rhododendrifolia Schefflera rhododendrifolia Cephalotaxus harringtonia var koreana has excellent yellow needles…

10th November

but only this plant is out as it was last year. The other old ones may be a month away still. Stachyurus lancifolius with exceptional colours today and next spring’s…

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…