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

buckleyi with its extraordinary red new growth. Very eye catching today but risky indeed in an early frost. Quercus buckleyi Quercus buckleyi A seed on a Magnolia grandiflora on the…

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

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 flower and one plant…

7th January

Cloud’. Eucryphia lucida ‘Pink Cloud’ Flowers soon to emerge on Aextoxicon punctatum. Aextoxicon punctatum Aextoxicon punctatum A magnolia flower out in every month continues to be a reality. Here a…