1st May

…Just buds for now but interesting leaves with an odd silvery hue. Crataegus schraderiana Deutzia x rosea ‘Yuki Cherry Blossom’ just out. Rounded habit so far. Deutzia x rosea ‘Yuki…

13th July

…display of hollyhocks. hollyhocks hollyhocks A 150 year old apple tree on its last legs – extraordinary. apple tree The garden is half on chalk and half on green limestone….

1st August

…covered the tree to keep the birds away. Pear ‘Merton Pride’ Pear ‘Conference’ has only a sparse showing next to it. Pear ‘Conference’ Apple ‘Coxs Orange Pippin’ was starting to…

31st March

blossom which everyone is missing. These new Matsumae cherries should be in every garden and on every street. So much better than the Japanese cherries which we have all known…

18th March

…which are new to us and well worth propagating this summer:   Camellia ‘Candy Apple’ Camellia ‘Annie Waylam’ is a good paeony form and better than many. No idea who…

11th December

…from a distance are one theme. Another is for the fruiting blueberries, raspberries, currants and crab apples to provide scope for Isla Rose herself to develop an interest in gardening…

16th October

…Werrington ages ago. The crab apple fruits are golden yellow and ripe now but I do not know the species. Slow growing and only about 8ft tall after 25 to…

8th April

…Quercus monimotricha First flowers on Malus ‘Jelly King’ which we bought in for the Isla Rose Plantation. This is an introduction from New Zealand and is the ideal crab apple

6th July

…stamonium (thorn-apple). It is a very rare agricultural weed introduced from America in the 16th century. My guess is it actually grew from the bird seed on the bird table…

15th August

…on a young apple tree with berries forming early. mistletoe mistletoe Aconitum ‘Sparks Variety’ growing 5-6ft tall here is a wonderful herbaceous border plant. It never looks much in a…