19th April

Charles Lemon’ which it probably is not. Sir Charles has a white flower according to the reference books but strong and dense indumentum on the undersides of the leaf as…

3rd September

…last old clump of Rhododendron ‘Charles Michael’ is now dead. Rhododendron ‘Charles Michael’ 2016 – CHW A visit by Harry Watkins who is writing a PhD paper on magnolias. A…

Tom Hudson – Camellia cuspidata saga!

…and Gary Long (Head of Trewithen Gardens and Parks & Director of the International Camellia Society). Tom’s initial response to my request 15th Feb:- Charles/Gary Tom Hudson’s image I hadn’t…

24th February

…Magnolia ‘Charles Raffil’ with two flowers so far out. Magnolia ‘Charles Raffil’ Magnolia ‘Mount Pironga’ from New Zealand about to burst. Magnolia ‘Mount Pironga’ Again this bizarre and unnamed deciduous…

5th June

…A rather ugly crinkly flower with sieboldii stamens. A collector’s item only. The plant on the drive at Burncoose is a bit different. Perhaps ‘Ralph Coates’. I bought Charles and…

21st May

…Final stand pictures- Chelsea Final stand pictures – Chelsea Susan Hampshire & Gerry Guy Hands, Charles, Susan Hampshire & Gerry Guy Hands, Charles, Susan Hampshire & Gerry Susan Hampshire Susan…

22nd April

…from France. The rare white form of Rhododendron racemosum (near Tin Garden) which needs propagating by Asia later in the summer. A particularly good form of Rhododendron ‘Sir Charles Lemon’…

5th April

…and my great uncle, Charles Williams, took on. He too was a keen gardener and hybridiser although heavily involved in wartime politics. It is said with great justification that the…

17th July

…parviflora had 1900 pods taken off by Charles. He also took 1700 off another plant. 1933 – JCW As in 1932 1932 – JCW M delavayi, M parviflora, M nicholsoniana…

22nd November

…day. 1965 – FJW First snow of winter. 1964 – FJW Charles found Moupinense hyb near Niveum in flower. 1 flower on November Pink. Many flowers on R nobleanum and…