28th June

…‘Mathotiana Alba’. Camellia ‘Mathotiana Alba’ The second flower on Magnolia sapaensis (I have been spelling it incorrectly) is now just out. The first one is very rounded when full out…

25th March

…rare oddments I suddenly spot a really good large Paeony form double red camellia amid the ancient Camellia japonicas outside the back yard. It is a bit like ‘Mathotiana Rubra’…

22nd May

…is for you! 1934 – JCW I have just caught the best Azaleas, that is the deciduous ones. Magnolia wilsoni is at its best. 1917 – JCW C m rubra

7th September

…Fothergilla major also. Fothergilla major Celtis australis Celtis australis Arbutus unedo ‘Rubra’ in full flower – early! Arbutus unedo ‘Rubra’ Callicarpa dichotoma in full flower too. Callicarpa dichotoma Pittosporum undulatum…

8th May

…are very nice. Tubergens Iris are all over. 1911 – JCW Auklandii very good indeed, not quite its best, M rubra nearly at its best, 481 half open, all recurvas…

28th October

…wangii shows no sign of the onset of autumn. Aesculus wangii Aesculus wangii 2016 – CHW Amazing autumn colours in the nursery today.Quercus rubra – a dull day but a…

20th May

…good but HOT with E wind and dry. 1981 – FJW Visitor laid an EGG in Maurices suite (George Blandfords bedroom). 1909 – JCW R roylei nice, C montana rubra

28th July

…flower but nothing found today. Need to look for Camellia mathotiana varieties in full shade to have a chance but it has probably been just too hot in June/July this…

21st June

…macrophylla – Mag sieboldii. Camellia mathotiana alba in two places flower vase worthy. A good soak yesterday. 1986 – FJW The heaviest 24 hrs of rain I have seen –…

22nd January

…campbellii full out – many double Camellias as Mathotiana. Double Prunus by Kennel, several Reticulata seedlings. Red Admiral at Ririei out a week. Some Red Arboreum x and also Sutchuenense,…