27th January

out. Rhododendron siderophyllum, the pinker form, is full out beyond the Rockery. The white forms seem some way off coming out yet. Rhododendron siderophyllum Rhododendron siderophyllum A seedling of Rhododendron…

21st April

Rhododendron moorii x Rhododendron euchates Rhododendron moorii x Rhododendron euchates Rhododendron moorii full out and very splendid today. Rhododendron moorii Rhododendron moorii Rhododendron moorii First flowering here of Magnolia ‘Lu…

8th April

Malus ‘Everest’ was good too. Malus ‘Everest’ Malus ‘Everest’ Rhododendron ‘Cowslip’ – a williamsianum hybrid. Rhododendron ‘Cowslip’ Rhododendron primuliflorum Rhododendron primuliflorum Rhododendron primuliflorum Rhododendron arizelum – you will see many…

17th March

These are growing as a clump of five trees. Dacrycarpus dacrydioides Dacrycarpus dacrydioides Rhododendron frangipanensis in full flower. New species to me. Rhododendron frangipanensis Rhododendron frangipanensis Arbutus canariensis with a…

22nd March

out and untarnished. Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ Rhododendron praecox just showing colour and thankfully rather late this year. Rhododendron praecox A few decent flowers on a Magnolia sprengeri…

29th March

Frost damage to callistemon Rhododendron burmanicum full out. Larger flowers than you would get outside. Rhododendron burmanicum Rhododendron burmanicum Dicksonia squarrosa hard hit by frost. Will new fronds still emerge?…

20th May

CHW We arrived in London about midday to find everything moving forward with the stand in good time. Rob Toy had arrived with the cut stuff much earlier and he…

20th February

macrostachya which was 12-15ft tall and with pink flowers out already. Stems with lined shredding bark like a Heptacodium miconioides trunk. Some wind/frost damage to the huge blue-green leaves but…

23rd May

Rhododendron ‘Glendoick Velvet’ Rhododendron ‘Glendoick Velvet’ Rhododendron ‘Glendoick Velvet’ – plastered, but not my colour. Rhododendron ‘Norfolk Candy’ Rhododendron ‘Norfolk Candy’ Rhododendron ‘Norfolk Candy’ – Millais. Shy flowerer. Looked better…

13th April

second group in the afternoon is led by Richard and Merigold Webb from Webbs of Wychbold garden centre. They are longstanding gardening friends and arrive in good odour having filled…