29th May

…wilsonii flowering for the first time in the frames. Excellent! Syringa wilsonii Syringa wilsonii Another new species of Philadelphus with its first flowers – Philadelphus satsumi. No great scent. Philadelphus…

6th August

…nearly dead. This is what microclimates and planting plans are all about in a drought year. Syringa yunnanensis Syringa yunnanensis Most eucryphias are flowering poorly in the drought conditions (so…

7th September

…nicely in September. Syringa reticulata Syringa reticulata Cheques handed out at the wind-up meeting after the highly successful Caerhays charity fete on the 16th June. In all over £8,000 was…

15th November

…centres of its leaves persist only on the leaves which are lower down the shrub. Syringa emodii ‘Aureovariegata’ Syringa emodii ‘Aureovariegata’ Hydrangea quercifolia putting on its true colours – rather…

8th April

…out much earlier than ours. Syringa pinnatifolia Syringa pinnatifolia Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’ – a shy flowerer with us in the nursery. Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’ Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’ Kerria japonica ‘Golden…

21st October

…so the seed should come true with variegated leaves as here. Syringa emodii ‘Aureovariegata’ Syringa emodii ‘Aureovariegata’ Loads of ripe seed on Meliosma dilleniifolia subsp. cuneifolia which I have never…

4th June

…saw at Tregrehan. The plant came from Glendoick. Rhododendron yuefengense Syringa reticulata flowering for the second time below Donkey Shoe. Not a patch on the flower of another new Syringa

27th May

…a newish hybrid and a welcome addition. Syringa ‘Sensation’ Syringa ‘Sensation’ I must have relented on the anti-lilac front for here is Syringa ‘Sensation’ with its bicolour flowers. Time it…

6th June

…rose pink outside and whiter inside in drooping panicles. Syringa komarowii Syringa komarowii This Magnolia denudata ‘Forrests Pink’ was felled to a 4ft tall stump by a leylandii in the…

25th May

…Although still excellent today here we cut this for Chelsea a week ago but it flopped in the heat and had to be binned before judging. Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’ Syringa