26th July

…to the ground in cold winters. Quercus uvarifolius Quercus uvarifolius Quercus uvarifolius The botanists are still arguing about whether Quercus GLABARA (glabrous means hairless) is the same as Lithocarpus edulis…

20th November

winters? Rhododendron nobleanum Rhododendron nobleanum Rhododendron nobleanum 2002 – FJW Flowers on Rho nobleanum – many still on wall Delavayi – still very wet. 1991 – FJW First dry day…

1st July

…say autumn colour only in the most suitable growing conditions. Cornwall is hardly noted for its autumn colour or cold winters. I have written to Koen Camelbeke, one of the…

21st October

…is doing well although it has clearly suffered and had a dieback in earlier winters. Tom Hudson says his plants ‘fizzled out’ before they developed a more mature trunk. This…

31st May

…the most exposed (to sun) new plantings. A second summer of near drought looms? In the 1920s it was cold winters – now it is ‘climate change’ if you actually…

26th June

…tulip tree in flower, probably first time. Few fuschias out cut back last 2 winters. Rho stericulum x eriogonum is good also Maddeni series. Hilliers Mag macrophylla out but not…

25th December

…an array of leaves. A new self-sown clump here. Cyclamen coum Several flowers on several of the Magnolia grandifloras. Not unusual in recent mild winters but unbelievable to previous generations….

25th March

…at their very best.Strangely the Quercus x hispanica ‘Lucombeana’ has no leaves at all despite the mildest of winters. This normally at least semi evergreen tree was a gift from…

2nd December

…Lips’ remains in full radiant flower. It has survived here for several winters. Salvia x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’ Salvia x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’ Hanging over the wall above the salvia…

30th November

…in this run of mild winters. Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia grandiflora This seed pod looks as if it might just be viable? If so a new first for us…