27th June

…trunk. Planted in 2014. In recent mild winters this tree has been photographed as semi evergreen. Quercus buckleyi Quercus buckleyi Acer laevigatum with bronzy-red new growth which looks (and probably…

29th July

…flowers. In our mild winters this is becoming a 4ftx4ft shrub with a woody trunk. It sets a fine crop of seeds each year which Asia is, I hope, germinating….

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…

10th June

…suggests it was once at Caerhays but failed to propagate or died out in cold winters. We look forward to Tom’s offer of a seedling. The page about Dipentodon sinicus…

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…

30th November

…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 as M. grandiflora…

27th September

…frosted in January. Winters seem generally to have been colder then so why were they flowering much later than now. Has this Chilean (and really greenhouse plant) adapted to our…

2nd December

winters. Salvia x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’ Salvia x jamensis ‘Hot Lips’ Hanging over the wall above the salvia is a flower of Magnolia grandiflora. Magnolia grandiflora All on a coldish…

25th March

…‘Lucombeana’ has no leaves at all despite the mildest of winters. This normally at least semi evergreen tree was a gift from Cornwall County Council on my father’s retirement as…

25th December

…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. Magnolia grandifloras Daphne bholua…