21st March

…and better. Magnolia ‘Aphrodite’ Magnolia ‘Aphrodite’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Pickard’s Ruby’ is excellent too but, as yet, unnamed. Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Pickard’s Ruby’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’…

11th April

…Marie’ x ‘Black Tulip’ has been out for a while now and the leaves are emerging. Paler than ‘Black Tulip’ as you would expect but with a rounded Black Tulip…

17th March

…in open woodland Edgeworthia chrysantha Edgeworthia chrysantha Sarcocca wallichii with huge black berries Sarcocca wallichii Sarcocca wallichii Nothofagus dombeyi trunk Nothofagus dombeyi Camellia ‘Black Lace’ Camellia ‘Black Lace’ Camellia ‘Black

25th April

…Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ in the Rockery is one of the later evergreen azaleas to flower. The best very dark red? Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ This is Rhododendron reticulatum…

14th April

…these brooklynensis hybrids providing you catch the flowers as they just emerge from the very black buds and ahead of the leaves. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ Magnolia x brooklynensis…

5th March

black in bud. Camellia ‘Black Magic’ Camellia ‘Black Magic’ Magnolias tower over the woodland valley garden. The dark one may well be ‘Bishop Michael’. Magnolias Magnolias Magnolias Camellia ‘Fairy Wand’…

1st May

…nearby. Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ is very fine and black as it opens. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ Another new…

9th April

…Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ with its first flowers out above Crinodendron Hedge amid the Styrax species planting. Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ Magnolia ‘Yuchelia’ Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black Beauty’ beside it. Magnolia x brooklynensis ‘Black

5th May

…Rhododendron reticulatum Rhododendron reticulatum Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ just coming out. A good contrast soon between the other colours. Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ Rhododendron kiusianum was cut back hard two years ago…

8th March

…Zandee’ – first flowering here Magnolia ‘Antje Zandee’ Magnolia ‘Antje Zandee’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x ‘Purple Dream’ – first flowering here Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x ‘Purple Dream’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’…