26th March

…shorter and chubbier flower tassels than Stachyurus chinensis. Flowering properly here for the first time. The leaves are yellow variegated. Stachyurus praecox ‘Joy Forever’ Stachyurus praecox ‘Joy Forever’ Magnolia sprengeri…

17th November

…we saw today “Winter’s Joy” “Winter’s Joy” ‘Rainbow’ ‘Rainbow’ ‘Rainbow’ ‘Paradise Helen’ ‘Paradise Helen’ ‘Paradise Helen’ ‘Paradise Blush’ ‘Paradise Blush’ ‘Paradise Blush’ ‘Shishigashira’ ‘Shishigashira’ ‘Shishigashira’ ‘Setsugekka’ ‘Setsugekka’ ‘Setsugekka’ ‘Trewithen White’…

19th November

…out. Large flowers for a sasanqua. Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’ Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’ Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’ ‘Winters Joy’ – a semi-double medium pink. Camellia ‘Winters Joy’ Camellia ‘Winters Joy’ Quite a…

31st March

…Stachyurus chinensis ‘Joy Forever’ Stachyurus chinensis ‘Joy Forever’ Stachyurus sigeyosii – sadly the deer have eaten this evergreen species to ground level and now killed it completely. Time to replace…

9th November

…be out. Camellia ‘Winters Joy’ (Camellia sasanqua x Camellia oleifera) just coming out. Camellia ‘Winters Joy’ Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’ (Camellia sasanqua x Camellia oleifera) full out. Camellia ‘Snow Flurry’ Camellia…

12th September

…discover the following camellias have their first flowers in the tunnels: Camellia “Winter’s Joy” Camellia “Winter’s Joy” Camellia “Winter’s Dream” Camellia “Winter’s Dream” Camellia x williamsii ‘St Michael’ – early…

19th October

…Leopard’ Aconitum ‘Newry Blue’ in the sun. Aconitum ‘Newry Blue’ A few camellias with early flowers in our tunnel of saleable three litre plants: Camellia x oleifera ‘Winter’s Joy’ Camellia…

30th May

…at Burncoose The joy of being quiet and having time to think after two happy (part) days at Burncoose celebrating with the staff with a little pink fizz (36 bottles…

12th March

…and do not give a ‘fig’ (no ‘u’ in fig!). As we spend hours placing out new things for planting in the garden this week this is the joy of…

7th November

…He got back from Durham three weeks after the Newcastle trip with Trevor Green where he sat on his haunches and howled with joy at being back. Trevor’s kennel was…