24th April

…week’s forecast. The pure white sport on Azalea ‘Greenway’ which Asia has propagated well in the greenhouse. Azalea ‘Greenway’ My father’s Rhododendron ‘Red Centurion’ just about out. Rhododendron ‘Red Centurion’…

11th November

…tree. Huge pale green leaves. Indumented below, yellow flowers. April/May. CWT6336. Rhododendron excellens. Maddenia subsection. Forms a spreading shrub. Large, shiny bright green leaves. Long lily like, scented white flowers…

17th February

…stems. hydrangeas by Green Gate hydrangeas by Green Gate The new lapageria planted outside my study window has made excellent new growth in its first year and is still growing…

25th April

…The leaf formation I fear does not quite tally with the reference books? semi evergreen / near evergreen azaleas semi evergreen / near evergreen azaleas semi evergreen / near evergreen

14th May

…unnamed red evergreen azalea unnamed red evergreen azalea In Old Park an excellent white deciduous azalea with a yellow throat. Again unnamed or unknown anyway. white deciduous azalea with a…

13th July

…display of hollyhocks. hollyhocks hollyhocks A 150 year old apple tree on its last legs – extraordinary. apple tree The garden is half on chalk and half on green limestone….

6th March

…aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ – yellow canes with a green band in the groove. Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ Phyllostachys viridi-glaucescens – green canes fading to dull yellowish…

27th August

…combinations of bluish-green or speckled reddish-green on different flowers on the same bush. These too are perfect for drying to preserve these wonderful assorted colours. The reddish-green ones are from…

30th July

…well here too. Betual albosinensis ‘Bowling Green’ Betual albosinensis ‘Bowling Green’ Betual albosinensis ‘Bowling Green’ Betual albosinensis ‘Bowling Green’ On the way back down the drive we spot Quercus x…

15th November

…Syringa emodii ‘Aureovariegata’ still with no sign of autumn. The prominent dark green centres of its leaves persist only on the leaves which are lower down the shrub. Syringa emodii…