22nd April

…say, again, that secondary consequences of lockdown may be worse than corona itself and here is more evidence. Meanwhile it is now a fact that UK manufacturers of PPE are…

31st January

…asking the Historic Houses Association for guidance. All that we can find online are small plastic tubes that could not withstand tinkering let along strong winds. The best we can…

4th April

…Truro and Torbay at least, the public appear to be doing what they are told and keeping well away from hospitals. However, it would seem that some parts of the…

12th April

…Pterocarya fraxinifolia Sorbus yuana Sorbus yuana Camellia ‘High Fragrance’ – and it certainly is. Flowers over a very long period. Camellia ‘High Fragrance’ Camellia ‘High Fragrance’ Sophora japonica ‘Sun King’…

17th April

…all the government’s fault.What does the BBC’s utopia look like? Bankrupt the government, get rid of Boris and say in the European Union! Be careful what you wish for as…

30th October

…Society Dinner. 1998 – FJW House martins seen around the house – still very wet and stormy. 1995 – FJW First perfect flower on Camellia High Hat – sasanquas fully…

21st February

…the buds start to open. Raf tells me that Mount Congreve gardens, from where this originated, have given it a name but I cannot remember what it was. yellow form…

23rd November

…have removed most of the show. What is left is a gorgeous yellow. This was the best autumn colour in the garden this year I think. Liriodendron chinense Liriodendron chinense…

2nd March

…back hard as most of the top was dead. Plenty of reshooting from the base. Lindera communis Michelia doltsopa ‘Silver Cloud’ blown out early high up at 30ft+. Michelia doltsopa…

30th May

…and the nursery plants shed a lot of leaf in the cold in tunnels this spring. Tristaniopsis laurina Further confirmation that the flowers of Halesia macgregorii are quite small and…