7th March

…Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’ Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’ Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’ Magnolia ‘Bishop Michael’ Rhododendron Golden Oriole var ‘Busaco’ – a hint of red in the flowers unlike ‘Talavera’ which is a…

21st April

…‘Yaku Fairy’ Last few flowers on an elderly and dying Rhododendron virgatum. Rhododendron virgatum Rhododendron ‘Michael’s Pride’ and Rhododendron veitchiorum superb together on the drive. Rhododendron ‘Michael’s Pride’ and Rhododendron…

29th November

…Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’ but ‘Cornish Snow Michael’ or ‘Michael’ (after Charlie Michael the head gardener here until 1956). ‘Michael’, they say, is a larger / the largest flowered form of…

11th March

…‘Bishop Michael’ and where he is today? Michael used to be in Rogers Quarry but was cut down 15 years ago to make room for the Magnolia campbellii Alba and…

28th April

…enjoy anyway. Planted here in 2005. Rhododendron macabeanum Rhododendron ‘Charles Michael’ Rhododendron ‘Charles Michael’ Rhododendron ‘Charles Michael’ This all takes three hours with ‘Abs’ the producer. Thankfully it does not…

23rd December

…– CHW First few flowers on Camellia x williamsii ‘Beatrice Michael’. Camellia x williamsii ‘Beatrice Michael’ Camellia x williamsii ‘Beatrice Michael’ A young Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’ which has shed the…

April 2018 Irish trip (Day 4)

…Congreve 12 years ago the rhodo and camellia plantings were so thick that it was obvious Michael White, the head gardener, had a battle ahead. Four years after Ambrose Congreve’s…

8th April

…in the show for ‘Countess of Haddington’. Then off around the Savill Garden with John Anderson and Harvey Stephens. Michael receives the cup Michael receives the cup Rhododendron ‘Countess of…

18th January

…williamsii ‘Charles Michael’ Camellia x williamsii ‘Charles Michael’ ‘King Alfred’ daffodils in Kennel Close. The first clump to flower here. ‘King Alfred’ daffodils But Prunus ‘Kursar’ is only just showing…

10th January

…Kennel Close windbreak. Gigantic stamens. Camellia ‘White Nun’ Camellia ‘White Nun’ Camellia saluenensis and Camellia x williamsii ‘Beatrice Michael’. Camellia saluenensis and Camellia x williamsii ‘Beatrice Michael’ Camellia saluenensis shedding…