28th July

…African salvia species certainly has an odd flower and remaining bract – Salvia africano-lutea (Beach salvia). Salvia africano-lutea Salvia africano-lutea Salvia africano-lutea Crassula coccinea with striking red flowers. Much better…

3rd October

…When will this USA tree be big enough to flower? Cladastris lutea (kentuckea) Cladastris lutea (kentuckea) Cladastris lutea (kentuckea) 2004 – FJW First really wet day for a long time….

8th March

…joined the dodo. Not totally unexpected from -9oC but we have plenty of cuttings in the warm. Sparmannia africana Sparmannia africana Sadly the excellent young Magnolia nitida which we looked…

5th February

…full flower. A bit of genuine ‘diversity’ here. Sparmannia africana Sparmannia africana The first time we have ever grown the South African Veltheimia capensis. Veltheimia capensis Veltheimia capensis Daphne ‘White…

16th May

…of the trunk which will prolong its life by a year or two perhaps? What an odd ‘nobbly’ trunk! Styrax japonicus Styrax japonicus The Rosa bankiae ‘Lutea’ which we pruned…

30th April

…Paeonia ‘Oukan’ Paeonia ‘Oukan’ Paeonia ‘Isononami’ Paeonia ‘Isononami’ Paeonia lutea var. ludlowii – a very fine large flowered form Paeonia lutea var. ludlowii – a very fine large flowered form…

2nd May

…banksiae ‘Lutea’ Rosa banksiae ‘Lutea’ The stock plant of Berberidopsis beckleri is now in a shady corner on the top wall in shelter. It is not a climber as such…

31st August

lutea (kentuckea) Cladastris lutea (kentuckea) Another, rather dull, form of Hydrangea sargentiana from Crug flowering for the first time at Donkey Shoe. A poor replacement for the old clump which…

14th July

…half by cold. Protea cyanaroides Protea cyanaroides Sparmannia africana cut to ground level but reshooting at last. Sparmannia africana Datura chlorantha just about shooting now from ground level. These were…

4th February

…and so far undamaged. Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ Amazingly after the frost last week Sparmannia africana has flower buds showing which are only slightly drooping after the cold. Slightly protected…