8th March

…Zandee’ – first flowering here Magnolia ‘Antje Zandee’ Magnolia ‘Antje Zandee’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x ‘Purple Dream’ – first flowering here Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x ‘Purple Dream’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’…

28th March

…Williams’ Magnolia ‘Aphrodite’ (Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Deep Purple Dream’). Magnolia ‘Aphrodite’ Magnolia ‘Antje Zandee’ (Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Deep Purple Dream’). Magnolia ‘Antje Zandee’ Magnolia ‘Petit Chicon’…

16th March

…as near black as you can get as it first comes out. Camellia ‘Midnight Magic’ Camellia ‘Midnight Magic’ Camellia ‘Midnight Magic’ A dwarf rhododendron species in the Auklandii Garden just…

5th April

…Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ (Ledvina cross) is good and in a prime spot by Georges Hut. Magnolia ‘Rose Marie’ x Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ The tiny Magnolia ‘Mighty Mouse’. Magnolia ‘Mighty Mouse’…

1st July

…either. Hemerocallis Hemerocallis Hemerocallis Hemerocallis Salvia ‘Black and Blue’ nicely out by the drawing room window. It shows up well against the Pentewan granite. Salvia ‘Black and Blue’ Salvia ‘Black

18th March

…‘Genie’ wins again in my opinion. Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Camellia ‘Alpen Light’ – first flowering after planting last year. Aptly named. Camellia ‘Alpen Light’ Rhododendron fargesii full…

31st July

…colours. Sambucus niger ‘Black Lace’ Sambucus niger ‘Black Lace’ Sorbus vilmorinii fruiting away on the drought to capacity. Sorbus vilmorinii Sorbus vilmorinii A very near black agapanthus which might have…

26th March

…see. Rhododendron ‘Loch Awe’ Rhododendron ‘Loch Awe’ First single flower on Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia ‘Caerhays Surprise’ – impressive even if a bit damaged! Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ x Magnolia…

27th June

…the same name. Quite nice but not that different yet. Not much ‘black’ about it really. Dutch trying to sell on a silly but marketable name again. Hydrangea ‘Black Diamonds’…

28th November

…a day threatening to wet the shooting party. Wisteria sinensis ‘Black Dragon’ Wisteria sinensis ‘Black Dragon’ 1979 – FJW Philip brought in xmas cheer for the house. 1927 – JCW…