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’…

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…

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’…

3rd March

…immeasurably.Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ is just coming out and not as dark in bud as Magnolia ‘Genie’ from a day ago. Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ Magnolia…

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

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…

31st July

…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 been…

27th June

…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’ Hydrangea…

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…