20th February

…– AGM – grows through rhodos Rhododendron kesangue – flowers in May. Big leaf. Rhododendron yuefengense – like orbiculare (two or three plants) Rhododendron huianum – mauve – niveum colour…

2nd September

…normally, these would be all mauve. Magnolia soulangeas Magnolia soulangeas Sorbus torminalis already showing autumn tints. Sorbus torminalis Sorbus torminalis Two plants of Phellodendron amurense are developing into rounded trees…

22nd July

…we have already seen with its splendid fruits. Here are its flowers and buds which are mauve-pink like many of the Callicarpas. However we do know that the fruits are…

16th February

…odd truss where some flower trumpets are out or even over before other buds have started to open. Red in bud but opening the pale mauve-purple which I always remember…

17th July

…is Ballota acetabulosa? The flowers have purple-mauve veining. Here it is growing through and over a Grevillea. Flowers and seed heads rather better than Ballota pseudodictamnus I think but fear…

31st October

…heads look much like the seed heads in reality. Pseudopanax laetus Pseudopanax laetus Also in John’s garden was Rostrincula dependens with mauve-bluish tinged pink flowers. This prompted me to have…

6th December

…light pink mauve flowers. Rhododendron mucronulatum A young Magnolia pseudokobus ‘Kubimishidori’ which has never yet flowered persists in full leaf. Magnolia pseudokobus ‘Kubimishidori’ Magnolia ‘Delia Williams’, on the lawn, has…

9th April

…Stachyurus himalaicus Azalea stenopetalum ‘Linearifolium’ above the greenhouse has a very pale mauve flower and is rather different in colour to the plants not yet out in the Rockery. I…

23rd October

…the Isla Rose planting but are big plants absolutely laden with mauve-purplish berries. A better show than Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’ I think today. An entirely new and unknown species here….

29th May

…Azalea ‘Caerhays Lavender’ Near Green Gate the original evergreen Azalea ‘Caerhays Lavender’ with its peculiar white then yellow new growth contrasting nicely with its light mauve flowers. Caerhays bred but…