17th March

…‘High Fragrance’ Magnolia ‘Vairano’ is an excellent thing! (Magnolia ‘Iolanthe’ x Magnolia campbellii) Magnolia ‘Vairano’ Magnolia ‘Laura Saylor’ is not particularly. Magnolia ‘Laura Saylor’ An exciting moment – the recently…

25th May

…with Joe Swift. Four huge cameras and about 20 people assemble for this great moment where we each have one sentence to say. I ask Joe if he knows what…

28th November

…attached below: Prunus ‘Matsumae-Beni-Yutaka’ Prunus ‘Ukon’ Prunus ‘Shirotae’ Prunus ‘Tai-Haku’ Prunus ‘Horinji’ Prunus ‘Hokusai’ Prunus ‘Gyoiko’ Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ (‘Pink Champagne’) Prunus ‘Matsumae Fuki’ (‘Chocolate Ice’) Crataegus x lavalleei ‘Carrierei’ Acer…

19th March

…all. Quite a bit of champagne too and sixteen to lunch plus six for drinks.The michelia species question is now resolved; by the experts anyway. The three 1928 michelias above…

26th November

…yet. Erica arborea Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ (‘Pink Champagne’) with its autumn colours. Prunus ‘Ichiyo’ Taiwania cryptomeroides with its leader well staked. Our other plants have sprawled sideways for want of a…

11th April

…At the moment none of the new evergreen species such as Stachyurus yunnanensis and Stachyurus sigeyosii are any match for Stachyurus chinensis in flower but these are not yet fully…

26th December

…for the moment.New growth emerging early on the semi evergreen Pseudocydonia sinensis as it usually does. First few flowers and one large fruit on this 15 to 20 year old…

29th March

…tonkinensis Exciting moment! The first time I have ever seen Maddenia hypoleuca in flower. Cherry like leaves and introduced by Ernest Wilson in 1907. It used to grow here but…

4th April

…new magnolia is always a moment of excitement but usually disappoints. This was planted as Magnolia J C Williams in 2008 and it might yet turn out to be a…

5th April

…to tell the UK. It may even be part of the original government plans as they so unwisely (media wise) unwittingly told the nation nine days ago. At the moment