17th March

…not particularly. Magnolia ‘Laura Saylor’ An exciting moment – the recently planted Magnolia sinostellata in flower. A new species from Japan and China with white flowers, tinged pink on the…

25th May

…people assemble for this great moment where we each have one sentence to say. I ask Joe if he knows what he will be talking about (the centenary of the…

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…

19th March

…contend with and five and a half hours of garden tour. Someone had a pedometer and we covered nine kilometres in all. Quite a bit of champagne too and sixteen…

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…

29th March

…Magnolia (Michelia) floribunda var. tonkinensis. Magnolia (Michelia) floribunda var. tonkinensis Exciting moment! The first time I have ever seen Maddenia hypoleuca in flower. Cherry like leaves and introduced by Ernest…

4th April

…CHW The first flowering of any new magnolia is always a moment of excitement but usually disappoints. This was planted as Magnolia J C Williams in 2008 and it might…

5th April

…told the nation nine days ago.At the moment it is all about tests or the lack of them. BBC bleating from the safety of their very well paid sofas on…

6th July

moment! This is the 35th year I have completed this tedious and time consuming job.The clearance work above the top wall continues apace. Time for a good fire now I…