17th January

…on Sinogrande Walk are showing as yet. Camellia ‘Sundae’ Acer pectinatum ‘Mozart’ glowing in the sun on Sinogrande Walk. Acer pectinatum ‘Mozart’ A paler form of Rhododendron mucronulatum below the…

30th August

…‘Argenteovariegata’ stands out nicely in the sun. A wonderful colour combination but some green shoots that have reverted and need cutting out. I did this in the spring but more…

2nd April

…the M. nitida. I forgot to actually photograph it! Magnolia ‘Sunray’ is just being blown open and a better colour than some years. Magnolia ‘Sunray’ Magnolia ‘Sunray’ Magnolia ‘Sunray’ Thankfully…

17th June

…to interest all types of gardener and including many South African herbaceous plants.Cornus kousa ‘Satomi’ in full flower in the sun in a corner of the walled garden. Cornus kousa…

3rd August

…the name refers to the subsequent berries. Cornus drummondii ‘Sunshiny Drops’ Cornus drummondii ‘Sunshiny Drops’ Maakia amurensis has no obvious flowers today but the Maakia hupehensis which has such gorgeous…

9th November

sun. Camellia sasanqua (white) and Camellia sasanqua (pink) full out together in the sun Camellia sasanqua (white) and Lapageria rosea ‘Pictoee’. Camellia sasanqua (white) and Lapageria rosea ‘Pictoee’ Camellia x…

7th February

…and snowdrops Early signs of leaves shooting on the Gunnera in today’s sun. Gunnera Gunnera At this time of the year Gunnera rhizomes can easily be extracted from the ground…

1st May

…out on time. Cuckoo in full voice near the top lodge. The scent of rhodos everywhere on a coldish but sunny day with no wind. We need rain in the…

20th June

…and attractive in full sun. A rarity but a perfect rockery plant to grow perhaps with Fuchsia procumbens? Lonicera crassifolia Lonicera crassifolia Lonicera crassifolia Lonicera crassifolia Stewartia pteropetiolata is just…

6th December

…last six weeks but have no intention of competing with Tregothnan.Camellia sasanqua ‘Elfin Sun’ Camellia sasanqua ‘Elfin Sun’ Camellia sasanqua ‘Elfin Sun’ Camellia sasanqua ‘Yume’ (all fallen but still attractive)…