1st May

…the detailed Chelsea Flower Show plans and, more importantly, inspecting the plants themselves in the show tunnel. With such an early year in the garden and the rhododendrons full out…

10th April

…maudiae Michelia maudiae Wonderful Telopeas in full flower too in the nursery:‘Shady Lady White’ TELOPEA ‘Shady Lady White’ TELOPEA ‘Shady Lady White’ ‘Braidwood Brilliant’ TELOPEA ‘Braidwood Brilliant’ TELOPEA ‘Braidwood Brilliant’…

28th April

…something’ (as for flood victims insurance in a government backed scheme). Read the contract! Since few people are driving their cars the main vehicle insurers are coining it on the…

18th May

In the rockery Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ was sadly too far out to cut. Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ Azalea ‘Black Hawk’ I have no idea what this dwarf rhododendron is. It likes…

20th February

…of around 70 ‘new’ (within last 30 years) introductions of woody trees and shrubs to the UK and Maurice’s garden in Kent. Some were his own wild collections, others from…

26th March

…Captain Collingwood Ingram who was the introducer of many Japanese cherries to UK cultivation. Prunus ‘Collingwood Ingram’ Prunus ‘Collingwood Ingram’ Rhododendron gongshanense flowering for the first time that I have…

10th July

…‘Lady Taiko’ has this startling blue-white bi-coloured red effect but the mopheads soon burn in the sun. Hydrangea ‘Lady Taiko’ Hydrangea ‘Lady Taiko’ Hydrangea ‘Lady Taiko’ Hydrangea ‘Geoffrey Chadbund’ –…

1st July

…A dry day after a week’s rain on and off. No harm in that!Acer cappadocium ‘Aureum’ has very fine new growth indeed as a young plant in Kennel Close. Acer…

8th March

…money and inflation as we start to worry about inflation again. I drove this car in my teens, and I think my brother finally ran it into the ground in

16th March

…only 30 years old. Impossible to photograph the tree properly in poor light and rain. The magnolias on the drive are a week or 10 days behind the main garden…