1st February

…Engine House – over 30ft high – Rhus blown over in gale week before also one Camelia oleifera. Snowdrops good – some Lapagerias. 1931 – JCW H mollis after three…

2nd February

…the Camelia speciosa have been very good, there are some good Lapagerias yet, we have had a Roylei flowering nicely for about six weeks, I picked a Lent Lily yesterday,…

9th March

…‘Bishop Peter’ wins the Lamellen Cup Jaimie collects the Lamellen Cup Pieris japonica ‘Valley Valentine’ First Prize Camelia ‘Pink Icicle’ Podocarpus x ‘Orangeade’ Magnolia sargentiana robusta x sprengeri ‘Diva’ Second…

2nd April

…in 1924 only the double sloe has less flower. Blood red Auklandii very fair and the whites starting. The Melianthera is the best thing at the place. 1924 – JCW…

11th July

…far better selection than any Isle of Wight garden centre. They lost lots of freshly split and re-potted agapanthus in The Beast but not their Melianthus major or much else.The…

17th July

…of Bencomia caudata which has a leaf a bit like a Melianthus. Bencomia caudata Bencomia caudata The first walnuts I have ever seen forming on a huge Juglans ailantifolia which…

24th July

…photograph discreetly as this is not hugely popular with the two male owners and partners. I buy a Melianthus major to make amends.Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ is just coming out on…