31st July

…Knapweed. Possibly the new species seen here by Colin French? Centaura nigra Centaura nigra This may be Centaurea debauxii rather than nigra or it may be that my pictures above…

15th January

…very dark canes. Phyllostachys nigra Phyllostachys nigra The original and huge (despite being cut down 20 to 25 years ago) Camellia x williamsii ‘John Pickthorn’ just coming out. The buds…

28th July

…knapweed is the rarer Centaurea nigra ss. with much smaller tighter flower heads (Centaurea nigra subspecies is rare in Cornwall and largely confined to the Isles of Scilly). First flowers…

29th December

…a different shape to ‘Caerhays’ which is not out yet. Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ Camellia x williamsii ‘George Blandford’ Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ has held…

April 2024 Ireland Trip (Day 3)

…a huge 20-30 feet tall cluster. Pittosporum bicolor? The original Sambucus nigra ‘Guincho Purple’. A very elderly and propped up shrub. Sambucus nigra ‘Guincho Purple’ Sambucus nigra ‘Guincho Purple’ Another…

21st October

…fruits have developed into something interesting. Crataegus pontica Suddenly a batch of exceptionally coloured secondary flowers on Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’. Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ 2022 – CHW Finally…

27th December

…spring though. Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’ Magnolia lilliflora ‘Nigra’ A single rogue flower on Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’ (it is a touch of purple really). Michelia ‘Touch of Pink’ Fine colour…

10th July

…earlier visit this year. Hypericum ‘Hidcote’ A gorgeous dark maroon, red-black hollyhock. Alcea rosea ‘Nigra’ (or a very near seedling to the true black form). Alcea rosea ‘Nigra’ Outside the…

6th August

…very early and loads of buds to come Correa bachhousiana Correa bachhousiana Correa bachhousiana Morus nigra just ripening. Morus nigra 2016 – CHW This is the fuchsia purchased on the…

21st July

…virginiana 2021 – CHW The first clump of Centaurea nigra (common knapweed) in flower on the bank. Centaurea nigra Pale (with a red flash) and the more common pink form…