8th June

…Liriodendron tulipifera Liriodendron tulipifera Syringa prestoniae ‘Minuet’ just open. Very pretty. Syringa prestoniae ‘Minuet’ Syringa prestoniae ‘Minuet’ Two other very late flowering ‘American’ (see earlier description) deciduous azaleas by the…

12th November

…takes all the energy from the grafted plant which is doing well. Syringa pinnata Syringa pinnata The buds on Camellia x williamsii ‘J C Williams’ will be showing colour in…

27th May

…at Chelsea. Rhododendron ‘Kabarett’ Rhododendron ‘Kabarett’ Rhododendron ‘Germania’ Rhododendron ‘Germania’ ‘Germania’ has a pleasing gentle colour for a newish hybrid and a welcome addition. Syringa ‘Sensation’ Syringa ‘Sensation’ I must…

6th August

…is what microclimates and planting plans are all about in a drought year. Syringa yunnanensis Syringa yunnanensis Most eucryphias are flowering poorly in the drought conditions (so far anyway) but…

7th September

…nicely in September. Syringa reticulata Syringa reticulata Cheques handed out at the wind-up meeting after the highly successful Caerhays charity fete on the 16th June. In all over £8,000 was…

15th November

Syringa emodii ‘Aureovariegata’ still with no sign of autumn. The prominent dark green centres of its leaves persist only on the leaves which are lower down the shrub. Syringa emodii…

8th April

…week. Amelanchier lamarkii Amelanchier lamarkii Syringa pinnatifolia out much earlier than ours. Syringa pinnatifolia Syringa pinnatifolia Choisya ‘Aztec Pearl’ – a shy flowerer with us in the nursery. Choisya ‘Aztec…

21st October

…near so the seed should come true with variegated leaves as here. Syringa emodii ‘Aureovariegata’ Syringa emodii ‘Aureovariegata’ Loads of ripe seed on Meliosma dilleniifolia subsp. cuneifolia which I have…

29th May

…mutabilis ‘Induta’ Syringa wilsonii flowering for the first time in the frames. Excellent! Syringa wilsonii Syringa wilsonii Another new species of Philadelphus with its first flowers – Philadelphus satsumi. No…

6th June

…spectacle and the best thing on the drive today. Flowers are rose pink outside and whiter inside in drooping panicles. Syringa komarowii Syringa komarowii This Magnolia denudata ‘Forrests Pink’ was…