28th March

…smell as you would expect when crushed. Michelia doltsopa ‘Silver Cloud’ Michelia doltsopa ‘Silver Cloud’ Rhododendron pseudochyrsanthemum is just out below Donkey Shoe. The leaf indumentum and new growth are…

8th September

…seeds. Zenobia Buddleia ‘Silver Anniversary’ – in flower. An attractive combination with the leaves. Buddleia ‘Silver Anniversary’ Buddleia ‘Silver Anniversary’ Pseudopanax with seeds. Pseudopanax with seeds Rudbeckia triloba ‘Prairie Glow’…

3rd August

…drop some of the New Zealand varieties. Agapanthus ‘Silver Moon’ – silver leaf edge variegation and much better than Agapanthus ‘Tinkerbell’. Agapanthus ‘Silver Moon’ Agapanthus ‘Windsor Grey’ – whitish grey…

18th February

…a large batch of Mahonia bealei ‘Cornish Silver’. This too originated from a Needham introduction. One stock plant was in full flower. Orangy-yellow! Mahonia bealei ‘Cornish Silver’ Mahonia bealei ‘Cornish…

13th February

…greenhouses ready for planting out. Camellia champetre ‘Fairy Blush’ – looks rather tender Camellia champetre ‘Fairy Blush’ Camellia champetre ‘Fairy Blush’ Camellia ‘Silver Chalice’ Camellia ‘Silver Chalice’ Camellia ‘Silver Chalice’…

8th February

…give wind protection from easterly gales over time. Camellia ‘Silver Anniversary’ Camellia ‘Silver Anniversary’ Another couple of plants of pink form ‘Bo-Peep’ in the Auklandii Garden are just as good…

17th November

…‘Silver Dollar’ ‘Silver Dollar’ ‘Rosea Plena’ – very yellow foliage ‘Rosea Plena’ ‘Rosea Plena’ ‘Ken Juro’ ‘Ken Juro’ ‘Ken Juro’ ‘New Dawn’ ‘New Dawn’ ‘New Dawn’ ‘Paradise Little Lien’ ‘Paradise…

13th July

…exceptional ‘snake-bark’ stem. Acer x conspicuum ‘Silver Cardinal’ Acer x conspicuum ‘Silver Cardinal’ The Betula utilis ssp. jacquemontii circles were growing well. Betula utilis ssp. jacquemontii Betula utilis ssp. jacquemontii…

31st December

…but this is rather better. Completely unfrosted. Camellia ‘Silver Anniversary’ Camellia ‘Silver Anniversary’ I had been expecting Rhododendron ‘Crossbill’ to show any day but nothing yet on the old plants…

14th September

…Whitish in bud opening light mauve with not all the flowers coming out at once to give a foxtail appearance. Calluna vulgaris ‘Silver Fox’ Calluna vulgaris ‘Silver Fox’ We have…