29th March

…cylindrica The newly planted Magnolia ‘Summer Lady’ from Germany is not that exciting as yet but different. Magnolia ‘Summer Lady’ Magnolia ‘Tropicana’ with Michelia doltsopa behind it. Magnolia ‘Tropicana’ Rhododendron…

11th June

…with those large terminal flower buds opening early summer. Will be fun to see what pops out. i have a few Mangliets going to fire up for the 1st time…

27th July

…actually flowered. Dipteronia sinensis Dipteronia sinensis Various suddenly dead rhododendrons in the drought. The last one is the elderly Rhododendron sinogrande which nearly died last summer and has featured quite…

22nd June

…mix of leaf colours as the sun bleaches them red. Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Summer Sunset’ Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Summer Sunset’ 2017 – CHW I stopped in Carnon Downs on the way to…

25th May

…simply wonderful magnolia this is! Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ A few Crataegus species in flower perhaps for the first time: Crataegus combyi Crataegus combyi Crataegus…

19th March

…always thinks of spiraeas as summer flowering but Spiraea thunbergii is just coming out now. Spiraea thunbergii Spiraea thunbergii Spiraea thunbergii Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’ just into flower which I had…

9th May

…M. tripetala x M. obovata. I doubt there is much globosa in ‘Summer Solstice’. Magnolia ‘Summer Solstice’ We have waited a long time for Michelia laevifolia ‘Michelle’ to flower here…

23rd August

…what I assume is a second flowering. Very fine for late August and I find a Magnolia sieboldii doing the same. I presume the wet summer has led to exceptional…

31st August

…gone pink. Dipteronia sinensis 2018 – CHW A tiny dead baby grass snake in the Rockery. Possibly killed by pheasant poults? Many sightings of adders this summer and several dogs…