7th August

…light blue-grey leaves. Elymus arenarius Elymus arenarius Miscanthus sinensis ‘Ghosa’ was not bad either. Miscanthus sinensis ‘Ghosa’ Miscanthus sinensis ‘Ghosa’ Agapanthus ‘Graskop’ out long after all the others. Agapanthus ‘Graskop’…

29th August

…strange excitement at 7.20am this morning. As I sit letter writing in the study a large grey squirrel repeatedly jumps up at the glass on the window. I presume that…

1st February

…reticulata ‘Arch of Triumph’ I have been sent these five photographs of a grey squirrel fighting with a cock pheasant in Suffolk! Incredible but not clear quite who inflicted the…

2nd April

…this hybrid so special. First seen in The Valley Gardens at Windsor a couple of years ago. Late season flowerer. Magnolia ‘Purple Prince’ Magnolia ‘Purple Prince’ Some of the yellow…

Email from Maurice 1/6/2016

Subject: M sinensis Dear Charles, Thanks for the very interesting pics of your sinensis. Attached two images showing the Windsor plant plus one of the Wilson herbarium specimens from Boston…

27th March

…competition, especially from Windsor, unwelcome! Harvey is Cornish (although Nadia his wife is not) and started working life at the Probus Demonstration Garden with Jaimie so perhaps he can just…

14th May

…Chelsea. Rhododendron aberconwayi Rhododendron aberconwayi A wild clump of candelabra Primula pulverulenta is impressive in a wet area. Primula pulverulenta At Windsor last Monday we were told that they had…

13th May

…late. This record tree has survived the ravages of phytophthera unlike many others here and in other key woodland gardens – especially Windsor. Pieris japonica ‘Charles Williams’ Pieris japonica ‘Charles…

25th April

…their last ‘hurrah’. Rhododendron ‘Veryan Bay’ Rhododendron ‘Veryan Bay’ First flowering here of Magnolia ‘Purple Prince’ which I first saw in the Valley Gardens at Windsor doing so well. Magnolia…

1st June

…rounded as the herbarium specimens but just as hairy. Quite whether we have a true original M s sinensis to match the one at Windsor is therefore not conclusive although…