24th April

…a personal way of trying to see and think through the reality of what was actually happening to the country and why. While I have read some newspapers and listened…

12th May

…blend and mix paint to create the colour and feel to go with the central fountain. Quite a pair of artists! Gerry and Louisa Gerry and Louisa Goodness we are…

24th May

…I cannot currently put my hand on it. Bacon and Eggs Bacon and Eggs This plant is a cross between Hydrangea serratifolia and Hydrangea peruviana which we hope will climb…

11th December

…the overall themes of the planting plan and especially to give colour and interest right through the year. A combination of colour, fruiting trees and shrubs and new plants for…

18th May

…of the stand centre of the stand The electrics for the fountain conk out again. If we fill the water feature completely top and bottom and the electric conks we…

23rd February

…detail. Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ (New Zealand form) Magnolia ‘Lanarth’ (New Zealand form) Magnolia campbellii subsp. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ Magnolia campbellii subsp. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ Magnolia campbellii subsp. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ Arthur rang and mentioned…

11th March

…a good botanical muddle amongst the new lindera species found fairly recently mainly in China and introduced to the UK via the USA and Crug Farm. An interesting and appealing…

21st January

…to grow and are growing in the UK. Some, mainly ‘runner’ forming bamboo species, never set seed and then die (eg Sasa, Pseudosasa and Pleioblastus). ‘Clump’ forming species have variable…

12th April

…Montagu Group’ splendid today. Exbury’s Rhododendron ‘Lady Montagu Group’ Rhododendron ‘Wine and Roses’ full out. Rhododendron ‘Wine and Roses’ Rhododendron ‘Wine and Roses’ A young Stachyurus salicifolius flowering decently (top…

12th September

…used to predict the likely death rate – and, as with NASA, no-one picked up the error. In order to understand what happened, you have to understand the difference between…