11th September

…a raiding party landed at Mount’s Bay in Cornwall and 60 people who had taken refuge in a local church were dragged out, loaded up and taken off to Africa…

15th January

…Tilia mexicana Picea morrisonicola – a rare and graceful spruce from Taiwan. Mount Morrison spruce. Picea morrisonicola Picea morrisonicola Cedrus libani Cedrus libani Cedrus libani Cedrus libani The bamboos in…

23rd February

…cuttings for Asia. Camellia xylocarpa Camellia xylocarpa Camellia xylocarpa Camellia xylocarpa Rhododendron albotomentosum (arboreum series looking at its bark) was a Kingdom Ward collection from Mount Victoria in Burma. Tom’s…

21st February

…the buds start to open. Raf tells me that Mount Congreve gardens, from where this originated, have given it a name but I cannot remember what it was. yellow form…

17th February

…only the second time with six to eight flowers. This scion came as one of three from Mount Congreve gardens near Cork where the original I saw did have pale…

12th February

…the head gardener at Mount Congreve originally in 2007. Phyllocladus trichomanoides var. alpina Phyllocladus trichomanoides var. alpina I was wrong yesterday. Rhododendron ‘Bo Peep’ (pink form) is full out above…

28th May

…south facing Cornish valley overlooking St Michaels Mount. Having not been for some years I was flabbergasted at the development of the garden. It IS a really great garden even…

27th March

…we do collect a pump left outside the shop for us. It is the smaller day to day issues and problems which mount up but still have to be dealt…

10th October

…for Ilex mitis from sub-Saharan Africa where it is a large tree growing on Table Mountain and Mount Kilimanjaro above 2,500 meters. I remain doubtful. Ilex mutchagara Ilex mutchagara Ilex…

22nd March

…in Mount Hawke of a 20 year old. A hundred boy racers wearing woolly hats may just have got to grips with the reality of their ‘sport’! First flowers showing…