5th May

…an especially fine form (previously lutea var. ludlowii). Paeonia ludlowii Paeonia ludlowii Paeonia ludlowii Discaria discolor – a completely new genus and tree to me with contorted bark. Discaria discolor

1st April

subsp. jacquemontii ‘Knightshayes’ Betula pendula subsp. szechuanica ‘Liuba White’. Betula pendula subsp. szechuanica ‘Liuba White’ Betula pendula subsp. szechuanica ‘Liuba White’ Betula utilis subsp. albosinensis – the best catkins today….

20th June

…much the same state. Illicium griffithii The Rhododendron maddenii above Orchid House Nursery with its unusually huge flower trusses compared to Rhododendron maddenii subsp. crassum or Rhododendron polyandrum which flower…

28th July

…‘Pendulum’ Cercidiphyllum japonicum ‘Pendulum’ Rhododendron fortunei ssp. discolor full out in the main quarry and splendid as usual. Rhododendron fortunei ssp. discolor Rhododendron fortunei ssp. discolor Secondary flowers on the…

21st June

…Tilia caroliniana subsp. heterophylla Tilia caroliniana subsp. heterophylla Compare to Tilia chenmoui (a Keith Rushford collection). Planted 2016. Tilia chenmoui Abies homolepis (planted 2009) with even more of its spectacular…

19th July

…heterophylla (syn. Tilia monticola) with enormous secondary growth new leaves. Tilia caroliniana subsp. heterophylla Tilia caroliniana subsp. heterophylla The dwarf Fagus sylvatica ‘Franken’ with white secondary growth and mottled older…

29th September

…Acer sterculaceum subsp. franchettii turning colour but only to brown! Acer sterculaceum subsp. franchettii Acer sterculaceum subsp. franchettii Photinia niitakayamensis with fruits and a few older leaves turning red. This…

16th June

…Most S. japonicus and S. formosanus forms nearly over. Styrax wuyuanensis A small flowered form of Rhododendron maddenii below Donkey Shoe just showing. Rhododendron maddenii Rhododendron fortunei subsp. discolor just…

30th June

…dealbatas is out. The others not quite. Magnolia dealbatas Clethra fabri (FMWJ 13037) with spectacular foliage at Donkey Shoe. Clethra fabri Rhododendron fortunei subsp. discolor in the main quarry full…

23rd February

…to see this one! Magnolia ‘Atlas’ (seed parent) and Magnolia campbellii subsp. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ (pollen parent) Magnolia ‘Atlas’ (seed parent) and Magnolia campbellii subsp. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ (pollen parent) Magnolia ‘Atlas’…