25th May

…excellent today here we cut this for Chelsea a week ago but it flopped in the heat and had to be binned before judging. Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’ Syringa vulgaris ‘Sensation’…

2nd June

Syringa wilsonii Syringa wilsonii These wild growing Papaver cambricum beside the drive are a joy. Welsh poppy – previously Meconopsis cambrica. Fairly rare in Cornwall as a native wildflower. Papaver…

18th May

…February which I pictured then. Fuchsia exorticatica Fuchsia exorticatica We cut the rather unusual Syringa pinnatifolia for Chelsea but it may well shed by the time we arrive. Syringa pinnatifolia…

20th April

…as ‘rabbit money’ as we used to call it years ago. ‘rabbit money’ Syringa pinnatifolia in full flower before the leaves appear. Syringa pinnatifolia Syringa pinnatifolia A young Magnolia acuminata…

17th April

…tour groups than ever this year as the weather remains fair with coldish nights. Syringa pinnatifolia is just coming out and, again, well before its normal time. Syringa pinnatifolia Syringa

24th April

…‘Comtessa de Paris’ was especially fine. Malus ‘Comtessa de Paris’ Malus ‘Comtessa de Paris’ An unidentified syringa species. unidentified syringa species. unidentified syringa species. Wisteria ‘Pink Ice’ perhaps? Wisteria ‘Pink…

4th June

…on the flower of another new Syringa species which we saw last week. Syringa reticulata Kalmias planted in 1991 are now a bit too much in the shade but we…

30th May

…less standout than other species. Halesia macgregorii Interesting new growth on Nyssa leptophylla. Nyssa leptophylla The double flowered and ancient Azalea ‘Narcissiflorum’ just out. Azalea ‘Narcissiflorum’ Syringa josikaea just showing…

12th June

…gold coin really as big as this? Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’ Cornus kousa ‘Doubloon’ Syringa vulgans ‘Sensation’ is nearly over. Missed it properly again this year. This is one of the…

10th June

…perado subsp. platyphylla and Ilex perado itself. Ilex perado subsp. azorica Ilex perado subsp. azorica Daphniphyllum paxianum (BSWJ 9755) Daphniphyllum paxianum Syringa tomentella flowering in the frames. Syringa tomentella First…