20th April

…the gardens at Windsor Great Park and one of my mentors and friends, once demanded a plant of for the Valley Gardens at Windsor. Student gardeners (as I was then…

4th February

…matured and turned grey-brown. fungi First flowers this year on Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’. Rhododendron ‘Red Admiral’ Lower branch pruning on Lomatia ferruginea to prevent overshadowing of nearby young rhododendrons. Nice…

24th October

grey spotted amanita – Amanita excelsa var. spissa – if only because of the white frills which you can just see on its stem here. Another widespread and common species…

8th February

…‘Blue Chip’ The Magnolia campbellii by Tin Garden is now full out but as it is rather a pale colour it shows up badly against a grey sky. Magnolia campbellii…

20th August

…spinosa Hazelnuts (Corylus avellana) nearly ripe rather early in this dry summer but already being attacked by grey squirrels. Hazelnuts Conkers well-formed already too (Aesculus hippocastanum) although a small crop…

2nd February

…planted shelterbelt at the top of the park. This is how it looks in maturity today as the rain starts again. A positively evil grey sea in a strong SW…

20th May

…things to see in the newly planted euonymus and viburnum species glade: Euonymus oxyphyllus (BSWJ 10815) has tiny grey cream flowers with mauve buds. Euonymus oxyphyllus Euonymus echinatus has flower…

30th April

…two or three broods above the dog kennels in recent years. A good show of grey wagtails on the lawn but I have yet to see a flycatcher there.Here is…

1st October

…renamed Eucalyptus nitida in ‘New Trees’. Eucalyptus simmondsii (nitida) has particularly graceful leaves and is rather nicer than many grey leaved eucalyptus species. Eucalyptus simmondsii (nitida) Eucalyptus simmondsii (nitida) Eucalyptus…

18th December

…enjoying its nuts in a garden in Seaview – very close to our holiday home. The Isle of Wight remains grey squirrel free. red squirrel 2017 – CHW Another trip…