17th September

var chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’ Cornus kousa var chinensis ‘Wisley Queen’ Secondary flowers on young Rhododendron ‘Bow Bells’ are a pleasant surprise in the sunlight. Rhododendron ‘Bow Bells’ Rhododendron ‘Bow Bells’…

17th May

…open in a few weeks’ time? Magnolia aff. floribunda var. Tonkinensis Magnolia aff. floribunda var. Tonkinensis Magnolia acuminata ‘Variegata’ does not appear yet to have any variegated leaves but very…

4th May

…pseudocamellia var. koreana Stewartia pseudocamellia var. koreana Stewartia pseudocamellia var. koreana Stewartia monodelpha – one of their national collection. Stewartia monodelpha Meliosma myriantha was a totally unknown species which needs…

5th May

…shrub with attractive new foliage and flowers. Berberis amurensis var. latifolia Berberis amurensis var. latifolia Azalea oldhamii just out but sparse flowering this year even on youngish plants. Azalea oldhamii…

29th March

…bay laurel. Laurus azorica Laurus azorica Daphniphyllum macropodum var. humile with yellowish new growth and red buds showing. Daphniphyllum macropodum var. humile Daphniphyllum macropodum var. humile Despite the mild winter…

13th February

…which I must investigate more. The research is conflicting. Clematis cirrhosa var. balerica Clematis cirrhosa var. balerica Clematis cirrhosa var. balerica and Smilax discotis intertwined together. The clematis flowers brighten…

4th June

…Abutilon vitafolium var. album ‘Veronica Tennant’ by the mist houses. Abutilon vitafolium var. album ‘Veronica Tennant’ Abutilon vitafolium var. album ‘Veronica Tennant’ Podocarpus x ‘County Park Fire’ in full new…

9th March

var. kurilensis ‘Brilliant’ Prunus nipponica var. kurilensis ‘Brilliant’ Prunus nipponica var. kurilensis ‘Brilliant’ We have layered the oldest clump of Rhododendron ‘Assaye’ over the years. As the huge branches have…

10th April

…RHS lecture tour to look at ‘unusual evergreen trees’ with eight in the audience. Picea bicolor var. acicularis (Picea alcoquiana var. acicularis) with vibrant reddish cones on a young tree….

7th April

…which has long linear leaves and tiny pale yellow bell shaped flowers on long stalks as here. Pittosporum illiciodes var. angustifolium Pittosporum illiciodes var. angustifolium Viburnum taitoense has attractive bronzy…