9th April

…‘Atlas’ and Magnolia sargentiana (pure) Early this morning I saw a batch of some 200 house martins circling above the pond but at a great height. As big a group…

10th April

…yet, much foliage. So a big plant when it arrived from Crûg Farm and clearly not yet a big seller for them. I suspect this diary may have helped improve…

11th April

…remains uncertain as is stated in the Pocket Guide (which always has been too big for even my largest pocket). Rhododendron haemaleum var. atrorubum Here are a few pictures of…

22nd July

…alive. Rhododendron sinogrande was the great casualty of the 1975 drought. big leafed rhodos big leafed rhodos Plenty of wild strawberries are the bonus for the grass cutting team. Over…

26th July

…ilex oak above the front door which fell in the rainstorm 10 days ago. ilex oak 2018 – CHW The heatwave gets even worse. The big leafed rhododendrons might last…

21st February

…open and have cropped some, also (flowering) is Forrest’s big Camellia by the gun room door, with a big single white lower rookery. 1917 – JCW No sign of a…

25th February

…zenii Magnolia zenii 2019 – CHW Above the greenhouse today.Magnolia ‘Big Dude’ has the odd flower out. Magnolia ‘Big Dude’ Magnolia ‘Todds Fortyniner’ is still splendid eight weeks after showing…

15th January

…a Brexit retaliation? I must ask Asia what she thinks. Camellia ‘Quintessential’ Camellia ‘Quintessential’ Lots of new magnolias for planting out in a month or so. Quite a big job…

2nd March

…the same colour as Splendour. Quite a big show today. seedling First flowers showing on the Magnolia denudata ‘Forrest Pink’ which was smashed down by a tree a few years…

7th April

…opening). Rhododendron araiophyllum Rhododendron araiophyllum Rhododendron wilsonae – this clump of plants is over 100 years old. Rhododendron wilsonae We have shown this gorgeous big leaf under various names at…