End of month view April 2016

Three months ago we arrived back from seven weeks in Australia thinking that in large measure we'd put winter behind us while we were away. It seems to have been an exceptionally long haul into better weather and though the days are longer and the light brighter, the temperatures are no higher than they've been…

End of month view, February 2016

It's not fair to expect much to change in February and while I haven't compared the pictures, I imagine they look much the same. Things are changing though. A few dry days have allowed me to catch up on tidying up. The grass in the foreground, Hakonechloa macra 'Mediovariegata', has been chopped right down, a…

End of month view, January 2016

I missed last month and am late this because I've been on holiday in Australia. The main impression on arriving home is that it looks pretty much the same as it did when I left. The Hakonechloas are deader and brighter, that's the orangey blobs; there's an Azalea flowering. I've just been out clearing up…

Autumn flowering Camellias

I paid a visit yesterday to the Camellia National Collection at Mount Edgcumbe in the hope that their autumn flowering camellias would be putting on a show. I was not disappointed. The autumn flowering camellias are often referred to as "the sasanquas" though some are forms of the species C. hiemalis, others hybrids. Many originate from…