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Plant of the month for April

Plant of the month for April

My plant of the month for April is ... Rhododendron arboreum 'Blood Red' This confused "Early then cold then a bit late" season has done nothing to deter this plant. R.arboreum ' Blood Red' has to be seen to be believed.  Striking "Blood Red" flowers completely cover...

Volunteers on #internationalwomensday 2016

Volunteers on #internationalwomensday 2016

               Some of the recent volunteer success's Our volunteer scheme has come into its own in recent years. We have had a string of successful volunteers going on to either full time employment, setting up their own business or  going on to study horticulture up...

“Bug Hotel” build

“Bug Hotel” build

Bug hotel build In the south west corner of the garden, between the bird hide and new stumpery, we have a small wildlife pond. it was designed and built by pupils at the local primary school a few years back. This winter worked on re-vamping the area. The finishing...

Plant of the month for March

Plant of the month for March

Plant of the month for March is...... Camellia x williamsii 'Donation' One of our signature plants within the garden. We have the "Grandmother" of all 'Donation' ours being the only survivor of the original cross by Col. Stephenson Clarke, of Borde hill, and still...

Plant of the month for February

Plant of the month for February

The Plant of the month for February is... Magnolia sargentiana robusta 'Blood Moon' Being a clone of M. sargentiana it was selected for its larger and darker flowers. They take on a subtle purplish hue in full bloom with the flowers buds being a dark crimson. Very...

Plant of the month for January

Plant of the month for January

Rhododendron arboreum ssp.delavayi var.delavayi (Or as we call it "Delavayi") This gorgeous, tree like, Rhododendron has flowered early in 2016. Three months early! In the past we have won awards with this species at the RHS main Rhododendron show in April! The whole...

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