Judas tree – Cercis siliquastrum

One of the most extraordinary flowering trees, with pea-like blossom, hugger-mugger on bare stems, on the previous year's wood and main branches. This specimen in the heart of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, in the Mediterranean landscape, the purple of the Judas tree contrasted with the golden-yellow of the Cistus x purpureus. Inversely heart…

Auricula Theatre

Calling into Kew this afternoon (I am making the most of my Hillier Gardens membership card), the plant centre had the most beautiful collection of auriculas, yours for £10 each, including Victorian clay pot! Difficult not to fall in love, sell the family silver and start a collection...