Magic mushrooms

Giant willow mushrooms (and possibly toadstools), at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Very possibly to do with the just closing IncrEdibles exhibitions and events that have been gracing the gardens for the past many months. Beautifully crafted, intricate and probably realistic representations too. Of the artist, I will have to find out more.

Salvias, Salvias, Salvias everywhere!

Salvias in a long border at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, today - every imaginable colour and flower type... So many species, varieties and cultivars - I did begin to note down their names but honestly, so many had overgrown their labels, I rather gave up and immersed myself in the moment! For those interested in…

Giant Himalayan Lily – Cardocrinum giganteum

Cardocrinum giganteum, giant totems in the Woodland Garden at Kew, today. Quite amazing these, even the seedheads atop giant vaulting poles, are dramatic. I missed their flowering earlier in the year but these will decorate the Woodland Garden for weeks to come. I bought a single bulb from the RHS Spring Fair at Wisley  and…

Lapageria rosea – hidden delights at Kew

Lapageria rosea Asking for directions in the Woodland Garden today, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, I was directed along one path, down a smaller curving side passage to a brick shed and along one side of this small utility building, practically hidden from view, is this spectacular flowering vine, the Chilean Bellflower. My thanks…

Autumn blaze – Cotinus obovatus

Cotinus obovatus, at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, richly decked in Autumn colours A spectacular rare shrub or very small tree native to North America with great autumn colour, Cotinus obovatus has outstanding foliage, with very large (up to 10 cm), oval leaves. In the autumn these leaves turn stunning shades of red, orange and…

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin (Auspeet) David Austin Recommended Variety Category English Roses (English Rose Collection) Bred By David Austin Colour Rich yellow Flower Type Double/Full Bloom Hardiness Hardy Fragrance Strong and delicious fragrance varies between a soft, floral Tea and almost pure lemon according to weather conditions. Strong Repeating Excellent Special Characteristics Named after Charles Darwin the…

Antique Shades

Viola Antique Shades - one of my favourites This, from the excellent Seedaholics website... Some unbelievably coloured violas have come on the market in recent years with little notice. Most gardeners pass up these rugged, cool-season performers in favour of their larger cousins, the pansies. But don't be in too much of a hurry to…

Summer Song in November

David Austin rose, Summer Song, flowering today, showcasing a dazzlingly deep sunset red. Roses are of course, mainstays of the summer garden but many varieties, even reluctant repeat flowering kinds, often put on superb Autumn displays (and this goes for shrubs, climbers and some ramblers). Following on from such a beautifully warm and sunny summer,…