Golden fruit – Viburnum opulus ‘Xanthocarpum’

Viburnum opulus 'Xanthocarpum', - our native Guelder Rose, literally with 'Golden Fruit'. These deep yellow, translucent fruits are a change to the more usual red. Planted together - red and yellow - and if you can get it, the compact form of both, 'Compactum', t'would make a fine sight in a smaller garden too. The…

Swans, Sackler and Swamp Cypress

A break from the purely Horticultural although this fine specimen (if a disappointed one as I had brought no bread crumbs) was photographed in Kew, by the gorgeous Sackler Crossing.There is also, by the bridge, and just to reclaim the horticultural bias, a fine Swamp Cypress, Taxodium distichum, something I've mentioned very recently, this one…

The Mediterranean Landscape at Kew

There is a lot you would quite rightly expect to see in the Mediterranean Landscape at Kew - olive trees, of which there are many (and my garden has them both old and gnarled) rock roses - Cistus of many varieties Hebes - ditto above Phlomis tuberosa (ragged) tall slender Cypress (I shall use a…

Hip Hip Hooray for Roses (again..)

A small selection of the rose hips display in the rose garden at Kew - sheltered by the Palm House and watched by sentinels of topiary. Not all roses produce rose hips of any significant or decorative consequence; some pull out all the stops and at least equal the floral display. For those roses which…

Prima ballerina – Helleborus x ericsmithii ‘Pirouette’

I'm getting to rather like this hellebore, Pirouette, for the beautiful congestion of flowers and buds, toothed foliage and compact form. Dusky buds, opening to white blooms fading to equally dusky pink. Typical dark green, leathery leaves on a plant reaching 15" (I'm in an Imperial Mood). While I am on the subject, Helleborus foetidus,…

Swamp Cypress

I meant to identify the trees on the island when I posted this picture beforehand - I don't think it is too poetic to think that the branches appear to be flowing away from the trunk, like seaweed or reeds in a stream - or flames in a strong wind. I've never noticed this before,…

Hellebore Heaven – Penny’s Pink and Pirouette

The seasons begin their shift towards Spring - isn't it noticeably lighter, later, already - and Hellebores will be coming to the fore. Certainly a plant that can be the subject of (more than) a mild addiction. Penny's Pink Plant breeder Rodney Davey gives us this beauty - Penny's Pink - and another (my favourite)…