The Teddington Gardener

Flower!

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Cornus mas, Cornelian Cherry

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Prunus Okame

Further findings from my most recent walk through Kew Gardens (we’ve seen Bark!) and I hadn’t expected to see much by way of trees in flower, this early in the season. Three specimens caught my eye. The Cornelian Cherry, Cornus mas, was putting on a delicate show, by the lake. bright but widely spaced clusters of  yellow flowers.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3308195/How-to-grow-Cornus-mas.html

Prunus Okame is like a sprung catapult – thousands of pink buds just waiting to smother the bare branches in cup-shaped carmine pink flowers. A week or two more… Just north of the Mediterranean Gardens.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/3341800/On-the-spot-The-best-ornamental-Japanese-cherries.html

The Marn Elm, Ulmus villosa, was new to me, with these oatmeal baubles on graceful bare stems and a beautiful symmetry. Not showy, but commanding of a close look. Not far along from Brentford Gate, heading towards the top of the Rhododendron Walk.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulmus_villosa

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