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Spring is arriving at the Plant Centre at RHS Wisley – always packed full of  irresistible plants , I regularly spend half as much time wandering from bench to bench as I do in the Gardens themselves. The range of trees, herbaceous plants, grasses, shrubs, climbers, roses, conifers, specimen plants, fruit trees, bulbs (but not bedding) is well worth taking time over – but then this is Wisley and customers come in their thousands all through the year.

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It is a great place to find more unusual cultivars, new plants and larger specimens and, as the year turns, to see what it colourful and seasonal.

It is always (and I say this having been a regular visitor over the past decade) a useful diversion, even if you only take afew photos and make notes of plants for further research.

If you can make the time, exit the gardens through the separate Plant Centre gates (mid-way down the double Herbaceous Borders).

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Anemone blanda – these caught my eye, wood anemones in blues and white, enjoying the sunshine

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Back-lit (above) – I love this picture…

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http://www.amateurgardening.com/how-to/how-to-grow-wood-anemones/

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=q440

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I think this is a great idea too – a practical and simple living wall, with just that bit more style than wall-mounting a grow-bag… As the plants develop, the material matrix will disappear beneath the greenery.

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