Poppies, a half Marathon, more from the Burkwood Brothers, Petersham Nurseries, Thug the Cat… random pictures from a chill Spring day

Autumn, Winter and early Spring Beauty: Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’

The autumn-flowering cherry, Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' Spring-flowering cherries are coming into bloom now - and a fine sight they will be, really nothing to equal the glamorous profusion of it in fact. But this one is a proper gem, since it comes into flower whenever there is a mild spell throughout the winter…

Fabulous Spring Fragrance – Osmanthus x burkwoodii – and a local Kingston-upon-Thames nursery story

A very useful evergreen shrub, with neat glossy leaves and masses of white, highly fragrant, sweetly scented flowers in early Spring. In sun or part-shade, growing 6' tall and through (though with judicious pruning after it has flowered, it can be kept more compact). The species name burkwoodii appears against several plants - and refers…

A Mediterranean Town Garden begins to shape up…

A Mediterranean Town Garden in Kew Another full day and progress is being made, though I think a hot bath is needed now for sore muscles! Pretty much all of the plants have found a home - and thankfully the soil is quite workable - stony, but compliant. Just a few specimens to plant tomorrow,…

Spring is springing… the right plants at the right time, this time

Despite the early appearance of poppies - and unexplained red hot pokers in full bloom - Spring is asserting itself with just the right kind of bulbs and blossom - a little photo-gallery so that we can appreciate Nature's Bounty But then what are these things doing in flower right now - a whole clump…

Plants and prospects for my new Kew Project

We're off  to a good start - breaking ground today on my Mediterranean project in Kew. The first crop of plants have been delivered, including those I bought from North Hill Nurseries last week. The (growing) list includes - Caryopteris Heavenly Blue, Dark Knight, White Surprise (7), Euphorbia White Swan (3), Pinus Mugo Mops, Amelanchier…

Snake charmers – Fritillaria meleagris

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardens/Rosemoor/About-Rosemoor/Plant-of-the-month/April/Fritillaria-meleagris http://apps.rhs.org.uk/plantselector/plant?plantid=814 A very helpful article from Sarah Raven in The Telegraph - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/howtogrow/8009417/How-to-grow-fritillaries.html and from Monty Don - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/gardening/article-1259182/MONTY-DON-A-soggy-spring-drown-tulips-crocuses-daffodils-magnificent-snakeshead-fritillary-thrive-it.html Some like it wet: A soggy spring can drown tulips, crocuses and daffodils, but the snakeshead fritillary will thrive in it By Monty Don UPDATED: 22:30, 19 March 2010 Most spring bulbs do best in…