In the Wild Garden – woodland glades at RHS Wisley in Surrey- meandering paths betwixt the Rock Garden, the Alpine Meadow and Seven Acres. Plenty to delight with bluebells, rhododendrons, camellias, tree paeonies, Chinese dogwoods, Ekianthus campanulatus, Fritillaria Imperialis, Bergenias, Dipelta, Acers, the Judas Tree – Cercis siliquastrum and probably every colour in the rainbow.
I had no time to wander up to Battlestone Hill, where there is so much more to see – I hope I get there soon to admire the Rhododendron and Azalea displays in particular. For that matter, the Isabella Plantation within Richmond Park ought to be developing nicely, working up to a real blaze of colour.
Magnificent Acers by the Alpine Meadows at Wisley
Paeonie delavayi var. ludlowii (below)
Paeonie suffruticosa Thomas Hardy (below)
Paeonie x lagodechiana, below (actually this was out in the open, within the Rock Garden)
Paeonie suffruticosa Hakuo-jisi (below)
Chinese flowering dogwood, Cornus kouza var chinensis (below)
(below) A Champion Tree at Wisley, Rhododendron Halopeanum – with Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) at its feet
Ekianthus campanulatus (below)
A large shrub, Dipelta floribunda (above) underplanted with Fritillaria imperialis (below) and Bergenia (below that..)
Cercis siliquastrum, the Judas Tree – pea-like blooms, hugger-mugger on bare stems (below)
Smyrnium perfoliatum (below) – lime green umbels throughout the woodland floor
True-blue? Rhododendron (below)
Acer (I didn’t catch the name..)
Paeonie delavay var. ludlowii (below)
Acers, Wisteria and Bergenia (below)
Azara serrata Andes Gold (against the House)
Magnolia Daybreak (below) – this one was amidst the Camassia plantation, but fits the theme..