IMG_0490IMG_0488IMG_0486Stachyurus chinensis, a beautiful golden rain next to the House at RHS Wisley, looking across to the Lily Pond, past the King and Queen..

IMG_0492IMG_0435IMG_0419IMG_0422IMG_0426IMG_0418An exceptional specimen this, spicily fragrant and with larger flowers than the common-or-garden variety – there is one Ordinary specimen next to the Stachyurus pictured above that is going over now, while this one, in a shadier spot in the centre of the Bowles Corner garden, is much fresher altogether.


IMG_0439IMG_0441IMG_0450IMG_0451IMG_0446IMG_0416IMG_0415IMG_0412Working my way now back along the upper path above the meadow towards the Rock Garden…

IMG_0410IMG_0405IMG_0402A little collection of Corydalis now in the shade of one of the larger trees, though with no labels to tell me which they might be..

IMG_0397IMG_0394IMG_0393IMG_0391IMG_0390IMG_0387Curious flowers, these and I have never been sure that I actually like them – seeing them in this mix, little pockets of colour among other spring bulbs, I think I might…

IMG_0386IMG_0384IMG_0381IMG_0380IMG_0377A cherry that is both weeping and ascending…?

IMG_0371IMG_0376IMG_0370The largest of these Fuji Cherries I’ve come across, or noticed at least, before. Actually there are two plants here side by side, but think on when you find a diminutive little specimen in the nursery for mighty and beautiful it will be!

From here, skipping past the Alpine House about which I have already written, we find ourselves at the bottom of Battleston Hill – the map gives you an idea of the swirling pattern of paths here, though not of the changes in height, with miniature peaks and valleys even within the overall hillside topography.

IMG_0239IMG_0240IMG_0233IMG_0234IMG_0236IMG_0235I think this, complete, refers to Corylopsis sinensis Spring Purple, with the red rhododendron in the background.


IMG_0223IMG_0221IMG_0222IMG_0217IMG_0211IMG_0215IMG_0204IMG_0201IMG_0203IMG_0195IMG_0193IMG_0192IMG_0181IMG_0191IMG_0188IMG_0186IMG_0184IMG_0174IMG_0173IMG_0159The Trial Fields

IMG_0056IMG_0057IMG_0066IMG_0068IMG_0058IMG_0060IMG_0059IMG_0065IMG_0016IMG_0018IMG_0007Trilliums (above)

IMG_9997Erythroniums (above)

IMG_9935Walking backwards through the original Rose Garden and the adjacent Cottage Garden

IMG_9934IMG_9919… past the crocus which colour the lawns by the house –

IMG_9930and the Double Herbaceous Borders (all quiet here) and into the Plant Centre…


IMG_9723Fritillaria meleagris (above) and Fritillaria Imperialis (below)

IMG_9705IMG_9711IMG_9729IMG_9712IMG_9735IMG_9761Beds of Pieris (above)

IMG_9744IMG_9740IMG_9748IMG_9741and a few varieties of Rosemary for sale…

IMG_9833IMG_9835IMG_9859IMG_9853IMG_9851IMG_9889IMG_9860IMG_9885IMG_9881IMG_9883and a few forsythias on offer …

IMG_9910IMG_9908Euphorbia characias wulfenii

Uncle Toms Rose Tonic and a bottle of SB Plant Invigorator later….


Well I don’t think I’ve missed anything out from my visit – having already looked at the Magnolias and Alpine House – though great swathes of the gardens were missed (on account of the crowds taking part in the Easter Bunny Hunt). This does leave me with much to explore after the Easter School Holidays are over when, midweek, I might have more of the landscape to myself.

As it was, Battleston Hill was very quiet and this was where the magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons, cherry and corylopsis, hellebores and woodland bulbs were all to be found!