A snapshot of Spring – Alpine & Woodland – Kew Gardens, mostly

Here's another of those galleries, a tumble-jumble of images but all taken in the last week and mostly at Kew Gardens. I did pop over to RHS Wisley on Saturday for their Spring Plant Fair - and bought a selection of Martagon Lilies from Jacques Armandes International and some brightly (brave, they called them) coloured…

A banquet-kaleidoscope-smorgasbord-gallimaufry of early Spring colour and scent … (or Where’s Thug?)

Ah, well, you've got me - one huge gallery of images and barely a note to cover the 'who, what, why, where and when' of it all - The 'where'will be at Kew and Wisley and a few points in between, including those deliciously cool crocus on my own front step, delicately rain-dropped and rather…

Flights of Fancy – Hippeastrums on trial at RHS Wisley

The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley is host to a trial of Hippeastrums (though you might say Amaryllis) and a fine show they make, with such a wide variety of form and colour, with giant trumpets and spidery filamentous-ness side by side, gentle pastels against the brassiest and brightest, velvet against satin against crystal. https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/plants-blogs/plant-trials/february-2015/hippeastrum-on-trial Amaryllis…

A return to Kew and some contortions in the Davies Alpine House required … plus an invitation to an Open Day

A selection of colourful delights from the Davies Alpine House at Kew, from last week. Bent back and scuffed knees, getting these images, but I love these displays, and as a special treat, there is 'behind the scenes' access to the Alpine Glasshouses and the work of the Alpine gardeners at Kew this coming weekend,…

RHS Wisley this time around, Alpine treasures and Butterflies in the Glasshouse

Butterflies in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley and moving into the Alpine House next - Plenty of treaures in the Alpine House, Fritillaries especially on this visit Butterflies, first, in the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley - happily I timed my visit on one of the last days of this event (I feared I'd missed it)…

Kew, orchids, alpines and enjoying life under the macro-lens

Close, closer, close-up - Aloe africanum in the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew - a majestic specimen in flower, with nectar beading in the warm dry conditions. My new Sigma macro lens made a pretty good job of capturing the detail, even though I had to lean precariously over from the path, across some…

An early March visit to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire – much to admire especially the Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) Collection …

That's it I'm afraid - one large (albeit labelled) gallery - a pictorial tour of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire earlier this month (well, a walk around some of it, but most of that put under the camera lens).... The Hamamelis collection I stumbled across was in very fine fettle, the highlight of…

A little bit of catching up to do – first, a birthday with a view …

I've been a little tardy in updating these pages with my horticultural comings and goings though in truth it has been little more than a couple of week's absence. Twitter has been tickled with news and horticultural highlights and I've made more of an attempt on Instagram to keep it well fed - I haven't…