Woottens of Wenhaston, thank you…. Funiculì, Funiculà, Auriculì…. Auricula!

More time travel, to 2014, though we definitely in Auricula season now methinks. These gorgeous examples were provided by Woottens of Wenhaston – also a nursery on my bucket list.   Florist’s Flowers I’m rather in love with the double auriculas which feature in the earlier part of this gallery – I didn’t think they…

Teddington Gardener Review of the Year – May 2014 – Kew Gardens, Composting, Auriculas, the first Roses, Wild Food Foraging, Chelsea Fringe and Chelsea Flower Show, Petersham Nurseries. Intimations of Summer.

Roses, amazingly early, appreciating the mild winter and warm, early Spring. Kew Gardens, Auriculas, Paeonies, Chelsea Fringe and a brief call in at the Chelsea Flower Show, more roses, much at Petersham Nurseries, Wild Food foraging with Claudio Bincoletto, the Joy of Composting… another glorious month!

Woottens of Wenhaston, thank you…. Funiculì, Funiculà, Auriculì…. Auricula!

Florist’s Flowers I’m rather in love with the double auriculas which feature in the earlier part of this gallery – I didn’t think they would glamour me quite as much, but with their gentle ruffles and mix of rich, faded and subtle colours, I’m smitten. These beauties are all auriculas, primroses, and I turn (once…

Primula auricula Gordon Douglas

I’m hoping that by looking at lots of pictures of auriculas, that I won’t need to go out and buy these beautiful and dramatic little beauties. And the more I find them in glasshouses (at Wisley, Kew, Harlow Carr), the more I hope to believe that they are temperamental creatures, needing all the mod-cons that…

In the Alpine House – the best spot to linger on a rainy day at Wisley

As usual, a House of Many Delights, the Alpine display at RHS Wisley; a traditional glasshouse with raised, sand-filled benches and the specimens sunk in their terracotta pots to be viewed at just the right height (though I noticed a folding chair left for visitors this time around). With free entry last Friday and a…