Cyclamen, three ways…

Cyclamen africanum One of my favourite place in Kew, the dramatic clam-shell of the Davies Alpine House - though if I am honest, I prefer the more traditional layout at RHS Wisley, with a matched pair of raised benches and specimen pots sunk into sand. The plants are all at just the right viewing height…

Parcevall Hall Gardens, Yorkshire Dales

Just pictures, for now, of this fascinating Arts and Crafts Garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Such a magical place and combining the best of all worlds - a cultivated garden amid so much wild beauty.

A Yorkshire Tale

Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon A week exploring North Yorkshire and much to see was there! Newby Hall & Gardens, near Ripon, was near the top of the list of attractions and a real plant hunters delight with much that is rare and unusual. The National Collection of Cornus kousa, a whole garden of salvias…

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…

Calceolaria in the Alpine House, Harlow Carr

Calceolaria 'Walter Shrimpton' in the new Alpine House at the RHS Gardens in Yorkshire at Harlow Carr. Extraordinary optical illusion going on here.. ... there has to be a reason for these markings  - and now I just need to find out what it is. A slightly smaller relative, Calceolaria fothergillii, pictured below.

Saxifrage Pixie Rose

  A rather wonderful, cushion-mound of mossy evergreen foliage, Saxifrage  'Pixie Rose', is a miniature showstopper when in flower (ie. now and into Summer). Foliage little more than 10cm tall, with a spread of up to 30cm, with star-shaped flowers straining upwards. One for an Alpine bed, scree or rockery, with  humus rich, moist but…