Spring is springing… the right plants at the right time, this time

Despite the early appearance of poppies - and unexplained red hot pokers in full bloom - Spring is asserting itself with just the right kind of bulbs and blossom - a little photo-gallery so that we can appreciate Nature's Bounty But then what are these things doing in flower right now - a whole clump…

Magnolias – a New Ice Age at The Savill Garden

Look up! These are, for the most part, big trees in the landscape, tall, towering forms with blossoms in crystalline white, glacial and very probably played by Tilda Swinton in the movie - but there are elsewhere, blushes of pink too, still cool but not so icy and with one, a definite warm, deep-rose. All…

After winter, intimations of Spring… Kew Gardens

and finally, the shop - orchid mania due to the extravaganza going on in the Princess of Wales Conservatory

A garden for all seasons

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire An extraordinary garden containing probably the finest Winter Garden in the UK and not looking too shabby late summer either. Few gardens offer as rich pickings as these, growing over 11,000 different types of plant, in over 40,000 plants and holding 13 National Plant Collections, set in a complementary…

Two beautiful magnolias (I want to say ‘Steel Magnolias’ but it just doesn’t work..)

Wandering through the winding paths of Battleston Hill (RHS Gardens Wisely, Surrey) this first week of June, I wasn't expecting pristine Magnolia blossom, despite the chilly countenance of Spring setting most flowering calendars out by a week or three. Taking a new path on the lower slopes (the gardeners have been extending the network of…

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (Magnolia storm)

I had hoped to get down to the Hillier Gardens this week, or at least to RHS Wisley but time seemed to be against me. And then I remembered that my annual membership to the Romsey garden also includes entry to Kew, which I happened to be passing, (after spending a couple of hours in…

Magnolia Black Tulip II

  A very recent post has an elegant bud of this particular Magnolia, Black Tulip, just beginning to break, but with little sign that it would develop into these great blossoms, many inches across. Time to get back to RHS Wisley, where this photograph was taken in 2010, for an update on this particular specimen.

Magnolia Black Tulip

Magnolia Black Tulip, a hybrid raised by Mark Jury in New Zealand and released in 1998. It was selected out of 150 seedlings that were grown from a cross between Magnolia Vulcan and Magnolia Iolanthe. The colour of the flower is an exceptionally dark ruby-red, with a large goblet shaped blossom. The foliage is dark…