Autumn, Winter and early Spring Beauty: Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’

The autumn-flowering cherry, Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' Spring-flowering cherries are coming into bloom now - and a fine sight they will be, really nothing to equal the glamorous profusion of it in fact. But this one is a proper gem, since it comes into flower whenever there is a mild spell throughout the winter…

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…

Plants and prospects for my new Kew Project

We're off  to a good start - breaking ground today on my Mediterranean project in Kew. The first crop of plants have been delivered, including those I bought from North Hill Nurseries last week. The (growing) list includes - Caryopteris Heavenly Blue, Dark Knight, White Surprise (7), Euphorbia White Swan (3), Pinus Mugo Mops, Amelanchier…

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

Mellow Yellow (part 2)

Amber, citrine, primrose, sunshine, canary, gold, lemon, tawny, aureate, lutescent, xanthic, chrysal, honey, aurulent... A ripe collection of just a few yellow and golden-fruited shrubs and trees - they have all featured in other entries in the last couple of months - but I thought it would be cool to bring a few of the…

Malus transitoria – crab apple delights

Malus transitoria, the cut-leaved crab apple (photographed at RHS Wisley earlier this week) Crab apples are often excellent small trees for the garden, with late spring blossom to rival many of the Japanese Cherries, persistent fruit (attractive but only barely edible in the strictest sense). The blossom can be exceedingly fragrant and runs the gamut…