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…

In the Garden Shop & Cutting Garden at Petersham Nurseries …

Tender, tropical houseplants inside the Garden Shop and elsewhere, early perennials, bulbs, flowering shrubs and spring colour. A few, random, images from Petersham Nurseries last week. We've had glorious sunshine (well, yesterday at least), so expecting the Cutting Garden to be even more verdant, more colourful and probably about a foot taller too. We're about…

A few things that caught my eye today ….

There's been a brief hiatus in these proceedings, these past few weeks. There's been a wedding (Neil & Sarah) and a family break in Chichester, and a lot of rain of course dampening the opportunities for much plant photography, however much I like that dew-dropped image. March was a bumper-month for my tweetery, with both…

Auriculas at Kew

Auriculas on sale at Kew Gardens - not in their little plant centre but right by the exit. How Fiendish! I don't think they have had them in stock for a couple of years and if I remember rightly, they were selling them last with Victorian terracotta pots, at £10 or more. Now they are…

You say Peony, I say Paeonia – whichever you prefer, there’s a wealth of choice and colour at Kew Gardens

At the head of the Family Border and the long, gently curving rose pergola, with the Temple of Aeolus on the mount behind, is the peony border, and though it is early in the season, some have already gone over, while much has yet to even get started. Others are just about right and these…

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…

A kaleidoscope of treasures in the Alpine House at RHS Wisley

Lewisia cotyledon Regenbogen The Alpine House at RHS Wisley never fails to delight me - there is always something bright and interesting to look at and the display changes with the seasons so each plant is always looking its best. There are two Glasshouses and it is the traditional display that I prefer - raised…

Primula Gold Lace Group

Primula Gold Lace Group One of my favourite springtime plants, the Florist's Polyanthus (primrose) Gold Lace Group - beautifully formed, deeply coloured & scalloped petals edged in gold, tall stems and silver buds lifted clear from a collar of ruffled green leaves. Just lovely! A strain kept alive in Lancashire and Cheshire, through the original…

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…