A Kew Gardens Miscellany – the Roses (some flower, lots of hips), a glide through the Davies Alpine House and of course, some autumn leafery (see the Ginkgos) …

An unexpected bit of free time today and lo! A parking space by the Victoria Gate which meant I had to stop - and (first things first) smell the roses. Gertrude Jekyll, Stanwell Perpetual and Madame Isaac Pereire brought High Summer right back on a mostly overcast mid-November day. Soul food. From the Rose Garden,…

Bare naked ladies, cholera and the beautiful Colchicum, the Autumn crocus (and a Waterlily that is a lily, not a crocus, but not ‘that’ waterlily…)

Colchicum Waterlily growing in the woodland edge of the EA Bowles Garden at RHS Wisley earlier this week. Delicate they look, but are clearly tough enough to rough it out with the other woodland floor dwellers, like the Arum marmoratum in the foreground there. The leaves make a brief appearance in spring but are gone…

Naked Ladies….

Colchicum Glory of Heemstede - the autumn crocus and the pure white variety... Colchicum speciosum 'Album' Naked ladies eh? That should increase the visitor numbers to this blog, though how disappointing to be confronted with the Autumn Crocus! Naked, because the flowers appear before the leaves. X-rated this is not. There are crocuses which flower…