Orange and indigo… stunning flowers for an Autumn celebration

Cor blimey! luv-a-duck apples-and-pears…

The Wild Pear, Pyrus pyraster, blooming at Kew (above) Pyrus nivalis the Snow Pear, flowering in front of a group of Amelanchier (above) Amelanchier intermedia (above) Malus Laxton's Red (above and below) Malus Robert's Crab (above) Malus baccata Jackii (above) Malus halliana (above) Malus Laxton's Red (above) and the 'duck' in question... Crab-apples and wild…

The most gorgeous, happiest little crab apple

I met this beautiful little tree this afternoon, the both of us positively basking in the warm sunshine and (the tree) having suffered not a jot with the chilly winds and hail we have had earlier this week. I don't know the cultivar but is an early-flowering variety, or has been chivvied along by the…

Plant Hunting in Teddington

A gentle pavement expedition, a street safari, to see what the front gardens of this particular bit of Teddington might throw up, by way of Winter Interest. With a tide of concrete washing over so many front gardens, plants are losing out to car parking at an alarming rate, with consequences for wildlife, drainage/water runoff…

Malus x robusta – an abundant crab apple

Fruitful abundance - Malus x robusta, by the Victoria Gate cafe at Kew A crab apple smothered in glossy red fruits and making quite an impact, with me and my furry friend, by the cafe at Kew Gardens. Red Sentinel is a commonly available named variety of this cross, with an Award of Garden Merit…

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…