Hanami – my very own Cherry Blossom Festival in Kew Gardens

A combination of recent warm weather, sunshine, light breezes and little rain combine to make the show of cherry blossom, just yesterday at Kew Gardens, beautiful. Crab-apples and wild pears, Amelanchier and the last of the magnolias were also in flower, but the cherries, by dint of the sheer exuberance of their display, won me…

Kew Green – waiting for the Wisteria to flower…

A brief stop on the north side of Kew Green, to a terrace of charming and characterful houses. I missed the Wisteria the last time if memory serves and I am a couple of weeks early this time around - it is just beginning to emerge with hints of blue against the brickwork. The double…

Flower!

Further findings from my most recent walk through Kew Gardens (we've seen Bark!) and I hadn't expected to see much by way of trees in flower, this early in the season. Three specimens caught my eye. The Cornelian Cherry, Cornus mas, was putting on a delicate show, by the lake. bright but widely spaced clusters…

Cherry Blossom Time

Prunus Kursar. I've posted about this particular tree before, though the picture I was using was from 2012. This image was taken a few days ago. Flowering ornamental cherries are a fine sight in the spring, though this year, few specimens are giving any hint of the show to come. They can be excellent specimen…

Flowering cherry, muscari & bergenia

Spring may be shy this year but this picture, taken on 13th April 2010 at RHS Wisley, gives us hope for blossom and colour in the garden. I confess not to have the name to hand for this delicious cherry, so densely under-planted with grape hyacinth, but I will be making a pilgrimage, later next…

Prunus ‘Kursar’

Excerpts from the RHS commentary on this early flowering cherry: This small tree packs a punch with beautiful deep-pink saucer flowers profusely borne on bare stems. It is a favourite of our gardeners because it gives a splash of intense colour before the other showy flowering trees such as magnolias... really get going. The ornamental…

Early Flowering Cherry, Prunus hirtipes

The presence of this very early blooming cherry in the western world is attributed to plant explorer E.H. Wilson, who made numerous sojourns to the hills of western China in the early 1900s. Following on the heels of the snowdrops, this elegant cherry (formerly known as Prunus conradinae) produces slightly fragrant single flowers, white with…