Snowdrop time….

Galanthus nivalis  f. pleniflorus 'Flore Pleno' A classic double snowdrop, something to whet the appetite and perhaps prompt a visit to one of the gardens where these diminutive beauties are currently out in force, in all their myriad forms. The best varieties to choose and how to grow them - LINKS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/197933/Galanthus-nivalis-f-pleniflorus-Flore-Pleno-%28d%29/Details http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/plants/11370238/Wonderful-snowdrop-varieties.html https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/graham-rice/10-agm-snowdrops…

If you go down to the woods today (Part 2) – Hellebores, Camellias and more at RHS Wisley

Hellebores running wild in the woods of Battleston Hill at RHS Wisley. I have an inkling that these are just a little wild, I have never seen any them labelled (and pretty much everything else thereabouts is name-plated). There will be more of them in due course, these are the vanguard of a great swathe…

Flowers and fragrance at RHS Wisley

Flower and fragrance - there is no lack of interest in the woodland at Wisley These images from the Wild Wood, an area bounded by the Alpine Meadow, Rock Garden and Seven Acres, with forays up the hill for the Iris (and into the Alpine House). You can almost hear the fresh growth popping on…

Snowdrops, hellebores, crocus, winter aconites …

New growth is pushing up through the dark earth, fresh flowers taking advantage of the leafless tree canopy overhead and searching for sunlight. Snowdrops, yellow winter aconites, the earliest oriental hellebores and the first few crocus of the season. All here at Kew - and there is more to come - carpets of crocus (they…

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…

I’m ready for my close-up

Our 'common' snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, in a less typical pose. Green stripes and minature bananas? For further diversion, here are links to a couple of short videos from the BBC, with our David Attenborough... http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Galanthus_nivalis#p006b97p http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Galanthus_nivalis#p003k0pp

The return of the snowdrop – Galanthus elwesii at Kew

Under the graceful ululations of the Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum Dissectum Atropurpureum) that is a joy of fine foliage, form and startling colour both in Spring and Autumn, something that must surely draw a gasp from every lucky passer by. Set within the bulky rockery of the Alpine Beds, adjacent to the Salvia Border and…

Prunus serrula – the competition from Kew Gardens

Prunus serrula, a young specimen just inside the Victoria Gate of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew - Prunus serrula is rather better known, I think, than the Himalayan Cherry, Prunus himalaica, with its darker glossy bark. It is a small but vigorous deciduous tree of which the main attraction is the glossy, copper-red bark.…

Galanthus elwesii – the first snowdrop of 2014

A diversion this afternoon, after all my chores, to Battleston Hill - the enchanting woodland at the RHS Gardens, Wisley. Between rain showers and with a careful watch on the sodden earth, I found my first snowdrops. Galanthus elwesii is one of the first to flower, tall, with large flowers and distinctive blue-grey-green foliage, the…