RHS Wisley – blue skies and sunshine illuminate this beautiful late-November landscape

Such a beautiful day, yesterday, 24th November, under a bright blue clear sky and welcome sunshine. Chill but quite beautiful. I'd never seen the car parks so full - in fact I was directed over a mile down the lane towards the village before heading cross-country into previously unseen fields before making the trek back…

Another day, another visit to Kew Gardens – and not one, two, three nor four – but five Glasshouses and #barkwatch continues – deep joy …

Into the Palm House first, on a rather dull morning (I missed both brilliantly bright days earlier this week, one at Petersham Nurseries, the other being a Good Boy and doing some housework, washing and much-needed shopping). But hey, it's still looking grand and my kitchen floor is shiny shiny clean. The Palm House was…

Pink, Orange, Gold (Euonymus ‘Red Cascade’, Hydrangea Annabelle, Ginkgo biloba, Parrotia persica) at RHS Wisley

Euonymus europaeus Red Cascade at RHS Wisley this weekend. Intensely bright pink parachutes with intensely bright orange seeds. https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/99750/Euonymus-europaeus-Red-Cascade/Details http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3336362/How-to-grow-Euonymus-europaeus-Red-Cascade.html How to grow: Euonymus europaeus 'Red Cascade' 12:01AM BST 08 Oct 2005 Matthew Wilson on how to grow a taste of the blazing glory of New England Very little compares to a really good show…

Hand-made Christmas decorations using the very lovely Ginkgo biloba (a Blue Peter moment…)

One very good reason to have your own very own Ginkgo tree, a local and renewable source of original hand made Christmas decorations - I've had to 'scrump' for these leaves but they do make lovely little baubles. Well, I think so. Now I'll do a little research to find just the tree suitable for…

Gilded Trees – Ginkgo biloba and Parrotia persica at Kew Gardens – liquid gold, ruby & emerald

Ginko biloba - the prehistoric Maidenhair Tree, with a weeping form which is even more of an absolute gold mine, still, with generally larger leaves and longer leaf-stalks than its upright neighbours. Parrotia persica (below) gold with flashes of red and emerald. and finally, a Grandstand Wisteria... Just half an hour today at Kew Gardens…

At Kew Gardens, Ginkgo biloba – a meeting with these remarkable prehistoric trees

Ginkgo biloba at Kew Gardens today. Gorgeous golden, buttery loveliness... http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/ginkgo-biloba This remarkable tree is known as a 'living fossil', as it is the sole survivor of an ancient group of trees that date back to beyond the time of the dinosaurs. Ginkgo fossils are common in the rocks of the Jurassic and Cretaceous, but…