Just the pictures this time around – it is for the overall impact of these borders that I took the time to visit, rather than a label-by-label guide to naming of individual plants. I’m quite sure I’ve done that before and a quick search in these pages may provide some further elucidation. In the meantime, with the sun catching these contrasting bold shapes, evanescent forms and oh-so-tactile seed heads, enjoy!
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, a walk took me through the leaf-strewn lawns to find the grove of Ginkgo trees (amazing) and over past the grass borders (equally amazing) to […]
Categories: Alpine, Architectural Plants, Art in the landscape, Autumn garden, Camellias, Christmas, Climbing plants, General comment, Grasses, Open to the public, Ornamental trees, Roses, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Seasonal colour, Woodland Garden • Tags: Alpine House, Alpine plants, Arbutus unedo var rubra, Autumn, Autumn crocus, Blue Tits, Camellia, Chilean Bell Flower, Claire Austin, Cornus alba Sibirica variegata, Cotinus obovatus, Cotnus obovatus, Crocus laevigatus, Crocus tournefortii, Davies Alpine House, Fatsia japonica flower, Flamingos, Geranium, gertrude jekyll, Ginkgo, Grace, grass borders, Kew Gardens, Lachenalia corymbosa, Lachenalis paucifolia, Lady of Shalott, Lapageria rosea, Madame Butterfly, Madame Isaac Pereire, Mary Rose, Miscanthus, Nerine humilis, Osmunda regalis, Oxalis horta Gothenburg, Pterocarya x rehderiana, Rosa acicularis, Rosa canina, Rosa elegantula Persetosa, Rosa gallica var officnalis, Rosa Madame Abel Chantenay, Rosa mulliganii, Rosa rubrotincta, Rosa rugosa Alba, Rosa rugosa Thunb, Rosa setipoda, Rosa virginiana, Rosa x hibernica, Rose du Roi, rose hips, roses, Skylark, Sophy's Rose, Stanwell Perpetual, Swamp Cypress, The Hive, Verbana bonariensis, Viburnum davidii, Weeping Beecg
Hamamelis x intermedia Vesna Happily, Kew Gardens are a short distance from Teddington HQ (too) and as long as there is a parking space close to the Victoria Gate entrance, there is no excuse for me not to stop off and take a look inside. Sometimes this is just a short stop, perhaps less than an hour, a guerrilla incursion for a specific target – the Alpine House, Cherry Blossom, the Chokushi-Mon and Japanese Landscape, the rose walkway in full […]
Categories: Alpine, Architectural Plants, Dry Garden, Fragrant plants, General comment, Hellebore, Mediterranean Garden, Open to the public, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Snowdrops (Galanthus), Winter Garden, Woodland Garden • Tags: Anemone hortensis, Arisarum vulgare, Chimonathus praecox Grandiflorus, Chinese witch hazel, Cornus mas, Cyclamen rohlfsianum, Davies Alpine House, Erodium trifolium, Fraxinus pallisiae, Galanthus nivalis Magnet, grass borders, Hamamelis japonica Superpa, Hamamelis mollis, Hamamelis x intermedia Jelena, Hamamelis x intermedia Vesna, Helleborus argutifolius, Idesia polycarpa, Iris Eye Catcher, Iris histroides Lady Beatrix Stanley, Iris planifolia, iris Spot On, Iris Sunshine, Iris tingitana, Kew, Laperiousia oreogena, Leucojum aestevum, Magnolia campbellii, Magnolia kobus, Magnolia sprengeri var Diva, Magnolia Tonia, Magnolia x loebneri Dwarf No 1, Narcissus panizzianus, Osmanthus yunnanesis, Pallis Ash, Rose Brenda Colville, Rose longicuspis, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Sarcococca, Schizophragma integrifolium, Scilla messeniaca, Summer snowflake, Symphoricarpos orbiculatos, witch hazel
and more red hot pokers…
Categories: Architectural Plants, General comment, Grasses, herbaceous, RHS WIsley, Summer garden • Tags: Achillea, Achillea Parker's Variety, Agapanthus Buckingham Palace, Agapanthus caulescens subs angustifolius, Agapanthus Snow Cloud, Agapanthus Windsor Castle, Apricot Sky, Carex praegracillis, Crocosmias Bressingham Blaze, grass borders, Kniphofia, Kniphofia Apricot Sky, Kniphofia bicolor, Mango Popsicle, Panicum virgatum Northwind, Red Hit Popsicle, RHS Wisley, Verbena hastata, Wisley
and the Museum reflected in the lake, late afternoon sun Winter Box, Sarcococca, heavily fragrant by the Victoria Gate complex. Meanwhile, in the Davies Alpine House These Hamamelis on sale in the Garden Shop. Vesna (above and below) The sun is shining (well, it is now) and Kew Garden beckons with so much to delight. The trees are showing off their fine skeletons and there are some impressive specimens to search out. The Glasshouses give respite from the chill […]
Categories: Abstract Photograpy, Alpine, Architectural Plants, Camellias, Climbing plants, colour, Fragrant plants, General comment, Open to the public, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Snowdrops (Galanthus), Winter Garden • Tags: Alpine House, Androcymbium gramineum, Aphrodite, Barmstedt Gold, Davies Alpine House, Disporum cantoniense, Early Daffodils, Galanthus elwesii, grass borders, hamamelis, Iris planifolia, Iris regis-uzziae, Kew Gardens, Mulching, Narcissus papyraceus subsp pannizianus, Pallida, Primula verticillata, Ranunculus asiaticus, Sinofranchetia chinensis, Symphoricarpos orbiculatos, Vesna, Whiteheadia bifolia
Kirengeshoma palmata (below) Actaea rubra ssp argenta (below) and in the Salvia borders… just beginning to colour up (the show ought to go on until November) The last image is of Salvia argenta – silver-fur and quite gorgeous. The name plates for almost all the salvias in the border are lost amongst the exuberant foliage. The Davies Alpine House Behind this dramatic alpine house are the grass beds, four equal borders around a central bed with a crossing path.
Categories: Architectural Plants, General comment, Grasses, Open to the public, Plants for a shady garden?, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew • Tags: Actaea rubra ssp argenta, Davies Alpine House, grass borders, Kew Botanic Gardens, Kew Gardens, Kirengeshoma palmata, Rudbeckia laciniata var ampla, Salvia, Salvia Border, woodland garden
Low winter sunshine, strafing across the grass borders at Kew – incidentally these were being cut back to tufts of stubble by the gardeners and so I make note to do the same in my gardens soonish too – and illuminating this circle of crocus. I walked all the way around, watching the light highlight, back-light and catch all the hues from ghostly lavender to inky blue. Lovely.