Kew Gardens – Early One Morning

Rolling back the years, almost exactly four years ago in 2016, to an early morning wander through Kew Gardens. As I was working that Sunday I really must have put on some speed to cover so much from the early 8am opening, heading out by 9.30am to head back down the river to Richmond and…

Kew Gardens – Early One Morning/Lazing on a Sunday Morning

Kew Gardens once again opens its gates at 8am for Friends of Kew, right through the Summer. I took advantage of this early opening on Sunday before heading over to Petersham Nurseries and really appreciated the cool calm and quiet - there were other folk about but few and far between (it's a big place)…

A few things that caught my eye today ….

There's been a brief hiatus in these proceedings, these past few weeks. There's been a wedding (Neil & Sarah) and a family break in Chichester, and a lot of rain of course dampening the opportunities for much plant photography, however much I like that dew-dropped image. March was a bumper-month for my tweetery, with both…

From the Queen’s Garden, skirting the Orangery for some beautiful Irises and a hint of the peonies to come – and on to two remarkable wisterias. Kew Gardens – take a walk with me….

Leaving Kew Palace behind me and heading towards the Duke's Garden, the walk takes me past several stands of striking variegate Irises, which I think would convert anyone who is averse to any varigated foliage, full stop. The flowers are a bonus, but the leaves on their own, especially with a froth of blue forget-me-nots,…

RHS Great London Plant Fair 2014 – a last look at this Springtime Miscellany

   and heading home.... with my bag of scented pelargoniums from Fibrex Nurseries - lemon, attar of roses, orange, pine and peppermint...

You say Lamprocapnos, I say Dicentra….

  I've posted about this elegant, arching Spring flowering perennial, recently changing its name from Dicentra to Lamprocapnos (trills off the tongue doesn't it?). Let's settle on Bleeding Heart. An unusual photograph for the concentration of flower, usually seen in, well, single, elegant arches. A bit of a cheat since there were about a dozen…

Pinks, lime and black… and a Musical

Four completely unrelated plants, though all catching my eye yesterday and each of considerable merit. Clematis alpina Diamond Anniversary, with creamy white tepals backed with a gentle webbed shading of pale purple. Early flowering, growing to 2m. A mediterranean spurge, Euphorbia Black Pearl, a compact form of Euphorbia characias, with black nectaries giving the plant…