Rhododendron cinnabarinum at Emmetts Garden – pendant, deep, warm shades of orange

I saw this rhododendron right at the top of the bluebell wood in Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property just outside Sevenoaks in Kent and noted the pendant habit of the flowers and of course, the warm, deep shades of orange, both setting this apart as a rather special rhododendron. I suspected it was R.…

A bolt of voltage orange – Get thee behind me, pale pastels!

Anyone who has seen my Facebook or Twitter account (@Martin_Ogden), will already have seen pictures of these intense-shock-therapy-orange tulips, a furnace-like pot of them on my front doorstep - but I am in a proselytizing mood and Orange domination is the theme... If you are uncertain as to my commitment to this bravest of colour…

The RHS Great London Plant Fair 2014 – Tulips and Daffodils

Tulips on display from HW Hyde & Son, at the RHS Great London Plant Fair today at the Horticultural Halls. The event is open this evening and tomorrow and is as colourful and fragrant affair as one could wish. This tulip display won a coveted Gold Medal from the judges. And of course, when there…

Spring is springing… the right plants at the right time, this time

Despite the early appearance of poppies - and unexplained red hot pokers in full bloom - Spring is asserting itself with just the right kind of bulbs and blossom - a little photo-gallery so that we can appreciate Nature's Bounty But then what are these things doing in flower right now - a whole clump…

Strong Beer and other primroses…

While we are on the subject of Primroses, Polyanthus and Primlets, I saw this darling gem at the garden centre at Kew - Primula Strong Beer. Deep blue-violet flowers over deep purple flushed leaves. I also saw Polyanthus Castillion, an orange (not pictured) with dark leaves and a favourite of mine last year (Orange, as…

A ferocious cycad – Encephalartos ferox

Not for the average conservatory, Encephalartos ferox, almost a living fossil and apparently a ferocious one too (ferox). And Orange, or reddish-orange, these cones. Altogether striking, enjoying the heat and high humidity of the Palm House at Kew. http://www.kew.org/plants/cycads/pollination.html

The Generous Gardener

A vase full of rose hips from The Generous Gardener, a favourite from David Austin No flowers for the Christmas table this year, but a display of these rather fat and rosy orange hips from The Generous Gardener. A very adaptable large shrub or climber, with large soft pink, highly fragrant flowers, flaming red fresh…

A touch of orange – Dahlia David Howard

Dahlia David Howard, among grasses and late flowering salvias, catching the November sun.. The dahlias are almost over - the inevitable frosts are heading our way, to blacken the foliage and signal the time to lift and protect the tubers until next spring. This particular variety, compact and with already dark leaves and small, beautifully…