Orchids all the way at Kew Gardens – the Princess of Wales Conservatory prepares to put on a show (plus a trip into the desert)

The Princess of Wales Conservatory, never a dull destination within the expanse of Kew Gardens, is preparing for their annual Orchid Festival - it begins on the 7th February and runs through to the 8th March. http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/whats-on/orchids From past experience, it is going to be an intensely colourful and beautiful extravaganza and with temperatures outside…

Orange, scarlet, blue and shocking pink – Christmas in Technocolor

A little technicolor dreaming, an antidote to a wholly white Christmas - intimations of spring too - tulips and hyacinths flowering outdoor next April/May, as cut flowers, we can enjoy them now - the anemones and Amaryllis too - while Orchids are available year round. Clementines, limes and lemons - just as colourful and a…

and now for something a little tropical… the Glasshouse at RHS Wisley

The lilac blue flowers at the base of the waterfall are Hypoestes aristata, next to the Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia regina. Sword Agave - last seen in the Hotel gardens in Madeira... The Glasshouse at RHS Wisley https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley/Articles/Greenspiration-at-Wisley  

Winter Sunshine, Hellebores, Iris Katharine Hodgkin, Cymbidiums and farewell to Syon….

Hellebore x ericsmithii Winter Sunshine is a bushy, clump forming hellebore, flowering for a long period in early spring. Creamy white flowers age with green tints through to a mellow pink, and all the colours seem to blend very well together, nothing muddy about the transitions either. Lots of flowers, though again, spaced enough apart…

Time for a bit of colour – Zygopetalum Orchid

Cold and moderately wet, still - and little to entice you out and and in to the garden - so best to enjoy houseplants and glasshouses and conservatories and indoor-iness generally. Zygopetalum are orchids that last in flower almost as long as the more common Phalaenopsis (moth orchids) but with a touch more drama. The…