Part 2 …. A little more from the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew – my first visit in 2016 – more Witch Hazels, decorative fruit and bark – and a horrid hawthorn

King William's Temple with Hamamelis x intermedia Back to Kew (well in fact the final selection of photos from my first visit in 2016, at the end of last week) and its Witch Hazels all the way ... Hamamelis x intermedia Vesna gets us going - and the more modest Hamamelis virginiana - Hamamelis x…

My first look at RHS Wisley (this year) – Colourful winter stems, Alpine and Glasshouse finery and more…

I'm fortunate that the vast array of garden landscapes at RHS Wisley in Surrey are a short drive from Teddington HQ and that I can be as frequent a visitor as I am, without ever, ever being bored - there is always something, whatever the season, to delight and inspire. This unseasonably mild weather (about…

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…

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…

Autumn finery at Kew Gardens – Liquidambers, of course, my favourite Cotinus, Liriodendron, Hamamelis and Prunus, the ornamental cherries…

Blue skies, sunshine and a long hour at Kew Gardens to spy some autumnal goings on with a collection of amazing trees. I didn't travel far from the Palm House and I know there would be much, much more to see if I had to time to explore further - I really wanted to see…

Welcome to February with Parrotia persica Vanessa

Vanessa' is a selection of Persian ironwood that develops a more upright, columnar habit than the species. This durable tree is beautiful in every season, as its foliage, branch structure and bark are all exceptional. Its leaves are oval shaped with somewhat scalloped edges. They emerge green edged with burgundy, maturing to midgreen in summer.…