My own personal and private Hanami – Cherry Blossom Festival at Kew @kewgardens #CherryBlossom #Hanami

I had to rearrange my commitments this morning which gave me an unexpected hour or two to call into Kew Gardens to investigate the Cherry Blossom. An early visit meaning I was the first to park outside the Victoria Gate and one of the first to go through the gates.I was guaranteed the Cherry Walk…

This time around, a final Kew Gardens Miscellany – woodlandy, watery, with a little bird life and some proper Art

A grove, as far as I could tell, of Zanthoxylum .. The Botanical Art collection in this uber-stylish building... That's Magnolia stellata arching over the Camellia Walk and finally, Henry Moore, newly installed Reclining Mother with Child (1975-6).

Hanami – my very own Cherry Blossom Festival in Kew Gardens

A combination of recent warm weather, sunshine, light breezes and little rain combine to make the show of cherry blossom, just yesterday at Kew Gardens, beautiful. Crab-apples and wild pears, Amelanchier and the last of the magnolias were also in flower, but the cherries, by dint of the sheer exuberance of their display, won me…

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.…

The Weather Forecast…

Gales and driving rain. It won't be good for the cherry blossom. In parks, on pavements and roads - a knee-deep lava flow of tissue-thin pink and white petals. I know Cherry Blossom Time is an ephemeral display, but does it have to be blasted off the branches. So soon? Oh well, what's next?

The loveliest of trees

It’s cherry blossom season. Here’s a poem called "Loveliest of Trees" by A. E. Housman (1859 – 1936). The poem is about cherry blossoms, the quickness of life, and how now is the time to appreciate what’s around you. "Loveliest of Trees" LOVELIEST of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough,…

Flowering cherry, muscari & bergenia

Spring may be shy this year but this picture, taken on 13th April 2010 at RHS Wisley, gives us hope for blossom and colour in the garden. I confess not to have the name to hand for this delicious cherry, so densely under-planted with grape hyacinth, but I will be making a pilgrimage, later next…

Sunshine at RHS Wisley (Part II)

Unexpected sunshine, after days of rain, this Tuesday afternoon at the RHS gardens at Wisley in Surrey. Highlights - Camellias of course and notably the huge flowers of Camellia x williamsii Muskoka AGM; the suede undersides (indumentum) to the rounded leaves of of Rhododendron mallotum; flaking bark from Acer griseum and both colour and graphic…

Early Flowering Cherry, Prunus hirtipes

The presence of this very early blooming cherry in the western world is attributed to plant explorer E.H. Wilson, who made numerous sojourns to the hills of western China in the early 1900s. Following on the heels of the snowdrops, this elegant cherry (formerly known as Prunus conradinae) produces slightly fragrant single flowers, white with…