Bitter, brisk, chilled, frigid, raw, cutting, biting, squally, gelid, blustery, frosty, piercing, icy and shivery – but a few days closer to Spring

Galanthus nivalis - nothing common about this common snowdrop There's snow Up North and temperatures hereabouts are heading back down to near freezing. There was an icy wind gusting around the glasshouses at Petersham this afternoon though a wintry sun made a welcome but unheated appearance between some very driven bouts of rain. To buoy…

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).

Mango Popsicle

Kniphofia 'Mango Popsicle' and Lythrum 'Robin' I'm experimenting with colour combinations and this is one I might try to recreate with tulip varieties when I come to look at container displays later this year. I am not a big fan of the red hot poker, in the more traditional guises at least, but this mango…