Primula Gold Lace Group

Primula Gold Lace Group One of my favourite springtime plants, the Florist's Polyanthus (primrose) Gold Lace Group - beautifully formed, deeply coloured & scalloped petals edged in gold, tall stems and silver buds lifted clear from a collar of ruffled green leaves. Just lovely! A strain kept alive in Lancashire and Cheshire, through the original…

All things bright and beautiful

Forthergilla Mount Airy Fothergilla gardenii - dwarf Fothergilla Fothergillas have assumed their rightful place in American gardens as magnificent shrubs that offer superb flowers and foliage, in both summer and autumn, as well as sun and shade tolerance. They do not have a bad season. The habit of dwarf fothergilla is significantly variable, from a…

More strange fruit… Cornus kousa ‘John Slocock’

The kousa dogwood -  - a most elegant dogwood, but often lost in the landscape shadow of Cornus florida. For many parts of the country however (referring to the US), C kousa is probably a better choice. In youth the habit is stiffly upright, almost vase-shaped, but with age it becomes rounded to broad-spreading, with…

You say Lamprocapnos, I say Dicentra….

  I've posted about this elegant, arching Spring flowering perennial, recently changing its name from Dicentra to Lamprocapnos (trills off the tongue doesn't it?). Let's settle on Bleeding Heart. An unusual photograph for the concentration of flower, usually seen in, well, single, elegant arches. A bit of a cheat since there were about a dozen…

Acer rubrum Red Sunset (Franksred)

Red maples are famed for their autumn show, with fiery tints and golds, but spring give us something special too by way of quite significant flowers, held against bare stems. This photograph taken last March, the 15th, in the arboretum at RHS Wisley. Acer rubrum Red Sunset is a star and together with October Glory…