A roundup of recent tweetery – snowdrops & camellias, hellebores of course

Galanthus Warburg Primrose (above) and Galanthus Bertram Anderson (below) Galanthus elwesii var elwesii Maidwell L (above) and Galanthus nivalis Magnet (below) Galanthus plicatus Colossus (above and below) 'Tis Snowdrop time, as with much else, early this year and so I thought I'd get myself into gear with a just a select selection. More, obviously, to…

Daphne odora Aureomarginata, Edgeworthia chrysantha, Double Primulas, Hellebores, Crocus and Almond Blossom – A Day in the Life….

I am blessed with the scent of this beautiful plant - drifting across the nursery and Siren-like, it calls to me so that I can breathe in more of this delicious fragrance. Sweet, honeyed, hints of lily and jasmine, citrus, intense but not cloying. Fleeting too on the breeze, caught and then lost again. I…

Rhododendron nobleanum album – an early flowering beauty

Rhododendron nobleanum album - at least two specimens on Battleston Hill at RHS Wisley were in flower when I last visited a couple of weeks ago - this old variety will flower anytime between January and March and perhaps even later, after the last frosts. Mid-January, it was the first of the rhododendrons I saw…

Winter sweet – Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’

Scent in the winter garden - Chimonathus praecox 'Grandiflorus' Several fine specimens by the lake edge at Kew, near to the Plant Centre... I'm bewitched by scented plants and I do seem to have stumbled upon some quite spectacular examples in the few short hours I spent at Kew and Wisley earlier this week. I'll…

Liver spots – Clematis cirrhosa ‘Freckles’

C. cirrhosa var. purpurascens 'Freckles' Clematis cirrhosa species is an early-flowering, evergreen climber from southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. The flowers are cream, cup-shaped, often red-flecked and up to 7cm (3in) across, appearing in winter or early spring, and followed by attractive seed heads. This attractive, vigorous cultivar was raised by Raymond Evison of Guernsey…