Hellebores for a New Year

  A picture gallery - well there are going to be a few of them, cataloguing my visit to the gardens at RHS Wisley yesterday morning. Proof, if it were needed, that these are not the dullest, least colourful or interesting times in the garden. In fact I couldn't say when those times might actually…

A Winter Gallery for your delight and delectation …

More from my Twitter account and once again, just the pictures to look at. It's late and there's another busy day tomorrow .....

Snowdrop time….

Galanthus nivalis  f. pleniflorus 'Flore Pleno' A classic double snowdrop, something to whet the appetite and perhaps prompt a visit to one of the gardens where these diminutive beauties are currently out in force, in all their myriad forms. The best varieties to choose and how to grow them - LINKS - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/197933/Galanthus-nivalis-f-pleniflorus-Flore-Pleno-%28d%29/Details http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/plants/11370238/Wonderful-snowdrop-varieties.html https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/articles/graham-rice/10-agm-snowdrops…

Winter Beauty at Osterley Park House and Gardens – a star clematis in the Winter Garden, yellow obelisks in the Tudor Garden, miniature horses in the meadow and… Batman

The Osterley Park estate, including Robert Adam House, formal gardens, parkland and extensive farmland, is rather a surprise, a great swathe of greenery within the urban sprawl of Hounslow, airplanes cutting across the skies from nearby Heathrow. It is one of the last remaining 'country estates' in London and under the care of the National…

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas… Hellebores, Tulips, Amaryllis, Anemones, Narcissus, Moth Orchids, Jasmine…

Plenty of choice here if you are looking to furnish your home and compliment a winter garden with white-flowering lovelies - tulips of course will be flowering outside next Spring but here is a taster of things to come. Paperwhite narcissus are properly in bloom now and fragrant they are too - next Spring look…

Winter Sunshine

Hellebore Winter Sunshine Another stocky, sturdy and very floriferous Hellebore, with a creamy white congestion of flowers, piled one on top and in front of each other - maturing to a deeper greeny-chocolately-red. http://www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk/item/Herbaceous-Perennials/Winter-Sunshine-PBR/LIO Helleborus x ericsmithii 'Winter Sunshine' is a fabulous variety of this choice hybrid, with clusters of purple buds on dark purple…

Anna’s Red, Candy Love & Angel Glow…. more Hellebores!

The deeply luminous Hellebore Anna's Red - big plants with big flowers and all in a rich ruby red. The cultivar is only a few years old but specimens bulk up nicely, with outward facing and nodding flowers held on tall stems. A real star and a favourite of mine, ever since I saw it…

Winter Cherry – Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’

A favourite tree, in bloom intermittently throughout the winter months whenever a mild spell allows - the blossom and the mild weather are both always welcome. These pictures were taken last week, in the Japanese Landscape by the Chockushi-Mon. Bright blue sky and dazzling low winter sunshine adding to the delight of the pretty blossom.…

I can resist everything but (Skimmia) Temptation

Hermaphrodite Skimmias offer, if it needs to be said, the best of both worlds - self-fertile plants with flower and fruit. Here are two - Skimmia japonica Temptation and a form of Skimmia japonica subsp. reveesiana - Chilan Choice. Admittedly the flowers are not the Main Event that they are with, say, Skimmia rubella or…