An early March visit to the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire – much to admire especially the Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) Collection …

That's it I'm afraid - one large (albeit labelled) gallery - a pictorial tour of the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Hampshire earlier this month (well, a walk around some of it, but most of that put under the camera lens).... The Hamamelis collection I stumbled across was in very fine fettle, the highlight of…

All about witch hazel – Hamamelis of every hue at RHS Wisley

Hamamelis x intermedia Orange Peel -  a fine, deeply coloured witch hazel Hamamelis x intermedia Orange Peel (above and below) a fine specimen at the base of Battleston Hill at RHS Wisley. (below) Hamamelis x intermedia Pallida - lighting up the woodland slopes at Wisley (above) Hamamelis x intermedia Pallida is deservedly one of the…

and welcome to 2014….

A very wet, chill and windy day today, the first of 2014 - and I was out and about in it all - thermals, waterproofs and wellies (my trademark hat too) keeping me warm, toastie and mostly dry. More of the same tomorrow but with the hope of drier and brighter weather before we're back…

Bergenia – Foliage & Flower

These low-growing, clump forming, usually evergreen plants are popular both for their foliage and for their attractive sprays of spring flowers. In winter, many develop attractive foliage tints. Although the spring flowers are welcome, especially after winter (and come in a range of colours from white, through pink to reds and purples), the cold-season foliage…

Camellias at Chiswick House, West London

Camellias at Chiswick House, West London. An extraordinary collection of camellias in the Duke of Devonshire's glasshouse at Chiswick House. Impressive just considering the flower power these plants exhibit and staggering considering their age, most dating to between 1830-1850.... many being the first plant introductions into the UK of their kind. Plan a trip soon.