Pink / pink and white flowers in Paris – these lovely horse-chestnut trees line the banks of the River Seine in May. Lovely.
Rhododendron can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs or trees, with simple leaves, sometimes with a dense colourful indumentum of hairs on the lower side, and funnel-shaped, bell-shaped or tubular flowers that may be solitary or in short racemes ‘Gristede’ is a compact evergreen shrub with small, glossy green leaves and trusses of funnel-shaped, violet-blue flowersContinue reading “Rhododendron ‘Gristede’”
I had the opportunity to visit RHS Wisley earlier this week as I was visiting my daughter who lives only 10 minutes away from these gardens. Apart from missing my family, Wisley is my one regret in moving away from the South-east of England. As always there is something different to see here, although this yearContinue reading “Hyacinths”
Pulsatilla are herbaceous perennials forming clumps of finely dissected leaves, with solitary, hairy bell-shaped or cup-shaped flowers followed by silky-plumed seed-heads
Magnolias are one of my favourite plants, although I have never been lucky enough to grow one. Still there are plenty out there for everyone to enjoy. The main one featured here is Magnolia Stellata “Jane Platt” a lovely baby pink. The twinkling starry forms of stellata contrast with the large flat saucers and huge gobletsContinue reading “Magnolia”