Rhododendron ‘Gristede’

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 vulgaris – Pasque Flower

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”