Every year I am bewildered when I see garden centres and supermarkets selling ‘painted’ heathers in a variety of garish colours.
A great place to find plant inspiration for your own garden.
This is a seasonal look at flowers, shrubs and trees, with tips on growing and pruning.
A gorgeous spring flower and an inspirational quote.
I picked this little posy of flowers from my garden today. Whilst I expect the Helleborus (Christmas rose) and the Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ to be in flower at this time of year, the scabious, knautia and stocks are flowering outside of their normal flowering time due to the incredibly mild weather we have had recently.
When we visited Pencarrow house in Cornwall earlier this year, we were told the story of how an 19th century owner, Sir William Molesworth, bought the first specimen of Araucaria araucana, and planted it in a solemn ceremony before a house party. Upon touching its prickly leaves, the noted barrister Charles Austin remarked “It would be a puzzle for a monkey”. His remark has given the tree its common name of Monkey Puzzle.
This is a macro of the end of one of the branches of a young Monkey Puzzle tree in a local park.